I'm trying to install IE 9 but it says I have already installed the latest IE version, while I have no internet explorer installed. Instead, there is an update called Windows Internet Explorer 9 which fails to uninstall. So how do I install IE 9?

System Update Readiness Tool for Windows never fixes the issue.

Windows 7 x64 SP1. Never had IE 9. Not listed in Windows Features. Was deleted from the iso image.

Re-installing is not an option.

What I actually need is to integrate a webBrowser control in my .NET application. It's working fine (although i have no IE), but the flash player works extremely bad.

  • Are you sure internet explorer isn't installed, have you tried running iexplore.exe?
    – Col
    Commented Sep 18, 2011 at 9:42
  • yep. there's no iexplore.exe
    – user81496
    Commented Sep 18, 2011 at 11:06
  • Which error do you get when trying to uninstall the "IE9 update" ?
    – harrymc
    Commented Sep 21, 2011 at 19:52
  • not all of the updates were successfully uninstalled.
    – user81496
    Commented Sep 21, 2011 at 19:58

3 Answers 3


Are you sure that you never installed IE9 Beta ?

Some ideas :

  1. Perfect Uninstaller is claimed to be able to uninstall IE9 using the "Force Uninstall" option.
    It is interesting to see whether it will see IE9 as installed on your computer, or not.
  2. You could try all the seven methods described in Methods to Uninstall / Remove IE9.
  3. If the problem is with Windows update, see the article Windows Update Troubleshooting, and starting with how to delete the SoftwareDistribution folder.
  • Not beta. I have never had IE browser.
    – user81496
    Commented Sep 22, 2011 at 13:33
  • IE was always installed on your computer, since it is always installed - just the user interface was hidden. IE is the same as the webBrowser control.I suggest to go thru my 3 points, even for a negative feedback, so I can better understand your problem.
    – harrymc
    Commented Sep 22, 2011 at 15:34
  • 1. perfect unistaller shows nothing about ie. 2,3 - tried them all, still not able to uninstall.
    – user81496
    Commented Sep 22, 2011 at 18:37
  • You cannot uninstall IE any more than you already did. This is certainly looking more and more like Repair Install.
    – harrymc
    Commented Sep 22, 2011 at 18:54
  • yep i do understand that i can't uninstall it more than i already did. but i also can't INSTALL an IE browser because it says i have already the newest version
    – user81496
    Commented Sep 22, 2011 at 18:56

Go to Control Panel (icon view) and click Programs and Features, when it opens go to the left side and click "Turn Windows Features on or Off"

Be sure IE9 has a tick in the box. Tick it and hit OK if it is not ticked.

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  • no internet explorer here. i have never had ie installed.
    – user81496
    Commented Sep 18, 2011 at 14:13
  • Do any IE versions show in that window? Windows 7 comes with IE by default when it is originally installed.
    – Moab
    Commented Sep 18, 2011 at 16:14
  • yeah but I have modified the iso and i have deleted some features like internet explorer, games and others
    – user81496
    Commented Sep 18, 2011 at 17:32
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    I suggest you use an unmodified iso, then. Commented Sep 21, 2011 at 18:35
  • Try a repair install with an unmodified ISO, or a modified one with IE but everything else you want gone. Repair install will keep all your data and installed programs, just reinstalling the base OS.
    – Rob
    Commented Sep 21, 2011 at 19:43

You have to modify the ISO to include IE. Then while installing choose to upgrade not to reinstall. This will solve your problem I hope.


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