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Removing Ie From The Computer

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#1 Dennis H

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 07:26 PM

A friend of mine told me today that he was going to remove Internet Explorer from his computer.

He has Windows XP Home SP3.

He uses FireFox as his browser.

I told him that I did not think that he can remove IE. He says that it can be done.

Who is right ??

Thanks for your time.

Dennis :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 08:16 PM

Hi Dennis H,

Usually you are not able to remove Internet Explorer, as it has become an integrated part of windows rather than a separate piece of Windows and manually removing it would result in a damaged version of windows. However there are programs that can 'remove' Windows components such as Internet Explorer. One such program is nLite. So I would say you are both right to a certain extent.

Have a great day

Edited by Nebon, 19 July 2008 - 08:17 PM.

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 08:45 PM

Internet Explorer is an integral part of the operating system and should not be removed. You can disable it as an active part of the system through the Add or Remove Programs under the Add/Remove Windows Components.

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 08:55 PM

Complete removal of Internet Explorer is not possible. Other crucial parts of Windows use files installed by IE. Though you can remove Browser parts of IE. It may feel like you removed the IE browser, but some files would and should be left.

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 09:09 PM

In order to remove IE6 from XP, it would most likely break the shell (explorer.exe) or at the least make it very unstable. When that happens you would lose much of the functionality of XP.

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#6 Dennis H

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:49 AM

Thanks for the replies.

So I gather I am more right than my friend is.

We have a wager on this ( lunch).

I am going to E-mail him these replies.

He is hard headed though.

If you see a new member on Bleeping Computer begging for help because he tried to remove IE and messed his computer up, please give him a good lecture for doing it. :thumbsup:

Thanks Again !

Dennis :flowers:

Edited by Dennis H, 20 July 2008 - 05:55 AM.

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 08:09 AM


This article, if correct, indicates that beginning with V3 and V4, IE became more and more integrated with the OS and was especially important in the functioning of Explorer, Active-X, and Desktop components. However, it appears that V7 is decoupled from the Windows Shell, at least for Vista.
"Removing Internet Explorer does have a number of consequences. Some applications that depend on libraries installed by IE may fail to function, or have unexpected behaviors. Intuit's Quicken is a typical example, which depends heavily upon the HTML rendering components installed by the browser. The Windows help and support system will also not function due to the heavy reliance on HTML help files and components of IE. In versions of Windows before Vista, it is also not possible to run Microsoft's Windows Update or Microsoft Update with any other browser due to the service's implementation of an ActiveX control, which no other browser supports. In Windows Vista, Windows Update is implemented as a Control Panel applet."

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