Using System Restore is not how you uninstall IE. It is its own entry in Add/Remove Programs and is supposed to be uninstalled there, which then rolls you back to your previous version of IE. Below is a link to a MS article on how to go about it. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957700
An additional link to special steps uninstalling with regards to those users who already have SP3 on their systems: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950719/
You may have to uninstall IE8, IE7, and SP3. Then reinstall SP3 (and subsequent patches) and then IE7, in that order, to get your system straightened out. But to start off, I'd try to uninstall IE8 via Control Panel, Add/Remove first and see if you can get to the net at all.
An aside tip for when you want to uninstall programs:
1. First check the program's entries in the Start Menu for a built-in uninstaller.
2. If not, uninstall via Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs.
3. If no entry, ask on that software company's user forum for steps/special removal tools
4. Never just delete the program folder(s).
5. Don't try to uninstall via System Restore.
Edited by buttoni, 26 April 2009 - 03:09 PM.
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