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Internet Explorer is still there after uninstalling?

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#1 coreynj


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Posted 05 March 2017 - 02:28 AM

So today I found out that I still had Internet Explorer installed on Windows 10. I figured it was probably taking up a lot of unnecessary space since I never used it, so I tried to uninstall it. But it wasn't in the uninstall menu. So I went through Windows Features, found Internet Explorer 11, and unchecked it. I then went to the Internet Explorer folder under Program Files x86, and tried to delete it, and after changing the ownership from TrustedInstaller to myself, I deleted it.


However, even after removing it from features and deleting the folder, it can still be found when I search for it in the start menu. When I click on it, nothing happens, and when I right click it, I only have the option to "Pin to Start". How do I get rid of it?

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#2 zainmax


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Posted 05 March 2017 - 03:20 AM

Internet Explorer is a mandatory component of Windows and it must be there, but you are not required to use it, but Windows itself uses. 
Folder, which you mentioned, is only a few files, a total of 1.89 MB. Is it really very much? It is less than some .bmp picture, used by Windows.
Besides, delete something, does not mean that something is removed (uninstalled).
IE must be there exactly as long, as Microsoft replaces it with something else.

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 11:41 AM

Because IE is an integral part of Windows 10, you can't uninstall it.

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 11:44 AM

IE has been an integral part of Windows since Windows 7 and must remain.   In the same vein, Cortana is an integral part of Windows 10 and must remain whether you elect to use the Personal Digital Assistant feature of Cortana (which is what most people think of "as Cortana") or not.

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#5 mylanta406


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Posted 05 March 2017 - 11:52 AM

Actually it has always been an integral component in Windows way back to at least later releases of Windows 95 and as said you don't have to use it but many installed programs use it besides to function.

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