News, tips, advice, support for Windows, Office, PCs & more. Tech help. No bull. We're community supported by donations from our Plus Members, and proud of it
Home icon Home icon Home icon Email icon RSS icon
  • What if I delete Internet Explorer?

    Topic Resolution: Resolved

    This topic contains 9 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by  ScotchJohn 1 month, 2 weeks ago.

    • Author
      Posts
    • #2015677 Reply

      Razz
      AskWoody Plus

      Hey guys,

      On a Win 8.1 system that I plan to keep until EOL, I have not used IE for years.

      What are the consequences of getting it off my system entirely?

      Is it doing stuff in the background I am not noticing?

      I am considering installing the Classic Shell on this and it comes with IE features I may never use, so may not need it to be part of the install.

      Thanks again for your insight.

      ACER E1-572 8GB RAM Intel Core i7 64-bit Win 8.1 Home Premium Office 2013.
      ASUS GL702VS 24GB RAM Intel Core i7 64 bit Win 10 Home 1903 Office 2016.
      LENOVO Yoga 310 4GB RAM Intel Celeron 64-bit Win 10 Home 1903.

    • #2015686 Reply

      PKCano
      Da Boss

      You cannot uninstall IE, it is an integral part of the Operating System. You can remove the icon from the menu and the Desktop.
      In Control Panel\”Turn Windows Features on or off” you can uncheck Internet Explorer 11, which will disable it in the GUI.
      But it’s functionality is used by other parts of the Windows Operating System, so you cannot uninstall it.

      Allow Open Shell Menu (formerly Classic Shell) to give you the classic menus (it also does the classic menu in File Explorer and some other Win7 look-alike things). It won’t matter about IE11, if you don’t use it.

      1 user thanked author for this post.
      • #2015708 Reply

        Razz
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks PK – I had unchecked it in features previously, but was wondering whether I needed the component I noticed in the Classic shell .exe. Thanks for the link to a newer version too.

        You are acing it as usual.

        ACER E1-572 8GB RAM Intel Core i7 64-bit Win 8.1 Home Premium Office 2013.
        ASUS GL702VS 24GB RAM Intel Core i7 64 bit Win 10 Home 1903 Office 2016.
        LENOVO Yoga 310 4GB RAM Intel Celeron 64-bit Win 10 Home 1903.

        • #2015709 Reply

          PKCano
          Da Boss

          MajofGeeks usually has the latest version too, if you want a source other than GitHub.

    • #2015919 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      What are the consequences of getting it off my system entirely?

      As said by PK you can’t uninstall IE only disable. There are some file types that open only with IE and disabling IE will prevent you from using these file types, for example .CHM

      1 user thanked author for this post.
      • #2016001 Reply

        ScotchJohn
        AskWoody Plus

        Not to mention the Reading Pane is Outlook, which uses IE, like it or not, and I don’t think there’s any form of a switch.

        Dell E5570 Latitude, Intel Core i5 6440@2.60 GHz, 8.00 GB - Win 10 Pro

        1 user thanked author for this post.
      • #2016002 Reply

        Razz
        AskWoody Plus

        That’s interesting. So much of the Help functionality and Outlook would be compromised.

        ACER E1-572 8GB RAM Intel Core i7 64-bit Win 8.1 Home Premium Office 2013.
        ASUS GL702VS 24GB RAM Intel Core i7 64 bit Win 10 Home 1903 Office 2016.
        LENOVO Yoga 310 4GB RAM Intel Celeron 64-bit Win 10 Home 1903.

    Please follow the -Lounge Rules- no personal attacks, no swearing, and politics/religion are relegated to the Rants forum.

    Reply To: What if I delete Internet Explorer?

    You can use BBCodes to format your content.
    Your account can't use Advanced BBCodes, they will be stripped before saving.