Today, I downloaded MSIE 8 Beta 1 (Microsoft Internet Explorer) for web developers and designers. Then, I had to roll back to IE 7. Roll back is also referred to inaccurately as "uninstall" or "remove" and several other terms. I've used those terms here to aid search engines in finding this post, because this post could help people who might otherwise be stuck wondering what to do.

If your IE 8 isn't working, you're here via a different computer or partition or browser or something. If you've already tried rolling back and have run into problems, I can't help you with that. I rolled back and experienced zero problems. I will say though that during both the install/upgrade and roll-back of IE 8, I had my virus and Internet protection disabled.

So, some people are simply wondering what this "roll-back" is and how to do it. I'm using Windows XP. For those using Vista, I can't say if the terminology will be the same, but I would imagine things haven't changed so radically that this information would prove completely useless.

Rolling back in this case is to revert back to the previous installed version of IE (7 for me). 8 builds on 7, so maybe it isn't even possible to jump from 5 or 6 right to 8. Anyway, in your Control Panel (if you don't know how to get there, you can always go to Windows Help and Support in your Windows Start Menu and enter Control Panel) you'll find "Add or Remove Programs." Click on that and wait for it to populate (show all your programs). There are several options on the screen, but if you scroll down to the "M's" (it's alphabetical unless you choose to sort another way), you'll find the MSIE 8 upgrade. Now, this is where you should have become cautious and wondered what clicking the remove button would do. Would it remove all IE? Then what? "Would I lose all my settings and favorites and everything?" That may be why you're here.

The answer is that when you click on the remove button (poorly named in this case), you will be given a pop-up window where you will be relieved to find that you are being given the option of uninstalling only the upgrade and not the whole of IE. Consequently, after you click that option and wait (a long time) and then reboot (which I had to do manually in spite of the Microsoft checkbox for restarting), your IE should be back to 7, which happened in my case.

You may find some Windows shortcuts around where you don't want them. I found two in my Launch area. They don't hurt anything, but you might want to delete them. I did.

That's it. I hope this helps.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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