Need to roll-back IE8 But I can't!

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by aladdin2006, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. aladdin2006

    aladdin2006 MDL Junior Member

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    #1 aladdin2006, Oct 9, 2017
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    Dear friends,

    I have a PC running WinXP SP3 x86. The issue is that I want to roll back preinstalled IE8 to IE6 which comes with WinXP but the issue is that the installer of XP is modified and IE8 was integrated in its installation media so after installing WinXP it doesn't show under Add Remove Programs.

    So I tried Total Uninstall 6.21 and everytime it showed me that IE8 was successfully uninstalled from system but after restart it was showing it as it is and was working fine. I tried to uninstall it using this utility many times but no gain. Every time it came back and was working fine.

    Another option is to format the PC and do a fresh installation but I don't want to do that due to critical system configuration which this PC has.

    I also tried MicrosoftFixit50238.msi but still no gain. So how can I get back IE6 without doing format?

    Please help ASAP!

    Thanks.
     
  2. vanelle

    vanelle MDL Addicted

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    1. get a clean original XP SP3 Installation iso (depend on your system KEY )
    2. uninstall your IE.
    3. boot from XP SP3 Installation iso and reinstall xp without doing format

    eg
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    PROFESSIONAL
    FPP  1C735B38931BF57FB14EBD9A9BA253CEB443D459 *[ENU] en_windows_xp_professional_with_service_pack_3_x86_cd_x14-80428.iso
    OEM  DDA4AC450B2174CAC6C15295711330160C237418 *[ENU] en_windows_xp_professional_with_service_pack_3_x86_cd_oem_20080414.iso
    VOL  66AC289AE27724C5AE17139227CBE78C01EEFE40 *[ENU] en_windows_xp_professional_with_service_pack_3_x86_cd_vl_x14-73974.iso
    
    HOME
    FPP  5A6B959AD24D15DC7EBD85E501B83D105D1B37C6 *[ENU] en_windows_xp_home_with_service_pack_3_x86_cd_x14-92413.iso
    OEM  7F395B9EC84CFFCC43C855BF89AB91EF3BFAD612 *[ENU] en_windows_xp_home_with_service_pack_3_x86_cd_OEM_20080414.iso
    
     
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  3. aladdin2006

    aladdin2006 MDL Junior Member

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    #3 aladdin2006, Oct 10, 2017
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    Perhaps you didn't understand what I explained above. It is not possible to uninstall IE8 as it's integrated in installation media. And reinstalling XP without doing format will loose system configuration, especially drivers.
     
  4. vanelle

    vanelle MDL Addicted

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    as you imagine, it is inposible to rollback IE (coz it is integrated in its installation media)
    eg. you also cant uninstall SP3 if you install the OS with a xpsp3-integrated media

    afaik the only way that works, i discribe in #2 (if step 2 is inposible - skip it)

    Unfortunately you have to update some system configuration (settings), drivers, security updates etc.
     
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  5. Tiger-1

    Tiger-1 MDL Guru

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    ^^
    very good job dude :) congrats
     
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  6. aladdin2006

    aladdin2006 MDL Junior Member

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    There must be some good 'Uninstall program' utility which I have to find it so that IE8 could be successfully uninstalled. I don't think no uninstall program utility can do it.
     
  7. vanelle

    vanelle MDL Addicted

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    i don't think so.
    on XP most IE files shared between the OS and the IE -> that's why you have a "IE8" OS (not supported by M$)
    full uninstall IE8 =non-running OS

    did you ever wonder why M$ the IE7 / IE8 has not integrated into the XP-SP3 Installations-Media
    -> now you know why (unstable OS - more or less)

    Integrate IE8 in the Installations-Media with "/Admin" switch isn't a good idea (non rollback infos / files)
    thats why a $OEM$ folder installation is prefered for IE8 ;) (rollback infos / files where created during setup)
     
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  8. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    It's simple: Integrated IE8 files = IE6 files replaced. Since XP doesn't have SxS, no way to rollback as there's nothing to rollback to.
     
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