Uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 on Vista When not found in Programs And Features

“Code is read a lot more times than it is written.” – Anthony Moore, Framework Design Guidelines 2nd Ed

Can’t find Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 to uninstall in Programs And Features, or affter checking “View Installed Updates”? No problem!

To uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008, do this:

1.Select and then copy the following command to the Clipboard:

FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-8*.mum /c "cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart"

2. Click Start, and then type cmd.exe in the Start Search box. (If you have Start / Run enabled, just type cmd.exe in the “Run” Textbox).

3.In the list of programs, right-click Cmd.exe, and then click Run as administrator.

(If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.)

4.Right-click inside the Administrator: Command Prompt window, and then click Paste to paste the command that you copied in step 1.

5.Press ENTER to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2. When the uninstall program is finished, REBOOT YOUR COMPUTER!

Verify that your earlier version of Internet Explorer was restored using the “Help/About” screen. It should look like this:


Bye-bye, Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2! I’m looking forward to IE 8, but I think I can wait until it’s released.