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Old 05-19-06, 10:42 PM
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Removing IE

I have IE6.0 on a Windows XO computer. I would like to remove it, but the last time I did, I had problems with start up. Is there a way for me to remove IE (and Outlook Express) without causing problems with start up?
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I believe there are programs out there that try and pull as much of IE out of Windows, but I never really saw the point, especially since Windows Explorer itself is pretty much integrated with IE. I hardly use IE, and never use Outlook Express, but it's pretty easy just to ignore that they're there. Any reason why you're intent on removing them?
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
I believe there are programs out there that try and pull as much of IE out of Windows, but I never really saw the point, especially since Windows Explorer itself is pretty much integrated with IE. I hardly use IE, and never use Outlook Express, but it's pretty easy just to ignore that they're there. Any reason why you're intent on removing them?
I haven't used either one in a while, but no matter how many times I change it, my computer still insists on having IE as the primary browser.
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Originally Posted by cmleidi
I have IE6.0 on a Windows XO computer. I would like to remove it, but the last time I did, I had problems with start up. Is there a way for me to remove IE (and Outlook Express) without causing problems with start up?
IE is an integral part of Windows. You can't remove it, although you can pare it down as mentioned.

To remove both IE and Outlook Express from your desktop and start menu go to Control Panel-->Add/Remove Programs. On the left side, choose Add/Remove Windows Components. Uncheck Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.

Install Firefox or some other browser. When Firefox or whatever ask to be chosen as your default browser, choose yes.
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i once removed it and wiped out my entire hard drive and couldn't boot up again. had to go back to spec! that was a bad day.
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When Comcast first installed our cable connection like five years ago, the technician deleted IE from our computer, telling us he needed to do this in order for the cable modem to work. He obviously had no clue what he was talking about (did he do that to everyone??). He messed our computer up, and I had to do a clean install.

Anyways, I wouldn't delete IE. Like others have said, it's necessary.
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Another reason you don't really want to get rid of it entirely is because Windows Update requires it. Removing the shortcuts is fine, but WU is hard-coded to use IE.
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I won't be removing IE. I have enough problems with WIndows XP without adding to them. IT's ridiculous that you can not remove a browser you do not want--a browser that will continue to update. I'm still trying to figure out how to stop IE from being chosen as my selected browser. I suspect that IE is reset as my browser after each update.
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Originally Posted by cmleidi
I won't be removing IE. I have enough problems with WIndows XP without adding to them. IT's ridiculous that you can not remove a browser you do not want--a browser that will continue to update. I'm still trying to figure out how to stop IE from being chosen as my selected browser. I suspect that IE is reset as my browser after each update.
What browser are you Primarily using? IF you are using a Mozilla/Firefox browser, you can try IETab for Windows Update access within FF or Mozilla
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Originally Posted by scott1598
i once removed it and wiped out my entire hard drive and couldn't boot up again. had to go back to spec! that was a bad day.
Ouch! At least now I know not to mess with IE.
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Originally Posted by 68ShelbyGT500KR
What browser are you Primarily using? IF you are using a Mozilla/Firefox browser, you can try IETab for Windows Update access within FF or Mozilla
I've heard good things about IETab, but my FF install is unstable enough that I would hate to see what mixing in a little IE goodness would do.

For windows updates you can also use Windizupdate ( http://windowsupdate.62nds.com/ ). It's a third party site that emulates the official Windows Update, but is compatible with FF/Moz and Opera. Of course as a third party there are extra security risks, but from everything I've read it has a good reputation.

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