How to uninstall IE9 if it is half-installed and not on the uninstall programs list

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Today I started to install Internet Explorer 9, but then before the auto-install can complete I forced it to quit. Now I am in an install neverland – it won't let me install because it says it is already there, and it won't let me uninstall from the Uninstall Programs menu because it doesn't doesn't show up in the list.

Can anyone give me a backend way of deleting what has been installed so that I can re-run the install process?

(Incidentally, I can launch IE9 but for some reason it doesn't download things correctly)

Best Answer

If the uninstaller doesn't appear where Synetech inc. indicated, it is possible force a manual uninstallation of Windows Internet Explorer 9. To do so:

  1. Locate the installer you used to install Internet Explorer 9 or download a new copy from Microsoft. (This procedure might not work if you use a different version than the one installed.)
  2. Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.
  3. Drag and drop the installer in the black box that appears and the path to it will automatically be entered to the console. (You can also cd to the location and enter the executable if you're familiar with the Windows console shell.)
  4. Add a space and the following to the command line: /X:c:\ie9\
  5. Now, type c:\ie9\ie9-win7.msu /uninstall and press Enter.

Windows Installer should now attempt to uninstall Internet Explorer. Once you are done, you can safely delete the c:\ie9 directory.