Missing Internet Explorer in Windows 7?

I don’t know how it happens, but once in awhile you’ll run across a computer that doesn’t have any web browser. Where did Internet Explorer go? I don’t know why it happens, but sometimes IE just decides enough is enough, and disappears.

Microsoft has this really neat KB Article titled “How to repair or reinstall Internet Explorer in Windows” and although it’s wonderful, it doesn’t help you if you don’t have a web browser. The link for each version needs to be accessed with a web browser, and of course, you don’t have one. Also, if you try to download one of them using a working computer, it tells you that version of IE is already installed, or isn’t applicable to your system.

Download and Install Firefox

My advice is to download Firefox. It’s a great browser. Of course, you’re going to have to use another computer, then somehow get it over to your computer via flash drive or something. Once you get it there, install it.

Now you have to uninstall whatever version of Internet Explorer you already have. To do that:

1. Click the Start button, and enter Programs and features in the search box.


2. Click Programs and Features in the list of results, and then click View installed updates.


Once you’ve clicked it, wait for the progress bar up top to finish loading all of the results.

3. Find internet explorer.

The quickest way to find it is to type it in the “search updates” box, and hit enter.


Once you find it, right click and choose “Uninstall”


4. In the Uninstall an update dialog box, click Yes to uninstall.

This could take awhile.

5. Click Restart now to finish uninstalling.

If you want to continue with installing the new version, you’re going to want to reboot first. Of course, save any work before you do.



Now that you have Internet Explorer uninstalled:

Go to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Site, and download the version you would like. Right now the easy one is Internet Explorer 11. It’s going to download and install the updates for that version, so that could take awhile too. It’s also going to want to reboot when it’s done. I know, such is life.

Hopefully, after everything is installed, you’ll be good to go.

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