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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
This article describes how to manually uninstall Internet Explorer 5 for Windows 95 when you are unable to uninstall Internet Explorer by using the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel.
You cannot use the steps in this article to uninstall Internet Explorer from Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition or to uninstall earlier versions of Internet Explorer from any version of Windows.
Do not follow the steps in this article if you have not tried to uninstall Internet Explorer 5 by using the steps in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
NOTE: Make sure to have the following items available before you begin these steps:
Your original Windows 95 disks or CD-ROM
A copy of Internet Explorer 4.0 or later on CD-ROM or in a folder on the hard disk
If you have Windows 95 on CD-ROM, you need a Startup or boot disk with CD-ROM support
Internet Explorer 5 does not include the Ieremove utility that is included with Internet Explorer 4.x. If Ieremove is still on your computer, do not use it to remove Internet Explorer 5. After you try the steps in the article listed above, use the following steps to uninstall Internet Explorer 5:
As stated in the article listed above, remove any Internet Explorer 5 add-ons and components that are listed in the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel.
Use Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) to delete the following items:
Delete the Version value located in:
Delete the Active Setup key located under:
Delete the Active Setup key located under:
Delete the "Plus! VersionNumber" value located in:
NOTE: This procedure assumes that you do not already have files with these names with an .old extension. If you do have files with these names with an .old extension, use a file name extension that is not currently in use.
NOTE: If you installed the Windows Desktop Update component from Internet Explorer 4.x before installing Internet Explorer 5, you must remove it before proceeding. Type the following commands, pressing ENTER after each command:
Delete the Active Setup key located under:If you have Windows 95 on CD-ROM, restart your computer with a Startup or boot disk that provides access to the CD-ROM drive. If you do not have a bootable disk that provides CD-ROM support, see the "Startup Disk Drivers" section in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
135174 Cannot Access CD-ROM Drive from MS-DOS mode or Command Prompt
Delete the Active Setup key located under:Reinstall Windows 95. When you are notified that a file that is being copied is older than the version currently on your computer, click No or No To All.
If you do not click No or No To All, you may experience problems with the Java Virtual Machine (VM) and trust checking. Also, the Internet Explorer 5 Setup Wizard may not work correctly if you later attempt to reinstall Internet Explorer 5.
Delete the Active Setup key located under:Reinstall Internet Explorer 4.0. If you had Active Desktop installed before installing Internet Explorer 5, you must reinstall it. If you do not want Active Desktop, install it during Setup, and then uninstall it after Setup is finished. This removes any remnant settings and dialog boxes that may cause problems.
Delete the Active Setup key located under:Reinstall any damaged drivers.
Delete the Active Setup key located under:After Internet Explorer 4.0 is installed, upgrade to Internet Explorer 5.
For additional information about how to determine which folder Windows is installed in, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
305792 How to Determine Which Folder Windows Is Installed In