"Internet Explorer 6 has been removed from this computer" message is received after you remove Internet Explorer 5.5

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When you remove Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, and then restart your computer, you may receive the following incorrect error message:
Internet Explorer 6 has been removed from this computer. Do you want to clean up your personalized settings for this program?
This behavior may occur when all of the following conditions are true:
  • You upgrade to Internet Explorer 6.
  • You remove Internet Explorer 6, and your computer is restored to Internet Explorer version 5.01 or earlier.
  • You upgrade to Internet Explorer 5.5.
  • You remove Internet Explorer 5.5.
When you remove Internet Explorer 6 from your computer, the following registry entry that is specific to Internet Explorer 6 is not removed:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383}
As a result, you receive the incorrect error message.
To work around this problem, click Yes on the error message.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
More information
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Article ID: 298629 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 16:14:00 - Revision: 5.0

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