Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on this operating system

After installing Win7 (64 bit), part of the updating is to move to IE9.  After installing IE9 and finding out how much you truly hate it, you remove it through "Turn Windows Features On/Off" and it reverts back to IE8.  Then forgetting to hide the update, IE9 then reloads along with some other Win7 updates.  You go through the same exercise again through the "Features" section only this time IE8 is no longer available.  So you then go through the Microsoft website and find the IE8 install program, download it and attempt to re-install it (using admin priv's of course) and that when you get the error that "Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on this operating system."

 

Can you please give us this workaround?  Thanks, Joe

 

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Last updated April 5, 2019 Views 8,556 Applies to:
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Myself and a few others cannot reload IE8 onto the system.  After removing IE9 the second time there is no IE8 to revert to and attempting to manually install IE8 gives you the message that IE8 is not supported by the operating system.


You cannot "reload" IE8 onto W7.   Period.   IE8 is the level of browser functionality which is built into W7.   If you have really removed the IE9 update you will have IE8 level modules but if you still have  Internet Explorer  unchecked in  Windows Features (your first attempt at removing IE9) you will have to re-check that in order to see iexplore.exe again.  

You can test what level of browser functionality you have installed by using the  System Information  tool's   Loaded Modules  display.   E.g.  Run...  (press Win-R and enter:)

     msinfo32.exe

then drill down into  Software Environment, Loaded Modules.    Then sort that display by Version  descending  (e.g. so versions starting with 8 or 9 are at the top of the list).    You will see some common modules such as  ieframe.dll  mshtml.dll  urlmon,dll  wininet.dll  (and others with the same version)  all without needing to have  iexplore.exe  loaded.

 

FYI

Robert
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