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Uninstalling Internet Explorer 5 Beta

If Internet Explorer 5 Beta is currently installed, uninstall it. For information about how to do so, please see the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article No. 193934.

If Internet Explorer 5 Beta was installed, type jview at an MS-DOS Prompt. If the version number is 5.00.3155 or 5.00.3158 and you installed the Microsoft Virtual Machine (VM) from the Windows Update Web site, install version 3167 of the Microsoft VM from the following Microsoft Web site before you uninstall Internet Explorer 5 Beta:

Installing Internet Explorer 5

All Setup files are copied to your hard disk when running Install. This allows you to reinstall more quickly if necessary. If you want to reclaim the disk space, you can remove the Setup directory by double-clicking the Add/Remove Programs icon in Control Panel and then clicking Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 and Internet Tools. In the Microsoft Internet Explorer Setup dialog box, click the Advanced button, and click the option named Remove The Folder Containing Internet Explorer Setup Files.

Remove The Folder Containing Internet Explorer Setup Files

You cannot install Internet Explorer 5 to or run it from a network drive. However, you can download it to a network drive. To do this, you must map the network drive to a drive letter on your computer. You cannot download Internet Explorer 5 to a UNC path.

Running Internet Explorer 5 on Windows NT

In order to install/uninstall Internet Explorer 5 on Windows NT, you must have administrative privileges.

If you're running Internet Explorer 5 on Windows NT, you must set user permissions to Full Control for the Temporary Internet Files folder (cache). The user must have write permission in order for files to be stored in the Temporary Internet Files folder.

Reinstalling SP3

If you must reinstall Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 3 (SP3) after you install Internet Explorer 5, you must specify when prompted that you do not want it to overwrite any files that are newer. After SP3 is reinstalled, carry out the following steps to update the registry:

  1. Click the Start button, and then click Run
  2. Type the following in the Open: box: regsvr32 rsabase.dll
  3. Click OK
  4. Open Internet Explorer 5
  5. Click Help from the menu, and then click Repair
  6. You will need to restart your computer to finish the repair operation

Installing or Upgrading the Windows Desktop Update

To install or upgrade the Windows Desktop Update, you must install Internet Explorer 4.01 SP1 before you install Internet Explorer 5.

If you have already installed Internet Explorer 5 and would like to install the Windows Desktop Update, carry out the following steps:

  1. Uninstall Internet Explorer 5
  2. If Internet Explorer 4.01 SP1 is not already installed on your computer, install it
  3. Install the Windows Desktop Update
  4. Reinstall Internet Explorer 5

The Windows Desktop Update is a shell enhancement which was first introduced by Microsoft under Internet Explorer 4, and consists of such things as the ability to view Folders in Windows Explorer in Web Views, making Windows Explorer look and feel like a Web Page.

If you have Windows 98 Second Edition, the Windows Desktop Update is included.

Uninstalling Internet Explorer 5 and Components

You can uninstall Internet Explorer 5 and it's Components, by carrying out these steps:

  1. In Control Panel, double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon
  2. Click Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 and Internet Tools > Add/Remove
  3. Follow the instructions on your screen

More information can be found in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article No. 217344.

If you have Windows 98 Second Edition, Internet Explorer 5 can't be uninstalled, and will not be listed in Add/Remove Programs. Like Internet Explorer 4 is an integrated part of Windows 98, and can't be uninstalled, Internet Explorer 5 is integrated in Windows 98 Second Edition, and can't be uninstalled.

Uninstalling Outlook Express 5

After uninstalling Outlook Express 5, messages received while using Outlook Express 5 will not be accessible using earlier versions of Outlook Express or Internet Mail and News. If you were previously running Outlook Express 4 or Internet Mail and News, only the messages you received using those programs will be viewable after uninstall. If you want to view Outlook Express 5 messages, you will need to reinstall Outlook Express 5.

Known Issues with Uninstalling Internet Explorer 5

  • Microsoft Office 97 programs may have problems with Internet functionality after you uninstall Internet Explorer 5. These problems occur only if you install Internet Explorer 5 before you install Office 97, and then uninstall Internet Explorer 5.

    For additional information, please see the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article No. 174431

  • When you uninstall Internet Explorer 5, any certificates obtained after you installed Internet Explorer 5 are removed. If new certificates were added after installing Internet Explorer 5, a warning dialog box appears indicating that you will lose the new certificates if you proceed. You are then given the option of continuing to uninstall or canceling the process and manually exporting the new certificates to a file. Certificates that obtained prior to installing Internet Explorer 5 are not removed
  • Some registry entries and files remain on your computer (for example, Microsoft Office 2000 may not work after uninstalling Internet Explorer 5). To resolve this behavior, install Internet Explorer 5.
  • All components may not be uninstalled. You can uninstall individual components by double-clicking Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, clicking the program in the list of installed programs, and then clicking Add/Remove
  • If you install Internet Explorer 5, install a program, and then uninstall Internet Explorer 5, some programs may not work properly. If a program does not work properly after uninstalling Internet Explorer 5, reinstall the program
  • If you uninstall Internet Explorer 5, Internet icons may remain in other programs such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. If you click these icons, nothing happens because no browser is installed
  • Uninstalling Internet Explorer 5 deletes the contents of your Temporary Internet Files folder

For a selection of "Known Issues" see this text file

You can also setup IE 5 in Compatibility mode, which allows you to run both IE 4 and IE 5. To do so, during set-up:

  1. Select the Install Minimal, or customize your browser option, after agreeing to the license agreement
  2. On the next screen press the Advanced button
  3. Select the Compatibility option

If you have Windows 98 Second Edition, you can't use compatibility mode. Internet Explorer 4 is not (and can't be) installed on Windows 98 Second Edition, so there's no compatibility mode possible.


If you have problems installing Internet Explorer, you can contact Microsoft, 90 days support are included with Internet Explorer. A better option though would be to visit the Internet Explorer 5 Forum on the Windows-Help.NET BBS, where there are some good folks ready to help you out!