Some people like Windows 8 overall and have come to appreciate the wealth of new features that are available. From the much talked about Metro UI, discussions on how to restore the “Start Menu,” and getting the most out of the search features, one bundled feature of Windows 8 still rubs people the wrong way. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room with Windows 8 – Internet Explorer 10. While its overall a decent browser, it’s still at the bottom of the barrel in terms of performance, security, and features compared to the alternative browsers that are freely available for download. Keep reading after the jump to learn how to how to completely remove Internet Explorer 10 from Windows 8.
Whether you prefer FireFox, Chrome, Opera, or even Safari – you need to get one of these installed on your system before removing IE10, otherwise you’re not going to have very much fun surfing the web with telnet. Grab a copy of your favorite alternative browser before finishing this article. It will save you from having to undo your work and a couple of restarts.
First thing first, you want to get to the Control Panel, and launch the “Programs and Features” shell. Once you’ve opened up the Programs and Features area, go ahead and select the “Turn Windows Features On or Off” option on the left hand side, as shown below.
So, now that you’re in the features area go ahead and scroll down, keeping an eye out for Internet Explorer 10. While you’re not truly “removing” Internet Explorer 10 from Windows 8, as it’s still integrated with the explorer shell, you are completely disabling it and preventing it from stealing focus from other browsers. This also has the added benefit of not having to constantly adjust your default programs as you open and close multiple browers. Un-check Internet Explorer 10 as shown below, and restart your machine.
Windows 8 will bark at you in a feeble attempt at self-preservation, but go ahead and ignore the warning – click OK to begin the actual removal process. After that’s done, give your computer a restart, and enjoy your recently liberated copy of Windows 8!