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Cannot uninstall ie7 beta 2 preview: please help.

by logangreer / February 5, 2006 6:22 AM PST

I can't uninstall ie7 Beta2 preview. I have tried the "Show Updates" and then clicked on "Remove" next to ie7 but it says:

"Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview cannot be uninstalled from this user account. Please log on to the same user account from which is was installed and try again."

I only have two user accounts on my computer; I tried both and I got the same error message both times. HELP! IE7 is messing with programs that use IE by default. They have become unusable and it's driving me CRAZY!!!

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Some info at
by caktus / February 5, 2006 7:42 AM PST
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ie7 beta2
by crazeebob2000 / February 7, 2006 10:48 AM PST
In reply to: Uninstall beta 7

I,m trying it out now, no problems so far, but I'm a Firefox fan. I created a restore point before I installed the new IE just in case. (Trust No One, LOL)

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Removing IE7
by essexboy / February 8, 2006 5:34 AM PST
In reply to: ie7 beta2

Go to add remove programmes tick the show updates box on the top. IE7 will appear click remove and it will restore you to IE6

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Cannot uninstall IE beta 7
by ElMalik / February 8, 2006 6:54 AM PST

To uninstall IE 7 beta,just click on start to control panel to add n remove program and look for Windown Programs which is on the left side of the window,just click there,it should say add or remove Windows components.That should solve your problem.

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Uninstalling ie7
by hasnain721 / February 10, 2006 4:39 AM PST

Hey der!
I had installed ie7 beta and found it no good to be honest. So i decided to uninstall it.
To do that, go to control panel,add remove and search for that and un install it.
If that doesnt work then i would recommend system restore.

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Uninstall IE7 Beta 2
by gaz999 / February 18, 2006 9:25 AM PST

I had exactly the same problem as you and the same error message, it would not uninstall and also system restore would not work either, but then I tried this and all was fine!

From the start menu, click on run and then type reg edit and Go to the key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer

Right click on Internet Explorer > New String Value > Name that value

Next right click on that key you just created and then type in the value (the value of the new String should be your User Account
name) > Then Uninstall IE7 via Add/Remove Programs.

This worked for me and removed IE7 Beta 2 from my system and automatically left me with a fully working IE6 as it was before!

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It's useful if it works for YOU!
by gaz999 / February 18, 2006 10:40 PM PST
In reply to: ''May not be useful''!

I agree with what you are saying here. But my reply was intended for the OS who has the same problems that I had and this should be the solution for him! So this would be useful for people in those circumstances!

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Uninstalling IE7 Beta2
by wbenel / March 5, 2006 4:58 AM PST
In reply to: Uninstall IE7 Beta 2

I have been working on this for the past 3 days without success,even with help from Microsoft.Your advice worked a treat & IE6 is home again.My grateful thanks.I will sleep tonight.

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Glad it worked for you!
by gaz999 / March 7, 2006 5:16 AM PST
In reply to: Uninstalling IE7 Beta2

Hi Stewart, Pleased that it worked for you - best wishes

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Thank you !
by svDakare / March 10, 2006 1:17 AM PST
In reply to: Uninstall IE7 Beta 2

Thanks a lot! Have been tying for uninstalling for a long time without any solution. Now it is uninstalled and my problem solved.

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There is only one way that I know of
by goldengreeke / February 19, 2006 4:37 AM PST

Do a system restore to a day or even an hour before you installed IE 7. If you don't have XP... you are stuck with the beta version until they update it.

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(NT) (NT) IE7 Beta 2 Preview is only available for Windows XP. :)
by John.Wilkinson / February 19, 2006 4:54 AM PST
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Yeah. I found.
by Samarth12 / March 11, 2006 10:31 AM PST

Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview cannot be uninstalled from this user account

1. Open regedit
2. go to HKCU,SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer
3. in right panel, right click, new and create a REG_SZ type, renamed by InstalledByUser

bingo. Now, you can unistall IE7

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More advice required please - little experience using regedi
by milesgp / August 17, 2006 1:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Yeah. I found.

I too have the same problem removing IE7 but have little to no experience of using regedit. I found the HKCU/software\microsoft\internet explorer but there ate further items below ? also when I select NEW do I want new key, string value etc also what is the Name and is the value renamed by InstalledByUser or just InstalledByUser

Many thanks in anticipation of your response

A novice

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why don't you just do this?
by oludir / August 17, 2006 9:17 AM PDT

why not use system restore and restore your windows xp to the point before you installed IE7?

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