Uninstall IE 6 in WinXP

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I've had a client request that IE 6 be "rolled back" to IE 5.5 on his WinXP PCs. Haven't had a chance to check it out yet, and details are a bit vague, but he says he thinks IE 6 is having problems with a web app he needs to run.

The thing is, as far as I know, you can't remove IE 6 from XP - it's too integrated into the OS. And the Add/Remove Windows Components option only removes the desktop & start menu icons - not the app.

However, I came across an article which states "In response to the anti-trust verdict, Microsoft took the unprecedented step last summer of allowing XP users to uninstall the IE application (but not the underlying HTML rendering engine and other supporting technologies) and replace it with a competing product. This decision forms the framework for future middleware removals, which will be implemented in XP Service Pack 1 (SP1)". Well, I have XP SP1 and I can't see how to remove anything more significant than a couple of icons in the UI.

Just how much of IE 6 can be removed?

I can appreciate that there is probably a better way to approach this client's issues through further diagnosis of the underlying problem, but I wanted to know if there was a way to get an earlier version of IE running under XP before I went in to see him.

Thanks.
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after installing SP1, you can set the default browser and still cannot remove IE
for 98/me versions you can use ieradicator from:
http://www.litepc.com/ieradicator.html

in xp, there is no safe way to remove ie

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