Removing Internet Explorer 10 from Windows 8

I know that I can turn turn off IE 10 as a windows feature. But I need to go to IE 9 on a Windows 8 pc for compatibility reasons with software we use in our office.  If I turn off IE 10, then I just don't have a browser. How can I remove IE 10 and have a working copy of IE 9 in it's place on a windows 8 pc. The pc was purchased with IE 10 on it, and it's not useful as it is due to this issue with software compatibility. We can't upgrade our application yet, it's not available.

Please advise??
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Unfortunately, you can't downgrade IE 10.

See if safari or firefox is compatible with the software you're using. On the link above, you can disable IE10 as your default browser and use a different one.

Hope this helps!

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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I looked into this a while ago and found this idea on the web. It is possible to modify the registry to force IE10 to open in IE9 mode. Close IE10 and then create this key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION

Then create a 32-bit DWORD with the name:


and a decimal value:


IE10 should now open in IE9 mode. I tested here in a W8/64-bit sandbox and it appeared to work fine, but I never put it in production...and, as always, YMMV. Worst case, just remove the registry entries. Regards, Joe
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Run IE 10 in Compatibility Mode for another version of IE
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holcomb_frankAuthor Commented:
We have people running remote web workplace, (sbs2003).they connect using IE 10 but then everything is garbled. We have found that IE 9 is not an issue. Of course on Windows 7 boxes we can go back to IE 9, on Windows 8 no. This was a confirmation of our suspicions about going backwards.

Question is, if we make it work in compatibility mode as suggested ......will that work with remote web workplace to connect from outside the office?  Also, we don't want to do registry changes on individual pc's and be responsible for users pcs with this issue.
> will that work with remote web workplace to connect from outside the office?
Try it and you will know - we cannot say for sure.
About deploying the reg change: you will have to deploy it somehow, or it cannot be used.
Re running IE10 in Compatibility Mode using Developer Tools as suggested in :
It is a completely reversible change.  
No registry change is involved.
holcomb_frankAuthor Commented:
The compatibility mode seems to be working for what we needed. We did some testing today and by putting the browser into the IE 9 mode, the Remote Web Workplace worked, and the other apps of concern are working too.

Some of these issues are on BYOD  equipment, and being able to remotely access the office. We didn't want to do the registry change on other people's devices and then find ourselves supporting their own personal equipment. This is why we passed on the registry change.

All three primary answers were the same, to try the compatibility mode... so we split the points between them thinking that was the fairest. Thanks to you all for your input.
holcomb_frank--You are welcome.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome. Glad to hear it's working for you. Regards, Joe
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