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Can I install IE8 on Windows 8?

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A customer asked if I can uninstall IE10 on his Windows 8 computer.  
There's an important website he can't access and it doesn't work with Firefox either.
Can this be done?
Thanks,
Alan
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by:John Hurst
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No. Windows 8 came with IE10 and IE8 will not install on Windows 8.

When your customer upgrades to Windows 8.1 (necessary soon), then it will have IE11 with no backpedalling from that.

If you customer must have IE8, they must get an XP Virtual Machine to put on Windows 8 via VMware Workstation or Player and do it that way.

I am running Windows 8.1 myself.

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by:PowerEdgeTech
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Compatibility Mode for IE should address most incompatibilities, but as thinkpads said, it can't be uninstalled (disabled, but not uninstalled).  XP, Vista, and Windows 7 can all run IE8, if it is absolutely necessary.
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The subject says Windows 8 not Windows 7 and the minimum for Windows 8 is IE 10.

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Right, but that doesn't mean that running another OS isn't an option ... you suggested running XP.  Vista and 7 are better options than XP, given EOL for XP next spring, but any of those three could be installed (physically or virtually) if IE8 is a "must".
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True, but Vista has also been orphaned, so I keep an XP machine handy because it will run IE8 just fine. VM's can be backed up and do not go bad (no mechanicals) so even though XP is end of life, an XP VM works great on my Windows 8.1 box. I also have a Windows 7 VM (and Vista) and Windows 7 will work just as well.

I had one (valid business) site that broke today with IE11 (both my Windows 8.1 laptop and my Windows 7 desktop). I had to recover the order form on a Windows 7 VM. It is a workaround and I told the vendor they need to move on.

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by:alanlsilverman
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I hear that there is some way to run IE10 in IE8 compatibility mode.  I suspect that would do the job.
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by:John Hurst
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It depends on the site. I have two routers in my home office that will not work in IE11. I turned on compatibility mode and they worked fine.

Try it. There is no guarantee. If it works, great, and if it does not work, there isn't much you can do in Windows 8.

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by:alanlsilverman
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Can you tell me exactly what I need to do to get into compatibility mode.  From things I've read I first have to get into desktop mode in IE10, then bring up developers tools.
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Al
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Go to the website in IE, then Tools, compatibility mode and add the website. If it is going to work, that should do it.

And I should note, I always use Desktop IE.

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by:alanlsilverman
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I think I've got it.
Thanks,
Al
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@alanlsilverman - Thanks Al, and I was happy to help.

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by:PowerEdgeTech
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Using Developer Tools (F12), you can load a site in IE8 mode, but it is not permanent (you'd have to do it every time).  Compatibility Mode that thinkpads suggested can be set and the site will run in compatibility mode every time (you can also hit the broken page icon in the address bat to add the site).
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