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IE 9 will not update to 11 on server 2008

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I have 3 servers 2008 r2 64 bit that refuse to install IE 11 - Ive tried to uninstall ie 9 and I can't do that either.  I've tried command line  FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-*9.*.mum /c "cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart"
I've tried to uninstall via the control panel - rebooting , logging in as local admin.  now I'm running sfc /scannow.  Any suggestions?
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by:John Hurst
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Server 2008 and Vista have common structures and IE 11 will not run on either. I think IE 9 is the limit for your server. You may need to try Chrome or other browser.
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by:WellingtonIS
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? I have IE 11 on a bunch of servers that have 2008 R2
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by:John Hurst
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Thanks for the update. I did not think it would run there but I may be thinking of 2008 non-R2.

Try running System File Checker (SFC /SCANNOW) and restart the server upon completion. Then try again.
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by:WellingtonIS
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That's what I'm doing now
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by:rindi
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Run all Windowsupdates and IE 11 will get installed automatically.
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OK I've already done all the suggestions.  I can not get IE 9 uninstalled or IE 11 installed.  I can't remove it.  I can't download from the internet and install. Doesn't anyone know of an off line full version of IE 11 I can try? Server 2008 r2 64 bit
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by:John Hurst
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If server desktop experience is installed, you should be able to go to Windows Features, uncheck IE, close out and restart the server. Then IE may properly install
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by:WellingtonIS
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Desktop experience is however, when I go to features IE isn't there.
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by:John Hurst
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I have never seen IE installed and not in Features.  Is it possible to run DISM on that server (I am not sure)

Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Scanhealth (takes 15 - 20 minutes).   <--- This just determines if step 2 is needed.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth (takes 15 - 20 minutes).
Restart the computer and test
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by:WellingtonIS
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OK I'm trying a few things but I'll try that too. thanks
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by:WellingtonIS
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The online/cleanup-image/scanhealth option is unknown
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by:WellingtonIS
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OK was typing wrong. I think it's running now
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by:John Hurst
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While you were doing that, I looked on the Microsoft download site for IE 11 for that server and could not find one. Still looking however.
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It says the operation completed successfully.  Now what?
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by:John Hurst
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Here is the download site for IE11 that includes Server 2008 R2. Scroll down for English

https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/18520
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by:skullnobrains
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Doesn't anyone know of an off line full version of IE 11 I can try? Server 2008 r2 64 bit

nope. IE is afaik part of the base system, not available through a regular installer, and not easy if not impossible to package as standalone since IE6 because it uses a huge bunch of system dlls which btw are also used by various windows builtin software such as explorer.

but i've never tried the above links. i'd assume you need to use the exact windows version and update level microsoft assumes for them to work

the only way i know you can walk yourself out of this one is by installing/uninstalling through windows components ( whatever that is called nowadays ) and update using the regular windows update tool.

id'probably uninstall, then reinstall, then update if feasible
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by:John Hurst
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The offline installer is available. But if that does not work and from above DISM failed to correct, then back up and reinstall the Server is probably the only way now.
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by:WellingtonIS
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Can't uninstall it and can't update it regardless of what I try it fails
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by:skullnobrains
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what happens when you uninstall it from the control panel ?
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Getting an error but nothing specific
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Trying to install via a shut down
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no that didn't work either.  Is there an msu file available?
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Not as far as I know - just the installer file I pointed to.
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OK then it stays IE 9 this is an SQL server and I'm not redoing it
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Yes. Leave as IE 9 or try a newer version of Chrome.
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by:John Hurst
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Thank you and good luck. I hope that IE 9 will continue to serve you.
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by:skullnobrains
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Getting an error but nothing specific
we surely can figure something out with the text of that error

then if it is an SQL server, it probably should not be able to access the internet anyway so this is rather pointless
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