By Leo Notenboom
It’s needed in more than a “minimal way”, so not only is it best not to delete it, it’s critical that you do not.
Portions of what you and I consider Internet Explorer are actually part of Windows itself and would cause portions of Windows to fail (more than just the Windows Update website). In fact, it could quite possibly cause other applications that depend on the functionality that those parts of IE-in-Windows provides to fail as well.
What IE brings to the table
The primary job of Internet Explorer, like most web browsers, is to display HTML encoded web pages.
The problem is that it’s not just web pages that are encoded in HTML these days. Many applications use HTML as part of their user interface, their documentation, or their online help system.
To that end, the core HTML rendering engine in Internet Explorer is actually functionality used and provided by Windows for other applications to use.
That means that you can’t just yank it out.
In fact, if you try by going to Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs, Turn Windows features on off, and de-selecting Internet Explorer, Windows will inform you of the likely consequences:
This post is excerpted with Leo’s permission from his blog.
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About Leo Notenboom
Leo A. Notenboom is the owner of Puget Sound Software, LLC and the Leo in Ask Leo!. Leo has been in the personal computer and software industry since 1979, as a software engineer, a manager of software engineers, and as a consultant. In 1983 Leo joined what was then a medium sized local company called Microsoft and spent the next 18 years in a wide variety of groups working on a wide variety of software. If you're running Microsoft Windows, if you've used a Microsoft development tool or Microsoft Money, or if you've ever purchased a ticket through Expedia, there's a good chance you've been touched by some of his work. And of course, since 2003, Leo has been answering your tech questions on Ask Leo!