Remove Internet Explorer 10 using SCCM & Software Catalog

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I manage a SCCM environment where it was required to have the option to remove Internet Explorer 10 using the Software Catalog. This was due to a number of legacy web based systems not working with IE10 and was to get the end user the ability to remove it if required without the assistance of the busy IT team.

I started to look into this and the solution is very simple. All that is required is to create a custom application in SCCM and instead of giving it an installation source, it just requires the installation program and it is this installation program that carries out the uninstall.



INSTRUCTIONS

You should create a custom application in SCCM but do not add a content source as you will not be requiring any media files to carry out this uninstall.

You should then just input an installation program that will carry out the uninstall. The command for this uninstall is:

Note that this should be inserted in the Installation program section, not the uninstall program section. You should then have a Programs tab that looks like this:

You then need to add a detection method to check that the machine requesting the uninstall has IE9 available for it.

To do this, you should point the detection method at the IE9 executable file and base the setting on the file version. If you point the detection method at IE10 executable, then this application will not run as it will state that you already have it “installed!.

Your detection method should then look like this:

There is no need to distribute this application as there is nothing to distribute but you should then deploy to where it is required. Test first before pushing out publicly and also not that a reboot must be carried out to complete the uninstall.

If you have any questions about this guide, please post them below in the comments section.



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