I was running IE 9 and grew to like it for its speed. I had to do a reinstall of Windows 7 and followed Fred Langa's suggestion for a non-reformat, nodestructive method (WS, Issue 297).
The reinstall, while slow-6+ hours -did successfully eliminate many issues mainly from a failed, partial install of SP1 and retained my settings and programs with one exception (IE9). I -per FLs suggestion-allowed the reinstall to have full internet access to d/l updates. I thought these would install as part of the process. However, there were 94 or so "important" updates and 5 optional ones. The important ones included SP1 and IE 9. After screening out maybe 5-10 or so from Ms Bradley's list in issue 297, I proceeded with the update installs which took 10+ hours with many reboots.
About 20 of the "important" updates failed (SP1 did install) and had to be repeated. All installed except IE 9. Not sure if it is the order MS has it running the updates is a problem.
What is strange is the update install history showed several fails on IE9 but one success. However, when I launch IE, it is version 8.
It does not appear under Control Panel/Programs under installed updates. It does appear as IE9 under the list of Windows feature that can be chose under the same Control Panel setting, but unchecking this, rebooting (more lengthy with messages on changing Windows) does not allow a reinstall of IE9.
I've been "nagged" by the install updates, tried a few more times-(each time the system wants to create a restore point) and tried suggested MS proceedures for problem reinstalls. No go! I downloaded a MS "Fix It" utility aimed at a repair but the recommended milder version didn't work. There is an "aggressive" option which I didn't try.
Are there any suggestions outside of another reinstall of Win 7?