How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

How to Disable or Uninstall Microsoft Edge

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a boatload of new features and apps which are very beneficial for users. Still, sometimes all the features and apps are not necessarily used by users. The same is the case with Microsoft Edge, although Microsoft introduced it with Windows 10 and said it’s a big brother of Internet Explorer with lot improvements, but still it doesn’t live up to the reputation. More necessarily, it doesn’t catch up with its competitors such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. And that’s the reason users are looking for a way to either disable Microsoft Edge or completely uninstall it from their PC.

How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

Now Microsoft being clever, they don’t seem to have included a way to disable or uninstall Microsoft edge completely. As Microsoft Edge is an integral part of Windows 10, it can’t be removed completely from the system, but for users looking to disable it, let’s see How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed guide.

How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Workaround the problem

Now you could set the default browser in Windows Settings to either Chrome or Firefox. This way, Microsoft Edge won’t open up automatically until and unless you don’t run it. Anyway, this is just a workaround the problem, and if you don’t like it, you could move to method 2.

1. Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Apps.

Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click Apps | How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

2. From the left-hand menu, make sure to select Default apps.

3. Under Choose default apps to click on Microsoft Edge listed under Web browser.

Select Default Apps then under web browser click on Microsoft Edge

4. Now select Google Chrome or Firefox to change your default web browser.

Note: For this, you need to make sure that you have already installed Chrome or Firefox.

Choose default app for web browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome

5. Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 2: Rename Microsoft Edge Folder

1. Press Windows key + R then type C:\Windows\SystemApps\ and hit Enter.

2. Now inside SystemApps folder, find the Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder then right-click on it and select Properties.

Right click on Microsoft Edge folder in SystemApps | How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

3. Make sure under Attributes Read-only option is checked (Not a square but a checkmark).

Make sure to check mark Read-only Attribute for Microsoft Edge folder

4. Click Apply, followed by OK.

5. Now try to rename the Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder and if it asks for permission select Yes.

Rename Microsoft Edge folder in SystemApps

6. This will successfully disable Microsoft Edge, but if you cannot rename the folder due to permission issue, the continue.

7. Open Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder and then click on View and make sure file name extension option is checked.

Under Microsoft Edge folder click on View and check mark File name extensions | How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

8. Now find the following two files inside above folder:

MicrosoftEdge.exe
MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe 

9. Rename the above files to:

Microsoft edge.old
MicrosoftEdgeCP.old

Rename MicrosoftEdge.exe and MicrosofEdgeCP.exe in order Disable Microsoft Edge

10. This will successfully Disable Microsoft Edge in Windows 10, but if you cannot rename them because of permissions issue, then continue.

11. Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

12. Type the following command into cmd and hit Enter after each one:

takeown /f C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe
icacls C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe /grant administrators:f

Take permission of Microsoft Edge folder by using takeown and icacls command in cmd

13. Again try to rename the above two files, and this time you will be successful in doing so.

14. Reboot your PC to save changes, and this is How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10.

Method 3: Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 (Not Recommended)

As already mentioned that Microsoft Edge is an integral part of Windows 10 and completely uninstalling or removing it might lead to system instability that is why only method 2 is recommended if you want to disable Microsoft Edge completely. But if you still want to continue, then continue at your own risk.

1.Type PowerShell in Windows search and then right-click on PowerShell and select Run as Administrator.

In the Windows search type Powershell then right-click on Windows PowerShell

2. Now type the following command into Powershell and hit Enter:

Get-AppxPackage

3. Scroll down till you find Microsoft.Microsoft edge….. next to PackageFullName and then copy the full name under the above field. For example:

PackageFullName: Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_40.15063.674.0_neutral__8wekyb3d8bbwe

Type Get-AppxPackage in powershell and then copy Microsoft Edge PackeFullName | How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

4. Once you have the package name, then type the following command:

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_40.15063.674.0_neutral__8wekyb3d8bbwe | Remove-AppxPackage

Note: If the above doesn’t work try this one: Get-AppxPackage  *edge* | Remove-AppxPackage

5. This will uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 completely.

6. Reboot your PC to save changes.

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding the above guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this tutorial this really helped me in what I want to achieve 🙂

  2. Edge just keeps coming back. 🙁

    I have now set permissions to deny the system from changing the folder. We will see if that makes the changes permanent.

    Edge actually had the potential to be great, however it is deeply set into the system and has dozens of unknown “Phone Home” branches. I am not confident to let it run, even in a dormant state.
    R.

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