With Windows 10 we got a new browser called Microsoft Edge, and although Microsoft Edge is designed as a successor to Internet Explorer, some users aren’t pleased with Microsoft Edge and they don’t want to use it at all.
In fact, some users even want to uninstall Microsoft Edge completely from Windows 10.
Microsoft Edge is a core component of Windows 10, and by uninstalling it you can potentially cause instability issues. Bear in mind that you’re removing Microsoft Edge at your own risk.
Is there a way to uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10?
Solution 1 – Use third-party solutions
In order to remove Microsoft Edge, sometimes you need to rely on third-party solutions. In order to remove Edge using a third-party tool, follow these steps:
- Download this file.
- Once you’ve download the file, extract it to your Desktop or any other folder you can easily access.
- Right click on Uninstall Edge.cmd and select Run as administrator.
- Wait for the process to finish and once the process is completed, restart your PC.
- Once your PC restarts, Microsoft Edge should be uninstalled from your computer.
We also suggest you IObit Uninstaller. This tool recommended itself by being extremely effective and user-friendly.
Solution 2 – Rename/delete Microsoft Edge core files
In order to fix remove or disable Microsoft Edge, you might have to remove or rename some of its core files. To do that, you need to follow these steps:
- Navigate to C:WindowsSystemApps folder.
- Locate Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder, right click it and choose Properties.
- Set the folder to Read-only. Make sure that read-only option is checked with a check mark and not a square.
- Click Apply and OK to save changes.
- Open Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder, click the View tab and make sure File name extension option is checked.
- Locate MicrosoftEdge.exe and MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe and rename them to MicrosoftEdge.old and MicrosoftEdgeCP.old respectively. This will change the extensions of the files and disable Microsoft Edge completely. You can also remove these files, but that might lead to system instability.
- Optional: If you want to enable Microsoft Edge or if you’re having any issues after disabling Microsoft Edge, just repeat the same steps and rename MicrosoftEdge.old and MicrosoftEdgeCP.old to MicrosoftEdge.exe and MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe.
If you are unable to change the extension, you have to take ownership of that folder. To do that, follow these steps:
- Right-click the Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder and choose Properties.
- Navigate to Security tab and click the Advanced button.
- Once Advanced Security window opens, locate Owner section. It should be assigned to Trusted Installer. Click the Change link.
- In Enter the object name to select enter Administrators, if you’re using administrator account, or your account name and click Check Names. After you click Check Names your input should change, but that’s perfectly normal. Click OK.
- Check Replace owner on subcontainers and objects and click Apply and OK to save changes.
- Go back to Security tab and click on Edit.
- Select Administrators from the menu and in Permissions for Administrators section select Full control.
- Click Apply and OK to save changes.
Alternatively, you can take control over that folder by using Command Prompt. To do that, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
- Once Command Prompt starts, enter the following lines and press Enter after each line in order to run it:
We have to mention that disabling Microsoft Edge by changing its extension is less destructive method that won’t cause any issues with your operating system, so we urge you to disable Edge instead of removing it from your computer.
Microsoft Edge is a great web browser, far superior than its predecessor, and although we showed you how to uninstall it, bear in mind that uninstalling a core component of Windows 10 can lead to certain issues.
If you don’t want to use Microsoft Edge, you can simply disable it, or use another web browser instead. Speaking of another browser, we can try one of these from our fresh list.
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UPDATE: Soon, you may not even have to manually uninstall Microsoft Edge from your Windows 10 computer. Recent news suggest the Redmond giant gave up hope and decided to ditch Microsoft EdgeHTML completely.
This is actually a wise decision. Edge was launched in 2015 but has failed to become a popular browser. Three years after the official launch, the browser has a tiny 4% market share that it’s going downhill.
Until then, if you still want to remove the Edge browser, follow the instructions listed above.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.