Uninstalling the new Edge on Windows 10 is a nuisance

Claudiu Andone
by Claudiu Andone
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  • According to a Microsoft post on the support page, the company is preparing a phased rollout for the new Microsoft Edge
  • The announcement also tells us that we won't be able to uninstall the new version of Edge.
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You can't uninstall the new Edge on Windows 10

According to a Microsoft post on the support page, the company is preparing a phased rollout for the new Microsoft Edge.

The move is absolutely normal as Microsoft invested a lot in the latest developments of Edge, including the latest enterprise features.

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However, the announcement comes with an alarming title for some users, the title of the short document is Can’t uninstall Microsoft Edge.

What can I do if I can’t uninstall Microsoft Edge?

Microsoft explains very shortly on how is this going to roll down:

The new version of Microsoft Edge gives users full control over importing personal data from the legacy version of Microsoft Edge. The new version of Microsoft Edge is included in a Windows system update, so the option to uninstall it or use the legacy version of Microsoft Edge will no longer be available.

So the new Microsoft Edge is going to be included probably in a cumulative update and you won’t have the option to uninstall it or to revert to the old, HTML version of the browser.

The reaction was pretty quick as one user posted a link for a petition in Reddit to allow users to uninstall Microsoft Edge.

We already had an episode with Microsoft blocking out other browsers in 2016 but that was listed as a mistake. The bottom line is that if Edge will come as built-in to an update, the uninstall option will be grayed out.

That’s not exactly true because you will still be able to uninstall it using Command Prompt.

How can I uninstall Microsoft Edge using Command prompt?

  1. Type command in Windows search and select Run as administrator.
  2. Now type the following line: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\83.0.478.58\Installer
  3. Next, type the following command setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall

Practically, the first command gets you to the exact place where the installer and the second command will wipe out Edge.

Note: 83.0.478.58 is the version of the Edge. You can navigate using a File Explorer to that exact path and make sure that it’s the right version.

If you do encounter other problems with uninstalling Edge or if you have any other solutions, please share them in our Comments section below.

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