How to uninstall Microsoft Edge (2023)

By Robert Irvine

published

Here's how to uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 10 —permanently

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge (1)

Lots of Windows 10 users want to know how to uninstall Microsoft Edge. Although the revamped Chromium version of the browser is far superior to its predecessor, and a worthy rival to Chrome and Firefox, nobody likes having software forced on them.

Edge is now tightly integrated with Windows 10 and can't be removed, much like Internet Explorer in old versions of Windows. Even if you have Chrome, Firefox, Brave, Vivaldi, or Opera set as your default browser, Edge still opens automatically when you perform certain tasks. The fact is that Microsoft really, really wants you to use Edge, so you're stuck with the browser whether you like it or not. Or are you?

  • Discover how to remove the Windows 10 news and weather widget
  • Don't miss our guide to the best laptop for the money
  • Chrome vs Firefox vs Edge: which gobbles the most RAM?

The good news is that it is possible to uninstall Edge, by using a special command in Command Prompt. In our guide below, we'll walk you through the process of removing the browser from Windows 10, and explain how to ensure it never comes back. Just be aware that the same trick in Windows 11 might throw ups some issues as Microsoft seems determined to promote its Edge browser in its latest operating system.

But first, we'll look at the easiest way to uninstall Microsoft Edge, just in case it works for you.

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge through Windows 10 Settings

If you installed Microsoft Edge by downloading the browser manually, rather than it installing automatically through Windows Update, you should be able to uninstall it using the following simple method.

1. Open the Settings app in Windows 10 by clicking the Start button and selecting the gear icon. When the Settings window opens, click Apps.

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge (2)

2. In the “Apps & features” window, scroll down to “Microsoft Edge.” Select that item and click the Uninstall button. If this button is greyed out, sadly you’re out of luck and will need to use an alternative method.

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge (3)

(Video) How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 10 2021

3. If you’ve installed the Beta, Developer, or Canary version of Edge, you'll be able to click Uninstall to remove the program. However, you’ll still be stuck with the latest stable version of Edge.

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge with Command Prompt

You can forcibly uninstall Edge from Windows 10 through Command Prompt, using the commands we’ll provide below. But first, you'll need to find out exactly which version of Edge is installed on your PC.

1. Open Edge and click the three-line button in the top-right corner of the browser. Select “Help & feedback,” then “About Microsoft Edge.”

Make a note of the version number below the browser name at the top of the page, or copy and paste it somewhere for reference.

2. Next, open Command Prompt as an administrator. To do this, type "cmd" in the Windows search box and select “Run as administrator” next to Command Prompt at the top of the results list.

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge (5)

3. When Command Prompt opens, type (or copy and paste) the following command, but replace the “xxx” with the Edge version number from step 1, for example “92.0.902.62."

cd %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Microsoft\Edge\Application\xxx\Installer

Press Enter and Command Prompt will switch to Edge’s Installer folder. Now type (or copy and paste) the following command:

setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge (6)

4. Press Enter and Edge will instantly be uninstalled from Windows 10, without you needing to restart your PC.

The browser's shortcut icon will disappear from your taskbar, though you may still see an Edge entry in the Start menu. However, this won’t do anything when clicked.

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge: Stop Edge reinstalling

Even after you’ve successfully uninstalled Microsoft Edge, there’s still a chance it could come back when you install future Windows updates. You can stop this happening using a simple registry tweak.

1. Type "regedit" in the Windows search box and click “Run as administrator” next to Registry Editor.

2. When the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following key, or just copy and paste it into the Registry Editor address bar:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft

3. Right-click the Microsoft folder, and select New, then Key. Name the key “EdgeUpdate” and then right-click it. Select New, then “DWORD (32-bit) Value” and call it “DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium.”

(Video) How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge (2022 Update)

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge (7)

4. Once you’ve created the new DWORD Value, double-click it to open it and change its value to “1.” Click OK to confirm, then exit the Registry Editor.

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge (8)

Your Windows 10 PC should now be completely free of Microsoft Edge. If you decide you want the browser after all, just change the value you created to “0” and download Edge from Microsoft (opens in new tab).

  • More: How to uninstall a Windows update
  • How to use Windows 10like an expert
  • How to install Windows 11— a step-by-step guide
  • Learn how to turn off Windows Defender
  • How to disable the pop-up blocker in your browser
  • How to change your default browser on desktop and mobile
  • How to change the default browser in Windows 11

Be In the Know

Get instant access to breaking news, the hottest reviews, great deals and helpful tips.

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge (9)

Robert Irvine

Robert Irvine was previously the How-To Editor at Tom's Guide. He has been writing tutorials about software, hardware, websites and other tech topics since the days of dial-up modems, and was previously the editor of Web User magazine. Robert enjoys cooking, and makes a mean sausage casserole, but is definitely not the celebrity chef of the same name.

Topics

Browsers

Software

Windows

(Video) How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge In One Click

6 CommentsComment from the forums

  • Saptarshi95

    It did work for 2weeks. I thought i got rid of edge. But again the same problem has come back. Can u plz guide about what to do now. I have tried many different ways but didnt work.

    Reply

  • ParisExpat

    Ahem.... Will the registry modification in "How to uninstall Microsoft Edge: Stop Edge reinstalling" Work in Windows 7?
    Thank you for your reply!

    Reply

  • Zetein

    The commands provided in the post did not work for me, however by tinkering just a little, they ran just fine, so I'll share these changes.

    In case the commands don't work, try this:

    1. Instead of:
    cd %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Microsoft\Edge\Application\<edge version>\Installer
    use

    cd ${Env:ProgramFiles(x86)}\Microsoft\Edge\Application\<edge version>\Installer
    Explanation: ${Env:<variable>} is a string substitution of an environment variable . Does the same as what %<variable>% should do, but the first wasn't working here.
    (don't forget to replace <edge version> with your respective edge version, as instructed in the post)

    (Video) How to Permanently Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 11 or 10 (2022)

    2. Instead of:
    setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall
    use

    ./setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall
    Explanation: Using "./" before a command tells the commandline that the issued command is a file located in the current directory (the one you have used the "cd" command to switch to).

    P.S.: You can avoid the second step by issuing a single command instead:
    ${Env:ProgramFiles(x86)}\Microsoft\Edge\Application\<edge version>\Installer\setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall

    Reply

  • Egres53

    admin said:

    Don't want Edge on your Windows 10 PC? Here's how to uninstall Microsoft's web browser and stop it being reinstalled.

    How to uninstall Microsoft Edge : Read more

    Worked perfectly, for ONE Day!!! tried it again, icon on home page went away again, but found 12+ mb of files in programs cant find a way to remove them.... Help

    Reply

  • Mocod

    Everything worked perfectly, except the registry trick: I had the magical key, but MS however succeeded to reinstall Edge in the last update! (KB5000736)
    I had to follow the procedure again, but I'd really like to get rid of it definitely...
    Thank you.

    Reply

  • benjegbert78

    Zetein said:

    The commands provided in the post did not work for me, however by tinkering just a little, they ran just fine, so I'll share these changes.

    In case the commands don't work, try this:

    1. Instead of:
    cd %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Microsoft\Edge\Application\<edge version>\Installer
    use

    cd ${Env:ProgramFiles(x86)}\Microsoft\Edge\Application\<edge version>\Installer
    Explanation: ${Env:<variable>} is a string substitution of an environment variable . Does the same as what %<variable>% should do, but the first wasn't working here.
    (don't forget to replace <edge version> with your respective edge version, as instructed in the post)

    2. Instead of:
    setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall
    use

    ./setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall
    Explanation: Using "./" before a command tells the commandline that the issued command is a file located in the current directory (the one you have used the "cd" command to switch to).

    P.S.: You can avoid the second step by issuing a single command instead:
    ${Env:ProgramFiles(x86)}\Microsoft\Edge\Application\<edge version>\Installer\setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall

    Thank you ever so much! as you have known, the cd command did not work as it was originally posted, but you saved the day with your fix! I am indebted to you, kind Zetein, for your very good advising.

    (Video) Uninstall Microsoft Edge and Keep it from Coming Back

    Reply

FAQs

How do I completely remove Microsoft Edge? ›

To uninstall Microsoft Edge, use these steps:
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select the Microsoft Edge item.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.
17 May 2022

How do I force uninstall Microsoft Edge 2021? ›

Press the Windows key. Search for “uninstall a program” and click on the search result with that name. Look for Microsoft Edge in the list of applications, click on it and then the “uninstall” option.

Can I delete Microsoft Edge if I use Chrome? ›

Replies (5) 

Since you apparently received Edge Chromium from Windows Updates it can't be uninstalled. You can still use Chrome by going to Settings, Apps, on the left click on Defaults and, scroll down to Browsers and change it to Chrome.

Will uninstalling Microsoft Edge cause problems? ›

Don't uninstall Edge. It's not hurting anything by being there. It's integrated into Windows and you may run into issues if you uninstall it.

How do I permanently remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 11? ›

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 11
  1. Press Win+I to open Windows Settings.
  2. Go to Apps > Apps & features.
  3. Find Microsoft Edge.
  4. Click the three-dotted icon and select Uninstall.
  5. Click the Uninstall button again.
12 Aug 2022

What happens if you delete Microsoft Edge? ›

Windows will run happily even if Edge has been force-uninstalled. However, many auxiliary bits of the Windows 10 experience - store apps, some parts of control panel etc. - need a native program to render HTML content. Some still use IE, but not for much longer.

How do I disable Microsoft Edge from command prompt? ›

Here is how you remove Edge.
  1. Open Powershell as admin.
  2. Type the command “get-appxpackage *edge*” (without the quotation marks) and press enter.
  3. Copy the PackageFullName.
  4. Type the command “remove-appxpackage” followed by the PackageFullName.
  5. Press enter and reboot.

How do I permanently remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 11 using Powershell? ›

  1. Right click on setup.exe and select Open in Terminal.
  2. Now, enter the following command to uninstall Microsoft Edge from your system: .\setup.exe -uninstall -system-level -verbose-logging -force-uninstall.
31 May 2022

Why is Microsoft Edge running in the background? ›

There are two settings that affect this: at ⋯ (Settings and more) > Settings > System > Start-up boost and Continue running background apps when Microsoft Edge is closed. Try turning them off one by one and test to see whether the behaviour persists.

How do I switch from Microsoft Edge to Google? ›

Steps
  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. At the top right, click. Settings.
  3. On the left, click Privacy and Services. If you don't find this, first click the Menu. at the top left.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click Address bar.
  5. In the “Search engine used in the address bar” drop-down, select Google.

Is Microsoft Edge slowing down my computer? ›

Edge can become slow due to the number of open tabs, so be sure to close all the tabs that aren't necessary. Your cache can also slow down the browser, so it's advised that you clean it from time to time. Certain extensions can also cause issues, so disable all unnecessary extensions.

How do I get rid of Microsoft Edge and go back to Google Chrome? ›

  1. On your computer, click the Start menu .
  2. Click Settings .
  3. Open your default apps: Original version: Click System. Default apps. Creators Update: Click Apps. Default apps.
  4. At the bottom, under "Web browser," click your current browser (typically Microsoft Edge).
  5. In the "Choose an app" window, click Google Chrome.

Do I have to have Microsoft Edge? ›

No you do not "need" Edge. It is a part of Windows 10/11. It is a browser application that replaces IE in Windows. You can install alternate browsers like FireFox or Opera, or others.

What happens if I Uninstall Microsoft Edge Windows 11? ›

First, a clarification. This method will uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 11, but it will not change which browser your system considers its default. You must first install a new web browser onto your system and make it the default browser.

Does Windows 11 force you to use Edge? ›

Microsoft has changed the way Windows 11 handles switching default web browsers, thankfully, reversing an unpopular decision it made when the OS was still in pre-release testing (back in August).

How do I permanently delete Microsoft Edge Reddit? ›

Open CMD as admin, type cd, and paste the file path then press enter. Paste this command and press enter: setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall. Now run the script Uninstall Edge.

How do I stop Microsoft Edge from updating to Windows 10? ›

Proceed at your own risk:
  1. Press Windows key + S and type Services.
  2. Right-click the first result from the list and select Run as administrator.
  3. Double-click Windows Update.
  4. If the Service Status is Running, click Stop.
  5. Change Startup type to Disabled.
  6. Click Apply and OK.

What is the point of Microsoft Edge? ›

Microsoft Edge is the default browser for all Windows 10 devices. It's built to be highly compatible with the modern web. For some enterprise web apps and a small set of sites that were built to work with older technologies like ActiveX, you can use Enterprise Mode to automatically send users to Internet Explorer 11.

Can you use Chrome on Microsoft Edge? ›

In the new Microsoft Edge , you can import almost all of your data from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox and use it in Microsoft Edge to minimize the setup required for switching over and to continue working in ways that are familiar to you with the other browsers.

Is Edge better than Chrome? ›

It's hard to pin down how accurate this exact stat is, but plenty of users around the web have run their own tests and come to the same conclusion: Edge is faster than Chrome. For example, Avast tested many browsers and found Edge to run faster than Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Vivaldi.

Is Chrome and Microsoft Edge the same? ›

The new Microsoft Edge (Chromium) is built on the same underlying technology as Google Chrome, offering world class performance and compatibility with your favorite websites and extensions.

What is the fastest browser? ›

Google Chrome is the fastest web browser you can get on a Windows machine. It surpassed the competition in three out of four tests, outranking even Microsoft's latest Edge browser—which is now based on Chromium—in all but one test.

What is the problem with Microsoft Edge? ›

Various issues can occur while using Microsoft Edge, including connection problems, general slowness, password issues, problems with Adobe Flash content, requests to use Internet Explorer, issues importing favorites, the Home button failing to display, and problems changing the default search engine.

What are the disadvantages of Microsoft Edge? ›

Microsoft Edge does not have Extension Support, no extensions means no mainstream adoption, The one reason you probably won't make Edge your default browser, You will really miss your extensions, There is lack of full control, An easy option to switch between search engines is missing as well.

Why do I have Microsoft Edge on my computer? ›

Microsoft Edge is an internet browser made by Microsoft, which is installed by default on all new Windows computers. Edge was made to replace Internet Explorer, and runs faster and with more features.

Why does Microsoft Edge keep opening? ›

If Edge is opening by itself every time you start your system, it might be possible that the Startup folder contains an Edge shortcut. If so, you have to delete the Edge shortcut to solve the issue. To launch the Startup folder, follow the steps below: Launch the Run command box by pressing the Win + R keys.

How do I uninstall Microsoft Edge and install Internet Explorer? ›

But if you still want to install it ,follow the steps below. Open Settings >> Apps >> Apps and Features >> click Optional Features >> click Add a Feature >> search for Internet Explorer 11 >> select it and click install. Windows won't let uninstall MS Edge because it's essential component of the operating system.

What is the point of Microsoft Edge? ›

Microsoft Edge is the default browser for all Windows 10 devices. It's built to be highly compatible with the modern web. For some enterprise web apps and a small set of sites that were built to work with older technologies like ActiveX, you can use Enterprise Mode to automatically send users to Internet Explorer 11.

Is it OK to disable Microsoft Edge on startup? ›

If you don't use Microsoft Edge (legacy), you should disable its startup processes to avoid wasting system resources as you sign in to Windows 10.

How do I stop Microsoft Edge from opening instead of Internet Explorer? ›

How do I stop Internet Explorer from opening in Microsoft Edge?
  1. Launch MS Edge and click the top-right corner button. ...
  2. Pick Default browser from the list and enable all IE-related options as follows:
  3. Under Internet Explorer compatibility, click the Let Internet Explorer open sites in Microsoft Edge menu.
  4. Select Never.
11 Aug 2022

Can I delete Microsoft Edge and reinstall? ›

If you're a Windows user, you don't need to uninstall Microsoft Edge before you reinstall it. Also, your history, cookies, and settings will be restored after the reinstall completes.

How do I Uninstall Microsoft Edge from command prompt? ›

But you can turn to the Command Prompt.
  1. Click the Start button, type cmd, right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
  2. Type C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\83.0.478.58\Installer and press Enter.
  3. Type setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall and press Enter.
7 Jul 2020

Do you really need Microsoft Edge? ›

No you do not "need" Edge. It is a part of Windows 10/11. It is a browser application that replaces IE in Windows. You can install alternate browsers like FireFox or Opera, or others.

Which is safer chrome or Edge? ›

In fact, Microsoft Edge is more secure than Google Chrome for your business on Windows 10. It has powerful, built-in defenses against phishing and malware and natively supports hardware isolation on Windows 10—there's no additional software required to achieve this secure baseline.

How do I change from Microsoft Edge to Chrome? ›

  1. On your computer, click the Start menu .
  2. Click Settings .
  3. Open your default apps: Original version: Click System. Default apps. Creators Update: Click Apps. Default apps.
  4. At the bottom, under "Web browser," click your current browser (typically Microsoft Edge).
  5. In the "Choose an app" window, click Google Chrome.

Videos

1. How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge - SOLVED
(Trendy Startups)
2. How To Uninstall Microsoft Edge Windows ~ Remove Edge from Windows 11 & 10 | Nico Knows Tech
(Nico Knows Tech)
3. How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge The Right Way
(Britec09)
4. How Difficult is it to Uninstall Microsoft Edge?
(Enderman)
5. How to uninstall and block Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser in Windows 10
(ITProTV)
6. Windows 11: How To Completely Uninstall and Remove Microsoft Edge
(MDTechVideos)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Kelle Weber

Last Updated: 02/25/2023

Views: 6448

Rating: 4.2 / 5 (73 voted)

Reviews: 88% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Kelle Weber

Birthday: 2000-08-05

Address: 6796 Juan Square, Markfort, MN 58988

Phone: +8215934114615

Job: Hospitality Director

Hobby: tabletop games, Foreign language learning, Leather crafting, Horseback riding, Swimming, Knapping, Handball

Introduction: My name is Kelle Weber, I am a magnificent, enchanting, fair, joyous, light, determined, joyous person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.