OneDrive is the default cloud storage service comes with Windows 10/11 and Office 365. It is a great option when it comes to save your local files, projects on cloud.

In this guide, you will learn how to un-sync OneDrive without deleting files. And a bonus tip that will save you when using OneDrive in 2022.

For easy navigation, follow the Table of Content. Let’s get started.

01. How to Un-sync OneDrive Without Deleting Files on Your Local Machine (PC)

User have reported various times that when they un-sync (or unlink) OneDrive, their local files (files on PC) are also get deleted.

It can become frustrating to you that loosing all of your ongoing project or personal files. But there is a solution!

Follow one of these methods to Un-sync OneDrive without deleting files on your local machine:

Step 01 – Make OneDrive Cloud Files Available Offline

If you want to keep your cloud files (files saved in OneDrive cloud) and local files (files that are in your PC) in your local machine, then you have to make your cloud files available in your local machine first.

There are 2 ways to do that;

  • Downloading cloud files manually
  • Enabling Files-On-Demand in OneDrive settings

Downloading cloud files manually involves a bit of work, there is an much easier way to make cloud files available offline. That is the second way.

So here is how to make your cloud files offline;

Step I – Enable Files-On-Demand

Enabling Files-On-Demand will make your OneDrive files (stored in cloud) accessible offline. But it won’t take up space on your hard drive because those files will only available when your device is connected to internet.

  1. Click the OneDrive icon that is on the right corner of task bar
  1. Click on help & settings and then settings
  1. Click the settings tab and check the box under Files-On-Demand
  1. Click Ok button

More info about files-on-demand: Click here

Step II – Make “available when online” files available offline

Now if you go back to your OneDrive folder, you will see that cloud files that are added to the folder. But if you look at the status, you will see that it is a blue OneDrive icon. which means you can only access those files when you are online.

Now you need to make them accessible even when you are offline. So here is how you can do that:

  1. Open OneDrive folder
  2. Right click on the cloud files and select Always keep on this device
  1. Make sure the status of files changed to green checked mark like this:

Now you have successfully made your cloud files available offline. Let’s go to the Next step.

Step 02 – Copying files to another drive before un-sync OneDrive

This is an easy way to save your local files from being deleted when un-sync OneDrive. Here is how can you do that:

  1. Head over to your OneDrive folder
  2. Copy everything you need
  3. Paste them in another drive (D: for example), another folder

If you successfully copied OneDrive files to another location, you can proceed to Un-sync OneDrive.

Step 03 – Un-sync (unlink) OneDrive

Please make sure you have copied all the necessary files before un-sync OneDrive. And then follow the steps below:

  1. Open OneDrive from the taskbar icon
  2. Go to Help & settings, then Settings
  3. Click the Accounts tab and click Unlink this PC

Now you have successfully done un-sync OneDrive without deleting files in your local machine.

Does unlinking OneDrive delete files that I stored in cloud?

The answer is No. You won’t loose any file in your cloud drive. You can always access them by signing into your OneDrive account. Since you have taken a full backup of your cloud drive and local machine, you will be fine.

02. How to Delete Local Files Without Deleting Them From OneDrive

Sometimes you want to remove finished projects, unwanted files from your local OneDrive folder but not from your OneDrive cloud.

However, when you delete any file in OneDrive folder, you know that it will also get deleted from your cloud drive as well. So how can you prevent this from happening?

Follow these steps to delete local files without deleting them from OneDrive;

Step 01 – Enable Files-On-Demand

If you haven’t enabled Files-On-Demand option in OneDrive as I mentioned previous section of this article, click here to go above and Enable it first.

Step 02 – Delete files that you want

Now you can delete files. But now you should not just select files and press the Delete button. Instead you have to select Free Up space. Here is how to do that;

  1. Go to OneDrive folder
  2. Select files you want to delete
  3. Right click on them and select Free up Space

I hope now you have learned how to un-sync OneDrive without deleting files in your local machine. If you have any questions related this article, feel free to leave a comment below. I will always be there to help you.

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This is a complete and easy guide to fix the “Discord Update Failed” Loop in 2021.

Whether you have a Windows or a Mac computer, you will be able to fix this error loop just by following this guide. Keep reading!

Symptoms of Discord Update (Failed) Loop

The most reported symptom is that the Discord desktop client starts updating while starting the app and it gets stuck after a while. And the worst thing is, it doesn’t allow the user (you) to work on Discord without finishing the update. In return for a longer update process, this is what you will see:

Discord update failed loop
Update loop

Why Discord Update Fails and Gets Stuck in a Loop?

This is just to make sure that you will not encounter such annoying errors in the future. Based on our findings, here are the causes that keep “Discord update failed” and stuck in a loop:

  • Firewall (built in or third party) prevents discord reaching their servers to download updates
  • Invalid Update file
  • Discord cache
  • Discord Server Errors (you have nothing to do about this)
  • Poor internet connection or VPN conflict

Now, it is time to fix the Discord update failed loop. Let’s get started!

How to Fix Discord Update Failed/Stuck in Update Loop (Windows/Mac)

Every solution listed here will be updated regularly for better results! Don’t rush, try the solutions one by one to get the issue fixed and to work on Discord the same as before.

01 — Check Discord Server Status

Sometimes, the problem is not on your computer or the connection. It can be the not-functioning Discord servers that eventually cause the update failed loop. In this instance, it is better to check the server status before proceeding to further solutions.

Here is how to check Discord server status (check whether they are down!):

Discord server status

If you happen to see something like this (marked on the image), then you have to wait sometime till they fix the issues on their servers. (Tip: Keep checking server status every after 30 minutes.)

02 — Check your Internet Connection (Or VPN/Proxy)

VPN diagram

You might want to ignore this, but poor internet connection or incompatible VPN configurations or Proxy might be the cause of your Discord issue.

Checking the internet connection is the first thing you should do (head over to Ookla and test the speeds). If you got bad results, then try fixing your connection.

Then, if you are using a VPN, try disabling it and run the Discord again. If you got your problem solved, then the VPN is the bad guy here.

Discord uses UDP protocol; therefore, make sure you have set the VPN configurations to UDP (ask your VPN provider) then it should work fine.

04 — Disable Windows/Third Party Firewall (Temporary)

If Discord is blocked by a firewall, then it won’t update. What you need to do is to temporarily disable any firewall that is activated on your computer.

If you are using a third-party firewall, then you may have to look at how to disable that firewall temporarily (sorry but there are a lot of third parties so I cannot tell you the exact way to do that).

But, if you are using the inbuilt Windows firewall, then here is what you need to do:

For Windows 10

  • Open Windows Security (also known as Windows defender)
  • Go to Firewall and Network Protection
  • Turn off “Domain network“, “Private network” and “Public network firewalls
Windows security firewall
This is how it should look in Windows security settings

Please note that you must turn them on again after updating Discord to protect your computer from malware.

For Windows 7, 8, or 8.1

  • Open Control Panel, go to System and Security
  • Go to Windows Firewall
  • Turn off Firewall

This is how it should look after you turn off Firewall

Windows 8 firewall

Please note that you must turn them on again after updating Discord to protect your computer from malware.

05 — Rename the Discord Update file (Windows)

Discord uses an executable update file to keep Discord updated so renaming this file will prevent Discord from updating the client. This is a good option you can do to get around the update failed loop.

But, this will prevent Discord from updating. Meaning, you will not be able to get bug fixes, latest features, etc. Therefore, consider updating Discord manually or try another solution if you don’t like this trick.

How to rename Discord update file:

  • Open file explorer
  • Copy this path in navigation bar
  • Rename the “username with your Windows user folder name and press Enter button
Discord update file location

Once you press the Enter button, it will take you to the update file location of Discord. Now, rename the file with a different name (if you get any error, terminate any discord processes from the taskbar and try again).

Rename Discord update file

06 — Clear Discord Cache (Windows/Mac)

Both Windows and Mac users have reported that clearing the Discord cache helped them to solve the update loop issue. It is worth trying!

Discord keeps cache (temporary files) stored in computers to work well without stressing computer resources. But sometimes it can get corrupted end up creating annoying issues like this update loop you now experience.

You can clear Discord’s cache by deleting the app data folder (Windows)/ Application support folder. Here is how to do that:

Clear Discord cache in Windows (10/8.1/8/7):

  • Press Windows key + R to open Run dialog box
  • copy this path to the dialog box and click the OK button
Run dialog box
  • In the Discord folder, Select “cache“, “Code cache” and “GPU cache
  • Press Shift + Delete buttons to delete them permanently
Delete Discord cache windows

Clear Discord cache in Mac:

  • Open the finder app, Select Go > Go to folder (Or press Command + Shift + G)
  • In the Go to the Folder box, copy the following path and click the Go button
~/Library/Application Support/discord
Mac finder go to folder
  • Select the “Cache“, “Code cache” and “Gpu cache” (Use the command Key)
  • Press Option + Command (⌘) + Delete
Confirm delete immediately Mac


  • Move them to trash and Empty the trash

07 — Uninstall & Reinstall Discord (Windows/Mac)

If none of the abovementioned things worked, the last option you have left is to uninstall and reinstall Discord to fix the update failed loop. Follow these:

How to Reinstall Discord on Windows (10/8.1/8/)

  • Go to settings, then “Apps
  • A list of Applications installed on your computer will be loaded, select Discord from there
  • Click the “Uninstall” button
Uninstall Discord Windows


How to Reinstall Discord on Mac

  • Open the Finder app and select “Application
  • From the Applications, find Discord and Right click on it, then select “Move to Bin
  • Right click on the Trash and select “Empty Trash” (Or “Empty Bin“)
Delete Discord Mac


That is it. I think now your problem on the Discord update failed loop is solved. Which solution worked for you? A comment would be appreciated.

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Is Discord stuck on ‘RTC connecting’? I know it is frustrating to just look at the screen seeing this kind of error when you want to play games with your friends.

Don’t worry, you are not alone there. There are a lot of people who are already complaining about this issue.

But the good news is that it can be fixed! And, in this guide, you will know how to solve the ‘RTC connecting error’ on Discord.

Let’s get started!

How to fix Discord stuck on ‘RTC connecting’

What is ‘RTC Connecting’?

Discord uses the Real-Time Chat protocol (or WebRTC) to establish a voice connection. RTC connecting means Discord is starting voice communication through the WebRTC protocol.

Thus, stuck on ‘RTC Connecting’ means Discord can’t establish a voice connection and failed to start communication through WebRTC protocol.

This issue can be caused by two ends. From your end, or from their end (Discord servers).

You only can fix issues on your end which I am going to help you with in a second. If there is something wrong with Discord servers, you can’t do anything but wait until they get that fixed.

The question now is, how you can check if the problem is from your end? Well, there is a way to do that.

Check for any Discord Server Outages

You can visit Discord server status to check for any error and make sure the issue is not on their end.

If you see any error that means you have to wait until they fix the issue on their servers.

If nothing is wrong with the servers, let’s see how to solve ‘RTC connecting’ error on your end.

Perform a “RTC test” to verify if everything is Okay

RTC test will tell you if there is something wrong with the hardware (Microphone/Webcam, etc.) or with the network.

So without going for solutions, I highly recommend that you to do an ‘RTC test’ to check if everything is OK on the hardware level.

Head over to Web RTC troubleshooter the click the Start button to start the test. If the results are okay, then go for the solutions below.

If there is something wrong with the Microphone/Webcam, this means that you need to check for solutions to address this issue.

However, you don’t worry if you get errors in other tests (Network/Connectivity, etc.) because we are going to solve them now.

Solution 01: Restart your router/MODEM

Before you go for further solutions, I would suggest that you restart your router because a lot of users have reported that restarting the router has fixed their problem with Discord stuck on ‘RTC connecting’.

Restart the router/modem and open Discord again to see whether the problem is fixed or not. After this, go for the other solutions suggested below.

Solution 02: Change the voice region on Discord

If you are the admin of the server, try to change the Voice region in the Voice channel settings or you can ask the admin to change it.

Here is how to do that if you are the admin of the server:

  1. While you are in your server, click the Edit channel button next to the voice channel you want to connect with;
  2. In the overview, scroll down and you will see an option called “Region Override“;
  3. From the drop-down list, select a region that is closet to you; and
  4. Try to re-connect and see if the problem is solved

Solution 03: Disable quality of service high packet priority

If you have already enabled this feature, disable it first and try to restart Discord to see if the ‘RTC connecting’ issue is fixed.

To do that:

  1. Go to Discord home, then go to user settings. It is located on bottom left corner;
  2. In user settings, go to Voice & Video;
  3. Then scroll down until you find the ” Enable quality of service high packet priority“; and
  4. Disable it

Solution 04: Change the audio subsystem to ‘Legacy’

There are two types of audio subsystems in Discord.

  • Standard
  • Legacy (Old)
  • Experiamental

Discord comes with the Standard audio subsystem by default but it does not work with all devices; therefore, change the audio subsystem to Legacy to see whether the problem is fixed or not.

  1. Open Discord
  2. Go to ‘User settings‘ and then ‘Voice & Video
  3. Scroll down untill you find ‘Audio Subsystem
  4. Change it to ‘Legacy
  5. Then restart Discord

Solution 05: Whitelist Discord from Antivirus/Firewall

Discord is stuck on ‘RTC connecting’ maybe because it is blocked by the Windows firewall or by a 3rd party Antivirus software.

In this case, the best thing to check this is by whitelisting Discord from the firewall and also from the antivirus software (if you have installed it).

Let’s see how to do that.

Whitelist Discord from Windows Firewall

  1. In the search bar, type “firewall
  2. From the search results, click on “Allow an app through Windows firewall
  3. It will open up allowed apps window, click “Change settings” button
  4. From the list allow Discord to use both private and public networks

If Discord is not listed there, you can add it. Here is how to do that:

  1. In the same window, click the “Allow another app” button
  2. Select Discord from its installation path (can’t find it? right click on Discord shortcut and click on “open file location” to get the installation path)
Whitelist Discord from Windows firewall (7/8/8.1/10/11)

Whitelist Discord from Antivirus Software’s Firewall

Since there are many existing Antivirus software, I cannot tell the exact process on how to whitelist Discord from them. Instead, I will provide some links that you could go to to do it.

Whitelist in Avast Antivirus
Whitelist in Kaspersky Antivirus
Whitelist in Bitdefender Antivirus
Whitelist in Mcafee Antivirus

Solution 06: Check your VPN (if you are using one)

Discord only works on VPNs that have UDP protocol support. Therefore, if you are using a VPN, make sure you are connected to a server where UDP is supported.

To change the protocol, go to your VPN’s settings, and from there you will see an option to choose between UDP and/or TCP. Here is mine (I used Namecheap VPN).

If you don’t know if the VPN you are using supports UDP, just reach their customer support. They will guide you to change the protocol to UDP or you can just switch to another VPN.

Solution 07: Clear DNS cache

DNS cache is used to store DNS information and it will make the computer use the old DNS addresses.

With this in mind, you can clear them to force the computer to find New DNS addresses to get rid of ‘Discord stuck on connecting’ with their servers. Here is how to do that:

  1. Open CMD as administrator (Search CMD, right click on it and select Run as administrator)
  2. Type “ipconfig /flushdns” in CMD and press the Enter button
ipconfig /flushdns
Clear DNS using CMD

That’s it! Now, restart your computer and open Discord again to see whether the ‘RTC connecting’ problem is fixed or not.

Solution 08: Delete Discord’s temporary (cached) files

Just like deleting the DNS cache, deleting temporary files of Discord will create them again and will fix the stuck on connecting to voice channels. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Close Discord if it is open (Also, end the process from the taskbar if it is there)
  2. Press Windows button + R to open Run dialog box
  3. Type “%temp%” and press Enter button to open temporary folder
  4. Press Shift + Delete to remove everything inside the temporary folder (permanently)
  5. Restart Discord

Solution 09: Check the Date and Time

This may sound silly but trust me I have seen this in forums. Having the wrong Date/Time can cause various issues such as being unable to connect to the internet, ‘can’t update Windows’, etc.

And, Discord stuck on connecting to its server is one of those issues so set your computer’s Date and Time to automatic to get rid of the problem easily or even to avoid it.

Don’t know how to do that? Follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Windows settings, then Time & Language
  2. Enable “Set time automatically
  3. Enable “Set zone automatically
  4. Give your computer a restart

Solution 10: Disable Proxy settings

Enabling this setting makes every data go through a proxy. Since Discord is using UDP, if this is enabled, you have to disable it and restart Discord.

  1. Open run dialog box again (Windows key + R)
  2. Type “inetcpl.cpl“and press the Enter button to open internet properties
  3. From the Window, go to the “connection” tab
  4. Select your connection and Click on “LAN settings
  5. Select “Automatically detect settings
  6. Uncheck the box “Use a proxy server for your LAN
  7. Click OK to save Settings
  8. Restart Discord

Solution 11: Set DNS addresses

You can set DNS addresses for your connection to solve any DNS issues. It will fix the issue if that is the case.

  1. Open Run dialog box again (Windows key + R)
  2. Type “ncpa.cpl” and press the Enter button. It will open up connections your computer use
  3. In there, right-click on the connection you use, then select properties
  4. In the properties Window, select”Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and click on “properties
  5. Select “Use the following DNS Server addresses

Then type these two addresses in the boxes:

  • Preffered DNS address:
  • Alternate DNS Address:

Click the OK button and restart Discord.

Solution 12: Disconnect from Work or School network

If discord is stuck on connecting while you are connected to your Work/School network, the issue might be the school/work connection.

It is because Discord is blocked in most of the School/Work networks so this could be the issue why you can’t connect with Discord voice servers.

Therefore, disconnect from your Work/School network and use another public connection or mobile data to get rid of this problem.

Solution 13: Reinstall Discord

If nothing listed above worked, then the only solution you have left is uninstalling and re-installing Discord.

This will reset its settings/cache data so you will be able to connect with voice channels in Discord as usual.

1 – Uninstall Discord

  1. Open Settings, then go to Apps
  2. Search for Discord
  3. Click the Uninstall button

2 – Reinstall Discord

  1. Download Discord from here
  2. Install it as you installed it before
  3. Now login and try to connect with voice channels

Have any questions? Got your problem solved? Your comments would be highly appreciated! Don’t forget to share this article with your friends who have experienced the same issue.

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Deleting files by mistake or by some other unintentional ways is something that usually happens to all of us. I, myself, have also dealt with the same unpleasant experience whenever I use computers.

Recovering files is not the same as deleting them; and, the thing is, some files may never be recovered at all. Accidentally deleted files cause headache especially if those files are of high importance, need to be submitted urgently, or works that we have spent most of our days and nights. Whatever reason it is, the more that we need not to fail to recover them. Don’t lose hope cause the chance of retrieving a newly deleted file is very high! This article will help you.

To recover deleted files in Windows 10 Here, I used a free software. You can go along with me and follow every step given below to recover deleted files in your windows 10 PC.

Recover Deleted Files In Windows 10 Using Recuva (Free Version)

Recuva is a free software and there is also a pro version of it. But, its free version has everything you need. What you loose when use it for free are Virtual hard drive support, Automatic updates and Premium support. The decision is yours if ever you want to purchase it to get all the features of Recuva Pro.

Download Recuva from here

Install Recuva & Open it

To recover deleted files from your Windows 10 PC, first you need to install Recuva. You can install Recuva in two different ways.

  1. Quick install
  2. Custom install

Custom Install

You can go with the custom install if you want to stop creating desktop shortcuts, start menu entries etc.. After selecting the options click on “Install“.

Once installed, uncheck the box “View Release notes” and then click on “Run Recuva“.

In the first initiation, Recuva wizard will be opened. Using the wizard, you can choose which file types you want to recover and where to scan. Do not close it and continue with the wizard by clicking the “Next” button.

Choose the file type to search

If you want to recover a specific file from your Windows 10 PC, you can select it here. Selecting a file type can reduce the scan time a lot. But, if you want to recover multiple files such as photos, videos, etc., select the “all files” option and click on Next button to go to the next step.

Select file location

You can select the location where the file was deleted; you can also save a lot of time if you remember the exact disk or path where the file was. However, you can select the “I am not sure” option so Recuva will scan everywhere in your hard drive to recover the selected file/s in the previous step. Once choose, click on Next button.

Deep scan

Make sure to enable this to get better results. Deep scan will scan every file that has been deleted from your computer. Take note that this will take much longer time than a normal scanning process; hence, the need to prepare yourself to keep your computer turned on until the scan is finish is very vital in this.

Since deep scan take longer time (maybe more than an hour), you can go first with the normal scan, and if you did find nothing, you can perform a deep scan.

Wait until the scan finish

If you did the above-mentioned steps correctly, then the scan should perform well and now you only have to wait until it gets completed. As mentioned earlier, keep the computer turned on.

Depending on the scan method and options you choose, it will take approximately 1 minute-3 hours to complete the scan. Recuva doesn’t use much computer resources so you can do other works on your computer without encountering any problem.

After completing the scan

Once the scan is completed, search result windows will appear. In case you get any error like this, do not panic. You can learn why this error occur from here . Until then, just ignore the error for now and let’s focus on the scan results you get.

Understand Recuva Scan Results

Based on the scan results, you can see that the files with some weird file names are labeled with different colors (status). Let us first identify what each of these colors mean.

  • Green Color : Excellent condition – Recoverable
  • Orange Color : Poor/Very poor condition – Recoverable
  • Red Color : Unrecoverable (you can recover the file but it may not in usable condition)

These status are not 100% accurate. But, we can get an idea based on these colors whether a file has the chance to be recovered or none at all. In short, these colors indicate how many times the file has been overwritten by another file. Take a look at the data given below:

  • Green color – No overwrites
  • Orange color – Some overwrites
  • Red color – Too much overwrites

Therefore, the higher the overwrites, the less chance it is usable.

In addition, you can see more details about the file as:

  • Path : Where was the file when it got deleted
  • Last modified : The date that the file was lastly modified (very useful when finding files)
  • Size : Size of the file (useful to find large files [Zip, Video])
  • State : Recoverable state of a file
  • Comment : Whether the file is overwritten or not

The reason to explain this is that you can sort-out the scan result using these (You just need to click on one of these tabs). It will be very easy for you to recover your deleted files.

Let’s get started and recover deleted files in your Windows 10 PC!

Recover deleted files in Windows 10 from the scan results

You can recover files while you’re on the basic mode, but let’s switch to advanced mode so you can recover specific file types using the search box.

How to Sort-Out Search Results to Get Files Quickly

Once you are in the advanced mode, you can easily find the file/s you want by sorting the results. Here is how:

01 – A search box will be available on the top-right of the window and from there, you can search your files through their names. However, I recommend you to select the file type of the file that you want to recover from the dropdown list you want to recover it from because the file name might have been changed after the deletion.

02 – If you remember the location of the file before it was deleted, then you can use this drop down list and select the disk. It will narrow down the search results so you can easily find it.

03 – You can use these columns to further sort-out the scan results (by file size, by its status).

04 – You can see a preview of some files(Images) once you click on the file.

How to Restore a File From the Search Results

You can select a single file or multiple files to restore.

To select multiple files, check the small box on the left portion of the file name (pointed using a red arrow). Once you selected all the files, right click and select “recover checked”. Or click on the “Recover” button on the bottom right corner (pointed using a blue arrow)

To restore a single file, just simply select the file, right click, then select “recover highlighted”. Or click on the “Recover” button on the bottom right corner (pointed using a blue arrow)

Afterwards, a windows will open and will ask where to store the recovered files. In this case, avoid restoring files to the same disk. Then click on the “OK” button.

A small confirmation windows will open once the restoration is done. Now, you can check the recovered files.

To sum it up, the chance of successfully recovering a file varies depending on the situation. If the file is really damaged, then you don’t stand the slightest chance of getting it back even you use the best recovery software. But for some cases, using a better program would be able to recover that file.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I recover any deleted file in Windows 10 using this software?

You can recover any file type using this software. You can easily find the file you want to recover from the search bar in the advanced mode once the results appear.

Is it safe to use data recovery software?

When using a reputed software like Recuva, your data and hardware are safe. Make sure your hard drive is not corrupted because recovering data from a corrupted hard drive may cause issues. If you want some more info, simply leave a comment below.

Related Article: 4 Ways to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

Last Updated: 2021-07-03

“Microsoft Edge” is the default web browser that comes with Windows 10 & it has been evolved over time with many features.

However, many users are already used to other web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc..). So you might be one of them!

So in this guide, I will tell you HOW TO;

  1. Uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 10 in 4 different ways.
  2. Prevent Microsoft Edge from launching
  3. Prevent Microsoft Edge from installing again

Go ahead and follow the method that is most suitable for your Windows 10 version.

How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 10 (for Windows version below 1903)

If you are using Windows 10 1903 update. Then it is easy to remove Microsoft Edge from your computer. This is what you need to do:

  1. Click on start, then click on settings
  2. Go to apps 
  3. Select Microsoft Edge
  4. Click on uninstall to remove Microsoft Edge completely

If the uninstall button is greyed out. That means you are using an updated version of Windows 10 and it has disabled the option to remove Microsoft Edge.

Therefore, you will need another method to get rid of Microsoft Edge. Which I have already given below (Lucky you!).

How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge if the Uninstall Button is Greyed Out

Microsoft edge's uninstall button is greyed out

Even though Windows updates have made the uninstall button greyed out for Microsoft Edge, there are other methods to remove the Microsoft Edge web browser completely from your PC. 

Method 1Uninstall Microsoft Edge using Windows Command Prompt

Just by executing 2 commands, you can get rid of Microsoft Edge completely. Here is what you need to do:

01 – Search for “CMD” in the Search Bar

02 – Right-click on the Command Prompt and click on “Run As Administrator”


03 – Copy the following command:

Copy “cd %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Microsoft\Edge\Application\8*\Installer” and paste it inside the command prompt. Then Press Enter.

Note: If any error appeared after executing this command, replace8*” with “9*

first command

04. Copy the following command 2:

Again, copy “setup –uninstall –force-uninstall –system-level” and paste in the CMD. Then press the Enter button. 


Now you can restart your PC to make sure Microsoft Edge is uninstalled completely.

Method 02 — Uninstall Edge using Windows PowerShell

If method 01 did not work, Don’t worry. You can use Windows PowerShell to uninstall Microsoft Edge completely from your Computer. Here is what you need to do:

01 – Use Windows Search and Open PowerShell as Administrator.

open power shell

02 – Copy the following command to PowerShell:

Note: Before doing anything inside the PowerShell, you have to maximize the window.

CopyGet-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullNameand then paste inside the PowershellThen press Enter.

powershell commandThe above code opens a list of packages installed on your computer (See the image below).

package list in powershell

03 – Find “Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge” from the List.

From the left side of the list, find “Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge“. Then copy the full package name from the right side next to it.

Since you have to copy another value in the next step, it will be easier if you open the Notepad and paste the full package name you found.

Note: If it is difficult to find the name “Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge”, then right-click on the top border, click on “edit” and then “find“. Then paste the name in the text box and click on “find next” to find the name easily. 


04. Copy the Following Command 2:

Now it is time to remove Microsoft Edge from your computer. You can do this in two ways.

01 – Uninstall Microsoft Edge only from the current user account that you are logged in;

Copy “Get-AppxPackage ValueName | Remove-AppxPackageand replace the “valueName” with the value (full package name) you copied from the list. Then paste the code inside the PowerShell and press Enter.

02 – Uninstall Microsoft Edge from every user account;

CopyGet-AppxPackage -allusers ValueName | Remove-AppxPackage“and replace the “valueName” with the value (full package name) you copied from the list. Then paste the code inside the PowerShell and press Enter.


Restart your computer to make sure Microsoft Edge is uninstalled from your PC.

Method 03: Uninstall Microsoft edge using a 3rd party uninstaller

If none of the methods mentioned above worked, you will have to use a 3rd party uninstaller will uninstall Microsoft Edge from your computer.

There are so many uninstaller applications. To make things easier I recommend you use the IObit uninstaller. Its free version is enough to remove Microsoft Edge from your computer.

Here are the steps you have to follow:

  1. Download and install IObit Uninstaller from here.
  2. Open IObit Uninstaller and from the left menu, select programs
  3. From the category, select All programs
  4. Select Microsoft Edge and click the uninstall button

All of the steps are shown below using images

select microsoft edge

uninstall microsoft edge

How to stop Microsoft Edge from launching

If you don’t mind having Microsoft Edge on your computer. You just can disable Microsoft edge from launching. To do that, you can do one of these methods that are explained below.

Method 1 — Change the default browser app

This is the easiest way to disable Microsoft edge from launching. And the benefit of it is you can change it back whenever you want.

01. In the search bar, type “Default Apps”


02. Then from the results, open default apps


03. Scroll down and select Web Browser. You will see that currently, Edge is the default browser

04. Click on edge and change it to any other browser that you have installed.


However, Edge can still be opened by some programs and from its installed folder.

So if you want to force it to never launch again. Either you can remove Microsoft Edge from the given methods above or just follow method 2 that is given here.

Method 2 — By renaming the folder and .exe file

Renaming Edge’s installation folder and its exe file, windows won’t find it again so it will disable Microsoft edge from launching.

01. Go to C drive and go to windows  >  SystemApps(or WindowsApps)

02. Scroll down and find the folder starts with the name 


03. Right-click on it and click on rename.

04. Then add any letter/symbol next to its name 

 (EX: Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe#)

05. Also you can rename MicrosoftEdge.exe and MicrosoftPdfReader.exe files if you want (but only renaming its folder will be enough)


How to Prevent Microsoft Edge from Installing Again

Once you have removed the Microsoft Edge browser, I can’t say that it won’t install again

Even though you disabled Microsoft edge, I cannot guarantee that. Because whenever you run Windows update, there is a chance that it will be automatically installed again on your computer.

So you have to disable windows updates to prevent that from happening. Isn’t that so? No! We never recommend you to disable windows updates. Because there is a better way to do that

How to block Microsoft Edge from Windows update

To disable Microsoft edge from installing again through windows update. You can use the Microsoft blocker toolkit.

Follow the instructions to disable Microsoft edge from installing again on your Windows 10.

01. Download Microsoft blocker toolkit from Microsoft website

02. Open and extract files to a folder.


03. Once you extracted all the files open the command prompt (Run as administrator)

04. Copy the command below:

cd c:\file_path and paste it in CMD. Then rename “file path” with your extracted folder path


05. Copy and paste this piece of command to block Edge from installing again.

EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd /b


That’s it. I think now your problem is solved.

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