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”

uninstall-microsoft-edge-using-cmd

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. 

uninstall-microsoft-edge-using-cmd

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. 

uninstall-microsoft-edge-using-powershell

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.

uninstall-microsoft-edge-using-powershell

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”

change-default-apps

02. Then from the results, open default apps

change-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.

change-default-apps

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 
“Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge”

rename-edge-folder

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)

rename-edge-folder

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.

block-edge-from-windows-update

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

block-edge-from-windows-update

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

EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd /b

block-edge-from-windows-update

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

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11 Comments

  1. Hi Andrew,

    I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for helping to get rid of that junkware called Microsoft edge from my computer. It was installed by force after I had removed it prior, then I realized that I couldn’t uninstall it until I found your blog and uninstalled it using CMD prompt. Thank you so much, you deserve more than a cup of coffee and a donut!

    • Hi Denis,

      Thanks for your comment 🙂 and I am so glad to help you. Also remember that whenever you install an update it can be installed again. If so, use the same method you used to uninstall Microsoft Edge again.

  2. Is it possible this fix is causing update KB5005565 to fail? I have no idea but I thought you might have a clue.

    • Andrew Reply

      No. There should be no issue with the updates since Edge doesn’t have any connection with the updates you recieve.

      I would suggest you to check the Microsoft community for such case.

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