How to remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 10

Want to remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 10? We show you how to get the job done so that you can surf the net using the browser of your choosing

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If you've been trying to figure out how to remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 10, rest assured, you're not alone. While it's a fairly decent browser, and by far the best one we've seen being shipped with Windows 10, it's not for everyone. If you're one of the many wanting to remove it, we have everything you need to know right here in this guide.

Microsoft began rolling out its Chromium version of Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 a few years ago and while it's a massive improvement over the legacy version that came when Windows 10 first launched, one thing about it is problematic. Because Microsoft Edge is installed automatically, there's no option for un-installing it or reverting back to the legacy version. 

If you're using one of the best Windows laptops or best computers, there are certainly plenty of benefits to be had by using Microsoft Edge. It's speed is competitive, the integration with Windows 10 is smooth, the privacy controls are simple and the immersive reader feature lets you read content without all the usual advertising clutter.

Microsoft Edge is without a doubt one of the best web browsers that available, but it has stiff competition with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox being top of the list for many users. So, while Microsoft makes a hard push for it – to the point that Windows will remind you that Edge is apparently better if you dare set a different default browser, many folks are still going stick to what they’re used to.

If you're firmly in that camp, then you'll find our tips below super handy when it comes to helping you to remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 11. Granted, it's not the easiest application to get rid of, but it's definitely doable! Here's how...

How to remove Microsoft Edge Beta, Dev and Canary channels from Windows 10

There is actually one easy way to remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 10 assuming you’re using the Beta, Dev or Canary channel builds. None of these are shipped with Windows 10, you will have had to download it specifically from Microsoft, so if this doesn’t sound like you then you can hit the next section. 

If you did install one of those builds, you can remove it by first opening up the ‘Settings’ app on your Windows 10 PC. Next, click on ‘Apps’ and then find the version of Microsoft Edge in the apps list. 

Select it and click the ‘Uninstall’ button and it will be removed from your PC. What this method won’t do is to remove the default version that is pre-installed on Windows 10.

How to remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 10

To remove the default Microsoft Edge browser from Windows 10 you need to get a little more technical. It’s still really simple to achieve, though, assuming you’re comfortable using a terminal for a few moments.

Remove Microsoft Edge with Command Prompt

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1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator

You first need to open ‘Command Prompt’ on your PC as Administrator. If it’s not in the right-click on your Start Menu, you’ll find it in the ‘Windows System’ app folder. 

To open as administrator simply right-click on it and then select ‘Run as administrator’. You do need to be in Command Prompt for this, Windows PowerShell or PowerShell 7 doesn’t seem to work.

2. Remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 10

Removing Microsoft Edge in Command Prompt is a two-step process. First, you need to navigate to the correct folder using this command: 

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

When entering it, substitute ‘xx’ for the current version number of Microsoft Edge installed on your PC. You can find that information in the ‘About’ section of Edge’s settings. 

Your Command Prompt will now change to show that you’re in the folder you navigated to above. Now, enter this command:

setup --uninstall --force-uninstall --system-level

There’s no restart involved, Microsoft Edge will now be removed from your system. You may still see it in the Start Menu, but it won’t open anything and the annoying ‘Restore recommended’ for web browsing in the Settings app will have gone.

Registry Editor

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3. How to stop Microsoft Edge reinstalling automatically

Figuring out how to remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 10 is only half the battle, if you don’t stop it from being reinstalled automatically, then you might well find it has snuck back in during future updates. For most people, editing the Registry is the easiest way to do this, but touching it always comes with a warning. Making changes to the Registry always carries risk and should be done carefully. 

Click the ‘Search’ button on the desktop and look for ‘Registry Editor’. Open this up and navigate to the following location. You can copy and paste this into the Registry Editor address bar.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft

Right-click on the ‘Microsoft’ folder and select ‘New’, then ‘Key’. Name the key ‘EdgeUpdate’ and then right-click on it. Select ‘New’ then ‘DWORD (32-bit) Value’ and call this ‘DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium’. 

Once created, double-click to open the key and change its value to ‘1’. Click ‘OK’ and it’s safe to close the Registry Editor. Microsoft Edge now should not automatically return on your PC.

What to do if future Windows updates fail

Some of the more recent Windows updates have seen issues with installations failing on machines that have removed Microsoft Edge. Fortunately, if you run into this issue there's an easy fix. 

Navigate into your 'Program files (x86)' folder on your C: drive and locate the 'Microsoft' folder within. Open this up and delete any folders relating to Microsoft Edge. 

Now you can try and install your Windows update again and it should complete without issue. If you follow the steps above, too, Microsoft Edge won't be reinstalled with it. 

Summary

Microsoft might well want you to keep using Microsoft Edge but however good it might be you’re perfectly within your rights to use something else. And having Edge pushed on you can get tiresome. 

Figuring out how to remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 10 isn’t straightforward, neither is making sure it doesn’t come back, but it’s also not difficult to accomplish. And if you ever have a change of heart, you can always get it back again.