How to Remove Microsoft Edge From Windows 10 [Solved]

By Sophie Luo in Technical Tips Tags: Edge

As the successor to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 surely inheres some annoying features to the point when you want it completely out of your sight. You probably have the time when you’re unable to open your Microsoft Edge browser

In some cases, you may find it pop up even though you’ve set a different web browser as your default one. Annoying, right? 

Even though Microsoft makes the Edge one of its core components, you can still do something to disable it or uninstall it as you do with other pre-install apps. 

Removing Microsoft Edge could lead to stability issues. We always recommend that you change your default browser settings instead of uninstalling it if it’s not too unbearable. If you insist on removing it, you’re at your own peril.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and S at the same time, type powershell and click Windows PowerShell

2) In the pop-up blue window, type in the following command: 

get-appxpackage *edge*

When you are sure that you have made no typo, hit the Enter button on your keyboard. 

3) You’ll be able to see the detail location of your Microsoft Edge. 

4) Type “remove-appxpackage” in the Powershell window. Hit the Space button on your keyboard. Then copy the address next to the item PackageFullName and paste it after the command you just typed in. You can check the screenshot if you are not sure about it. 

5) There you go. Your Edge browser should be removed now. 

  • pras92

    Just rename the Edge parent folder at “C:WindowsSystemAppsMicrosoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe”.

    I simple added a prefix “[Disable Edge]”, so that I’ll know how to re-enable it in the future.

    • Critic4U ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      That worked for me, Thanks 🙂

  • William Karlsson

    PS C:WINDOWSsystem32> remove-appxpackage Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    remove-appxpackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFA, Removal failed. Please contact your software vendor.
    (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80073CFA)
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 8caf819c-a5b0-0002-b839-c58cb0a5d301 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 8caf819c-a5b0-0002-b839-c58cb0a5d301
    At line:1 char:1
    + remove-appxpackage Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], IOExcep
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.RemoveAppxPackageCommand

  • Mitzi

    took me two months to figure out that after a big download from Microsoft, each time edge comes up even if i do not ask for computer screen goes black and may take hours to get a picture back .

  • Mough_Dyver

    I always thought Windows “Search” was for files on my PC.I know how to find them basically without it.Edge is running in my background and using 20% of my network…and I’m a Chrome user by default.The only thing Edge is good for (for me) is getting into my router,and I know ….I can do that from Chrome,Opera…blah,blah.I have IE 11 disabled.But frikkin’ Edge WON’T stop.I cannot delete it.If it was there for convenience…that would be cool.But it’s not…convenient.Hello Microsoft ? Not all your newly streamlined software is for the masses.

  • After changing the owner of the Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge….. folder in WindowsSystemApps to administrators (properties/security/advanced); I could uninstall it using ‘Apps & Features’.

    • Mough_Dyver

      That worked…thank you.And I should know better ( changing ownership by now…I think that started in Windows 7).I changed ownership…right clicked and deleted administratively.All gone.

      • Branden Poehlmann

        i kno nothing about computers, could you make a video, (i cant find out how to change ownership)

  • alex33

    Removal failed. Please contact your software vendor
    time to install LINUX
    ffffffff microsoft

  • Mr. Doge

    didn’t work

  • Carl Adrian Barcelo

    Didn’t work. Windows wouldn’t let you. “removal failed”

  • Bob S.

    I made Google Chrome my default browser and it usually works fine. However, whenever I use the search box or Cortana it opens up Microsoft Edge even though Google Chrome is the default browser and is open and active when I use the search box. Any suggestions about totally eliminating Microsoft edge without actually uninstalling it?

    • Onehitta_Qwitta

      I’m curious what happens to the Windows Search box after Edge gets removed. I hate Bing with such a passion, and I’d like to remove it from the OS that I paid for…but without breaking stuff!!!!

      • mythicgeek

        You can use a combination of Bing Ban and Edge Deflector to let Cortana search in Google Chrome instead. Works beautifully for me!

        • Onehitta_Qwitta

          Nice, thanks for the tip!

      • pras92

        With Edge disabled, Cortana doesn’t pop open any browser. It only displays Bing results within the start menu, which is even better for me.

  • Scott Gentili

    Seems like Microfilth found a way to prevent changing the attributes of the folders and files to disable Edge. Gross.

    • Doubinka Lovestorun