How to Remove Microsoft Edge From Windows 10 [Solved]

Sophie Luo, in Technical Tips Tags: Edge

Microsoft Edge is the successor of Internet Explorer in Windows 10. But things aren’t always go as well as we think they would. You might have had 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 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. 

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

1. Disable Microsoft Edge (Recommended)

2. Remove Microsoft Edge

1. Disable Microsoft Edge (Recommended)

We highly recommend that you disable Microsoft Edge instead of uninstall it completely due to stability concerns. Basically, all we need to do is to rename some core files: 

1) Make sure that you’ve logged in as an administrator. 

2) Go to C:\Windows\SystemApps and look for a folder named Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

3) Right-click the folder name and select Properties

4) Click the Read-only (Only applies to files in folder) option two times to make sure that the box is ticked with a check mark instead of a black square. 

Then select Apply and OK to save the change and exit. 

5) Go back and double-click to open Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder. 

Select View from the top menu bar, and make sure that the box for File name extension is ticked. 

6) Locate MicrosoftEdge.exe and MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe and change their file names into MicrosoftEdge.old and MicrosoftEdgeCP.old respectively. 

This is a relatively safe way to disable your Edge browser. If you want Edge back some time in the future, just do the above steps all over again. 

2. Remove Microsoft Edge

Note that you are at your won peril if you insist on disabling Edge from your Windows 10. To do so: 

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and X at the same time. Then select Command Prompt (Admin)

When prompted with UAC message, select Yes to continue. 

2) Copy and paste the following command into the Command Prompt window, press the Enter key after the command: 

takeown /f C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

3) Now copy and paste the following command into the Command Prompt window and press the Enter key afterwards: 

icacls C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe /grant administrators:f

That’s it. 

If you encounter any problems along the way, feel free to leave us comment and we’ll see what more to do to help. 

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