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How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge Browser from Windows 10

Internet Explorer has been the default browser on Microsoft Windows ever since we could remember, but the browser was a nightmare for not being updated, for being slow and for being a nightmare for developers to work on.

It gained a lot of negative reputation especially since Google Chrome came out. Microsoft started working with proper dedication to improve Internet Explorer and honestly, Internet Explorer 9 was a good update but it still lagged behind the most modern browsers. Microsoft’s desperation to get people to use Internet Explorer was seen in the small advertisement that you can watch below.

Microsoft changed many things with Windows 10 and they also introduced a whole new web browser to win people’s views and I think they did a pretty good job at it. The browser was being developed as Project Spartan but later it was officially announced with a name Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge is a pretty good browser and it can easily be compared to the levels of some great browsers in the field already. Here is a great chart from Anandtech that shows you the performance metrics of Microsoft Edge browser.

But I guess you want to uninstall Microsoft Edge due to some reasons (why..?) so here is a way to do so.

Uninstall Microsoft Edge Browser from Windows 10

Keep in mind that default and preloaded apps cannot be installed normally on Windows 10, but there is another way that you can do so. The guys at Winaero.com have made it a script that you can use to uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 10.

The procedure is listed below and all you need to do is run the script and rest of the stuff will automatically be done by the script.

But seriously, I am curious to know why you want to uninstall Microsoft Edge so please leave your responses in the comments section below. Anyway, the procedure to complete the task is given below.

  • Go ahead and download this ZIP file and extract it at a place you can access easily.
  • Extract it at a place to access it easily. I am going to extract it at my desktop.
  • You will notice that there are two files named Uninstall Edge.cmd and Install_wim_tweak.
  • Right click on the Uninstall Edge.cmd file and choose Run as administrator.
  • Choose YES if a prompt comes up.

  • You will be notified by Windows SmartScreen that the app or program is not from a certified publisher.
  • Just click on More info and choose Run Anyway.
  • You will notice that a Command Prompt window will pop up and the script will start working.
  • Just wait unless you see a message that reads “Microsoft Edge should be uninstalled. Please reboot Windows 10″.

Microsoft Edge should be removed from your PC now. Just restart your PC and you can check that it is gone. Keep in mind that Edge is a core app of Windows and many programs are bound with it. There might be some glitches on Windows 10 after you remove it.

Also, Internet Explorer is also present on Windows 10 so you won’t be left without a browser.

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  • Hadley Zedras

    My issues with Edge starts from the top….the search bar, it doesnt work and always throws hhhmmm we cant seem to find that ! therefore a good enough reason in my opinion to get rid of it.

  • HeadPack

    Why not uninstall Edge after it has served its purpose? That of course being to download a proper browser. Once Chrome, Firefox or Opera and extensions are installed there is no reason to open Edge again.

  • Sander

    Is it also possible to re-install Microsoft Edge, once this script has been run?

    Thank you in advance,

  • Yes you can download the browser from Microsoft site and install it again

  • RedMartian

    … because: microsoft

  • I want to uninstall edge because I’ve already got a superior browser called Pale Moon installed. Edge’s presence is unnecessary and redundant. It is a waste of space and of processing power.

    Edge is an improvement upon IE, but that says nothing, because IE is shit. Edge is just polished shit.

  • I don’t suppose you have anything to fix Cortana as well, do you?

  • Roscoe

    spell checker locks up when posting on blog sites

  • Debbie Thomas

    I have a question I hope doesn’t sound to stupid….I upgraded to win 10 with it came edge..the whole thing is useless to me as I don’t have a microphone or smart phone or anything that needs all those apps..went back to 7 but have no sec or auth code, blah blah,, was going to go back to 10 however what do I do with the int, explorer that sits there,,,can it be deleted without screwing up my system? and what is a better browser than edge or ie…sorry its a long question,,,,but thanks for your help

  • Sally

    AVG keeps finding a medium threat. I have never used Edge.

  • yes you can remove the internet explorer, and some of the best browsers are : google chrome, mozilla firefox.

  • Cathrine Hubbs

    can I uninstall edge without installing wim_tweak?

  • I Smith

    where do we start? is rubbish because
    printing is problematic (it wouldn’t print at all until the latest update from MS)
    it is slow…. no different from IE (both are slower than FF)
    it is clunky, open more than about 6 tabs and it just stops (and this on a PC with 16gb of ram and a i5 Intel processor)
    it chews up disk space .. far more than IE and Firefox
    (plus you CANNOT move the cache location…. ggrrrr!)
    it does NOT remember your settings (set it to re-open previous pages when you start up again..nope doesn’t work)
    PC re-starts means you start the page MS want you to… and no amount of fiddling will make this default page go away
    it can’t ‘read’ PDF files natively (it gives an error if you try)
    the placement of Favourites, Home, settings is illogical and seems to be a change for change sake
    it is NOT backward compatible with some of the sites I visit (you get ‘blank’ spaces on a page)
    it doesn’t work with FLASH (although that is not big deal)

    I have been running Edge since the update to Win10… along with FF and IE11 and
    EDGE is just no advance on those 2 (I have not compared it against Chrome because I will not use that.. I hate it with a passion Chrome is just awful !)

    so EDGE has to go!

  • Nope. Unfortunately you can not download Edge from Microsoft. When you have uninstalled it using install_wim_tweak, it’s irreversibly gone (yes, i tried).
    Maybe there’s a method using install_wim_tweak to reinstall it? I don’t know about that.

  • Sawoy

    I’m uninstalling because after an update I can’t change back to chrome after the update automatically reset it back to Edge (non of the other apps reset). Im now stuck with Edge whenever I open link from apps. Can’t stand Edge. Hate it.

  • SageLady

    a scam has frozen the program..

  • Yukino Takada

    one of the reason I hate windows,now BEGONE!

  • Jrush

    Resource hog ! It is almost unusable on my pc, I cannot post on forums, or live on youtube and other chat type social media. Edge might be good, but you need a supercomputer to run the damn thing.

  • Angus Pug

    Whenever I try to open a pdf, edge opens and crashes my computer. My college aged kids use Macs and they work so much better. wifi access is seamless. Plus they automatically ink to our phones. My next computer will be a Mac. I’m so done with Microsoft

  • Dahlia15

    I am uninstalling because it is invasive. I did not want it. Now for some reason, perhaps a virus, my computer defaults to Microsoft Edge and Bing. I do not want to use these as my default and did not set my computer up that way. It is nauseating to think that Microsoft can infiltrate my computer without my permission or knowledge. That is why I want if OFF my computer! I need to be asked if I want it and give my permission!!!!!!!!