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How To Uninstall Microsoft Edge [All Methods]

The guide talks about workarounds that you can use to disable Microsoft Edge in Windows since uninstallation is not possible.

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You might want to uninstall Microsoft Edge from your system if you use other browsers and it takes up unnecessary disk space. Unfortunately, the option to uninstall the Edge browser completely no longer exists. However, worry not because you can still disable the browser using different ways.

Key Takeaways
  • The latest Windows version does not let users uninstall Microsoft Edge since it is the default Windows browser.
  • You can disable it from the Settings or restrict its functioning by deleting the Microsoft folder in Windows.
  • Be careful while tackling the registry, and do not mess with unwanted settings since they can affect Windows’s operation.

Method Difficulty Rating

Windows Settings
Rated: 1/10

From Folder
Rated: 2/10

Prevent Reinstall/Update
Rated: 4/10

WARNING: Microsoft no longer allows users to uninstall Microsoft Edge. Instead, you can disable it in the following ways.

From System Settings

Windows 11 lets you configure apps to restart when you sign in to the PC if they were running before the shutdown. For example, if I have enabled the feature for Edge and was using the browser before signing out of the computer, it will automatically restart when I log back into the computer to pick up where I left off.

Therefore, if this setting is bothersome and you do not want to see Edge on your screen, disable the feature using this technique, as also prompted on Microsoft Support.

  1. Access Apps: Head to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in Options.
  2. Uninstall Edge: Disable the toggle Automatically Save My Restartable Apps When I Sign Out And Restart Them When I Sign In.
    Restartable Apps
    Disable Restartable Apps (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Uninstall From Its Folder

Again, this method will prevent apps from using Microsoft Edge rather than wiping off the browser from the computer. All I did was navigate to the C drive and remove the Microsoft Edge files.

The only drawback I found for this method is that rollback from this point is pretty impossible unless you install a fresh copy of Windows. Here is what you need to do.

  1. Open Disk: Head over to the drive where Windows is installed. In most cases, it is Local Disk C.
  2. Launch Edge Properties: Open the Windows folder > SystemApps > Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_. > Right-click on it > Properties

    Microsoft Edge Folder
    Navigate To Microsoft Edge Folder (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Change Attributes: Go to General > Select Read Only in Attributes. 

    Select Read Only
    Select Read Only (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Delete Folder: Open the folder > Delete all the files ending with .exe. This will prevent Windows 11 and other applications from accessing Edge, shutting it down forever. 

Stopping Microsoft Edge From Reinstalling

Microsoft wants you to use Edge as your default browser, so there is a pretty good chance that Microsoft Edge might reappear the next time you update Windows, even if you somehow manage to delete it on your PC. If it is already present, the next Windows updates may also contain updates for Edge.

So, to avoid its reinstallation, resort to modifying the particular Key and DWORD value in the Windows Registry. It is a database consisting of information, settings, and services critical to the functioning of the operating system. Proceed with the following technique.

  1. Go To Registry: Launch Run box with Windows + R > Type regedit > OK > Yes.
  2. Enter Address: In Registry Editor, paste the following key into the Address Bar:
  3. Create New Key: Head to the Microsoft folder > Right-click it > New > Key.
    New Key
    Create A New Key (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Create DWORD Value: Name it EdgeUpdate > Right-click > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    New DWORD
    Create New DWORD (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  5. Alter Value: Name it DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium > Double-click on it > Change Value Data to 1 > OK. 
    Change Value
    Change Value To 1 (Image By Tech4Gamers)

It has worked for users across Windows 11 Forum to stop unnecessary Edge reinstallation.

Tip: To re-install Edge in the future, all you have to do is change the DWORD value back to 0.

Wrap Up

Removing the choice to uninstall Microsoft Edge has upset numerous Windows users. They are concerned that the browser consumes too much unnecessary background space, ultimately slowing down the computer.

After several complaints directly addressing the Microsoft Edge X handle and to meet the EU’s Digital Markets Act, the company has considered restoring the changes, as posted in Windows Insider Blogs, and allowing users to uninstall Edge. Note that only those living in regions within the European Union will get this option, while others will still be left out of the decision. The changes however are not put into effect as of February 2024.


Why Can’t I Uninstall Microsoft Edge Through Settings?

Microsoft does not allow users to uninstall Microsoft Edge. Thus, the option is greyed out in Settings.

Can I Disable Edge Updates?

Tweak the Registry settings to prevent Edge from reinstalling or updating with system updates.

Does Deleting Microsoft Folder Affect System Performance?

No, it will not affect the functioning of your system in any way.

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