How to Remove Microsoft Edge From Windows 10
Google Chrome-based Microsoft Edge is a new release by Microsoft as it seeks to become competitive in the browser market. Many users have lauded the latest browser for its simple interface, light memory footprint, security, and ease of use on smartphones. However, a significant number of Windows 10 users say that Microsoft Edge performance isn’t as fast, stable, or efficient as they expected and would be interested in ways to remove Microsoft Edge.
Note that Microsoft wants you to use this browser, making it difficult to remove it conveniently. If you avoid using it, you’ll see a ‘restore recommended’ warning as a way of making you use it. However, it’s still possible to disable or uninstall it. Below is a step-by-step guide on how you can remove the Microsoft Edge browser using various methods.
Removing Microsoft Edge Using PowerShell Utility
If you want to eliminate Microsoft Edge entirely, PowerShell may be the best option. However, note that it’s not a 100% guarantee that this method will work. In most cases, this method works for the older Microsoft Edge versions. You might also encounter some complications if you try using a system feature or an app that relies on Edge.
You can follow these steps:
- In the taskbar, search PowerShell, then select the appropriate item from the results list. Next, right-click on the PowerShell icon, then hit on ‘Run as Administrator.’ On the open PowerShell window, search for get-appxpackage to find all the installed system packages for Edge on your PC.
- To make it easier to read the list that will appear, you can divide strings of information by PackageFullName parameters. Ensure that you note down the PackageFullName value that represents the Microsoft Edge package. To remove the Edge package from your PC, type the command ‘remove appxpackage.’ Proceed to the next stage and type the PackageFullName value, then press ‘enter.’
Using Windows File Explorer to Disable Microsoft Edge
If you are still facing challenges removing Microsoft Edge from your PC, the Windows high-security system may be making it more difficult. Windows ensures that it protects the essentials of the system files and features, making it difficult to uninstall Edge. Therefore, if you can still uninstall Microsoft Edge using other tactics, try disabling it using Windows Explorer. This works by renaming the folder that contains the browser using Windows File Explorer. Follow these steps:
- Open File Explorer and go to the driver that hosts Windows 10. Next, locate the Microsoft Edge folder and right-click to choose properties. Go back to the folder and pick the ‘Rename’ option.
- You can rename the folder to whichever name you want. However, we would advise you to incorporate the word ‘OLD’ into the new folder name. Using the word ‘OLD’ can help if you face issues with your PC and have to restore the file.
- You will then see a UAC window displayed on your PC’s screen to confirm you want to continue with the renaming process. Go ahead and click ‘Yes’ to confirm the changes.
The renamed Microsoft Edge system will still remain intact on your PC. However, Windows can’t access them since files are renamed, which means Edge is disabled. If you change your mind later, you can re-access Edge by renaming the same folder to the original name.
Use Windows 10 Uninstall Menu to Remove Edge Manually
In case you have just installed the new chrome-based Microsoft Edge, you can manually uninstall it. Most people will have installed the browser from the Microsoft website, making it simple to uninstall just like other standard Windows apps via the Windows settings menu. Here is the procedure:
- Start by right-clicking on the start menu icon and then tap on the settings to start the procedure. From here, tap on Apps, which will show you Apps and Features. From the list of apps and features, use the search bar or manually pick out Microsoft Edge.
- Once you find Microsoft edge, tap on the entry and click ‘uninstall’ to start the removal process. A menu will pop up for confirmation, so you’ll need to tap ‘uninstall’ again. Before uninstalling, ensure you close any open Microsoft Edge browser. Failure to close the Edge browser will disallow the removal process.
- Again, Microsoft Edge will ask for confirmation once you opt for the uninstall option. Tap on ‘uninstall’ again to agree to do this. While at it, look out for the checkbox indicating ‘Also clear your browse data’ and remove it to ensure that you also remove your browsing history in the same process.
Note that this method will only work if you’ve installed the Microsoft Edge release manually. Also, once Windows 10 updates, the 2004 version will swap to the newer one via Windows Update, and at this point, you can’t remove it.
Removing Microsoft Edge Using Third-party tools
You can also use third-party tools or External Software such as Revo and IObit, among other uninstallers, to delete Microsoft Edge. Luckily, you won’t have to impact the performance of your PC, unlike other methods. Still, these uninstallers are easy to use. Here is some software you can try out:
- IObit Uninstaller: While using this software, select the Edge application on the check box, tap the uninstall button, usually in the top menu, or use the trash icon positioned on the right side. A pop-up window will then appear for you to confirm the uninstall.
- Revo Uninstaller: First, start by closing all Microsoft Edge browser windows, then run the Revo uninstaller. From the list on your PC, choose Microsoft Edge, then select uninstall on the top panel. Next, confirm ‘restore point creation’ to initiate the procedure. You can also search for residual files and other traces as the final step.
Microsoft may have crafted this browser with some good features to rival other browsers, but you can still choose another option. However, removing or uninstalling Microsoft Edge isn’t a straightforward task, but you can also accomplish it through some of the above procedures. If none of the options works, or you don’t have the confidence to try out the fixes, you can consult us to suggest the best option. You can reach out to Advantage Industries for all your Microsoft support needs in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.
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