How to Completely Remove Edge browser from Windows 10.

Last updated on October 29th, 2019

In a previous article I mentioned the way to reinstall Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 if you face problems with the browser. Microsoft Edge is a core component in Windows 10 and for that reason its not possible to completely remove the app by using usual methods.

In this tutorial you 'll find instructions on how to completely remove Microsoft Edge browser from Windows 10. *

* Notes:
1. If you 're interested to uninstall and reinstall Microsoft Edge then read this tutorial: How to Uninstall and Reinstall Microsoft Edge.
The below instructions are tested in Windows 10 Version 1709 (Build: 16299.125)

To see the installed Windows 10 Version & Build:

1. Simultaneously press the Win image + R keys to open the run command box.
2. Type winver and press Enter.


3. At the second line you can view the installed version and build of Windows 10.

view windows 10 version build

How to Completely Remove Edge in Windows 10.

Step 1. Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode.

1. To start Windows in Safe Mode, simultaneously press the Win image + R keys to open the run command box.
2. Type msconfig and press Enter.


3. Click the Boot tab and then check the "Safe Boot" option.
4. Click OK and restart your computer.

windows 10 safe boot

Step 2. Enable Hidden Files.

1. Open Windows explorer.
2. Click the View tab and go to Options > Change folder and search options.

show hidden files 10

3. At "Folder Options" select the View tab:

a. Check the Show hidden files, folders, and drives checkbox.
b. Clear the Hide protected operating system files check box. (Click Yes to confirm)
Click Apply to folders and then click OK.

show hidden system protected files Windows 10

Step 3. Rename Microsoft Edge folders.

1. Navigate to the following location:

  • C:\Users\%Username%\AppData\Local\Packages

2. Rename the "Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe" folder to "Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.BAK"

remove edge windows 10

4. Then navigate to then following location:

  • C:\Windows\SystemApps

5. Rename the "Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe" folder to "Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.BAK". *

  • Note: If you cannot rename the folder, "because the folder it is open in another program…"
    a. Press CTRL + ALT + DEL and open Task Manager.
    b. At 'Processes' tab, right-click at Microsoft Edge and select End Task.
    c. Proceed to rename the folder.

Step 4. Restart Windows 10 normally.

1. Simultaneously press the Win image + R keys to open the run command box.
2. Type msconfig and press Enter.
3. At General tab, check the Normal startup.
4. Click OK and restart your computer.

normal startup windows

Step 5. Remove Microsoft Edge Shortcuts.

1. After restart you 'll see that the Edge shortcut at the taskbar is displayed blank. Right click on it and select Unpin from taskbar.

remove edge shortcut

2. Then right click at "Microsoft Edge" shortcut at Start screen and select Unpin from Start.

disable edge windows 10

You 're done! If you want to change your decision about the EDGE browser in the future, just follow the same steps, and remove the ".BAK" extension from the above mentioned Microsoft Edge folders.

That's it! Let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving your comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.

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