How to Uninstall and Reinstall Microsoft Edge.

Last updated on July 5th, 2018

Microsoft Edge is the new and lightweight default Web browser in Windows 10 Operating Systems and it is designed to replace the Internet Explorer in the future. Microsoft Edge is a core component in Windows 10 OS and for that reason you cannot uninstall the new browser, by using the classic removal method, via "Program and features" in Control Panel. But in several cases, Microsoft Edge is not working as expected and you have to remove and re-install it on your computer.

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In this tutorial you can find detailed instructions on how to uninstall/remove and re-install Microsoft Edge on your Windows 10 PC.

How to Remove/Uninstall & Re-Install Microsoft Edge. (Windows 10)

In order to remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 10, you have to remove/delete the corresponding App package from your account. To do that:

Step 1. Start Windows in Safe Mode.

To boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode:

  1. Press Windows image_thumb[5]_thumb_thumb  + R keys on your keyboard to load the Run dialog box.
  2. Type msconfig and press Enter.

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

Note: In order to boot Windows in “Normal Mode” again, you have to uncheck the “Safe Boot” option by using the same procedure.




Step 2. Enable Hidden files view.

1. Right click on Start menu image and select Control Panel.

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2. Change the View by: to Small icons.

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3. Open File Explorer Options.

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4. At View tab: select Show hidden files, folders or drives and click OK.

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Step 3. Remove Microsoft Edge's Package folder.

1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the following folder on your computer:

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

(Replace %username% with your own username)

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

* Note: You can also delete the 'Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe' folder, but keep in mind that if you delete it, then you 'll will lose all your stored favorites in Microsoft Edge, which are stored under the following folder (with bold):



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3. Close Windows Explorer and restart Windows normally. *

* To restart Windows in Normal Mode:

    1. Press Windows image_thumb[5]_thumb_thumb  + R keys on your keyboard to load the Run dialog box.
    2. Type msconfig and press Enter.
    3. Click the Boot tab and then uncheck the Safe Boot option.


Step 4. Install Microsoft Edge (Re-register).

Updated on 15/12/2017: After applying the above steps, in the latest of Windows 10  (Version 1709, Build: 16299.125), there is not need to perform any other actions to reinstall Edge. Just do the following :
1. Try to open E
dge browser. At this point Edge will open for a few seconds and then will close.
2. Then re-open Edge browser. The browser should be reinstalled automatically and run without problems. If not, then follow the steps below to manually reinstall EDGE.

To re-install (re-register) Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 (manually):

1. Open PowerShell with Administrative privileges. To do that:

1. At Cortana's search box, type powershell



2. Right click on Windows PowerShell on the results and select Run as administrator.

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2. At PowerShell copy/paste the following command:

  • Get-AppXPackage -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | ForEach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

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3. Close PowerShell window and launch Microsoft Edge.

Additional help to fix Edge problems:
If you still face problems with EDGE browser, after applying the above steps, then try the following:

1. Create a new local account (with admin rights) on Windows 10.
2. Sign-in to the new account once.
3. Then, from the new user profile folder, copy the "C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe" folder to you user profile folder.

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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