How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge

In Short
  • Microsoft has made it much harder to uninstall Edge from Windows but, there is a nifty way to completely remove it.
  • You can use the Wise Uninstaller program and navigate to Microsoft Edge > Force uninstall > Yes, to delete the browser permanently.
  • Additionally, you will need to use Windows Settings and Registry Editor to prevent Microsoft from reinstalling Edge again.

Microsoft has lately become quite aggressive in pushing Edge on Windows 11 and 10, almost nagging users with malware-like pop-ups to switch from Chrome. Even if you have set Chrome as your default browser, Microsoft doesn’t respect the choice and redirects system and app links to Edge. So if you want to permanently uninstall Microsoft Edge from your Windows PC, we have come up with a working tutorial. We have also added a nifty way to prevent Microsoft from reinstalling Edge.

Note: Make sure you have installed Chrome or your choice of browser on your PC before attempting to uninstall Edge.

Uninstall Microsoft Edge Permanently

I tried multiple ways to remove Microsoft Edge from my Windows 11 PC running the latest 24H2 build, but all went in vain. No Command Prompt trick, PowerShell script, or Registry tweaks worked. Finally, Wise Uninstaller came to the rescue and it works great. You can use the program to permanently remove Edge from your system. Here are the steps to follow.

  1. Before making any system-level changes, I always recommend users to create a system restore point. It can restore your PC to an earlier working state in case things go south.
  2. Once you have done that, download and install Wise Uninstaller (website). Rest assured, the app is free and there is no bloatware associated with it.
  3. Now, simply launch the Wise Uninstaller program. Here, select Microsoft Edge and click on Force Uninstall. Before proceeding, make sure you have installed Chrome or your preferred browser on your PC.
Uninstall Microsoft Edge using Wise Uninstaller
  1. Next, click on Yes. It will start scanning Edge and look for associated files and Registry entries.
force uninstall microsoft edge
  1. Now, simply click on Remove. It will take some time to uninstall Microsoft Edge from your Windows PC.
remove edge files and registry entries
  1. Finally, click on OK. Now, close the app and restart your PC.
wise uninstaller removing edge from windows 11
  1. You will find that Microsoft Edge is completely uninstalled from your PC.
microsoft edge completely removed

Prevent Microsoft Edge Reinstallation

While the above steps can help successfully delete Edge, you will need to prevent Microsoft from reinstalling it again. Here’s how you do it.

  1. First, open Windows Settings using the Windows + I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Here, navigate to Windows Update > Advanced options.
windows update advanced options
  1. Now, turn off the Receive updates for other Microsoft products toggle. This will prevent Microsoft from downloading and reinstalling Edge on your PC.
disable updates for microsoft products
  1. After that, open the Start Menu, and search for “registry”. With the Registry Editor selected, click on Run as administrator.
open registry from start menu
  1. Now, paste the below path into Registry’s address bar and hit Enter.
  1. Next, right-click on the Microsoft folder and select New > Key.
create a new key in registry
  1. Name this key – EdgeUpdate.
rename edgeupdate key in registry
  1. Now, right-click on the newly-created EdgeUpdate key and go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
create new key in registry
  1. Now, now this – DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium.
registry key to prevent edge reinstallation
  1. Double-click on this file and change the value inside “Value data” to 1.
change registry key value
  1. Now, close the Registry Editor window and restart your PC.

It should now prevent Microsoft from reinstalling Edge on your PC. Keep in mind, with future annual updates, Edge may be reinstalled again. In that case, you will have to repeat the same steps again.

So this is how you can uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 11 and 10. Over time, Microsoft has closed many loopholes that allowed users to remove Edge through Command Prompt commands and PowerShell scripts. However, now, nearly all such tricks have been closed.

Thankfully, the method I have mentioned still works, even on the latest build. In case, you want to debloat your Windows 11 PC, follow our dedicated guide. And if you are facing any issues, let us know in the comments below.

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