Uninstall Microsoft Edge If the Uninstall Button is Grayed Out
Microsoft has started delivering Microsoft Edge to users of Windows via Windows Update. The update is provisioned for users of Windows 10 version 1803 and above, and replaces the classic Edge app once installed. The browser, when delivered with KB4559309, makes it impossible to uninstall it from Settings.
Once installed, the update replaces the classic Edge and hides it from the app list. Check out how to have them installed side-by-side.
The change affects only consumer editions of Windows 10. Enterprise user have to install it manually, or deploy it using MSI installers (see below).
What's new in the Microsoft Edge update
Microsoft ships the update with the following key notes:
- Start menu pins, tiles, and shortcuts for the current version of Microsoft Edge will migrate to the new Microsoft Edge.
- Taskbar pins and shortcuts for the current version of Microsoft Edge will migrate to the new Microsoft Edge.
- The new Microsoft Edge will be pinned to the taskbar. If the current version of Microsoft Edge is already pinned, it will be replaced.
- The new Microsoft Edge will add a shortcut to the desktop. If the current version of Microsoft Edge already has a shortcut, it will be replaced.
- By default, most protocols that Microsoft Edge handles will be migrated to the new Microsoft Edge.
- The current version of Microsoft Edge will be hidden from UX surfaces in the OS. This includes settings, applications, and any file or protocol support dialog boxes.
- Attempts to start the current version of Microsoft Edge will redirect to the new Microsoft Edge.
- The First Run Experience (FRE) will auto-launch the first time that a device restarts after the new Microsoft Edge is installed.
- Data from earlier versions of Microsoft Edge (such as passwords, favorites, open tabs) will be available in the new Microsoft Edge.
- The new Microsoft Edge does not support the removal of this update.
As you can see, the last line explicitly indicates that Microsoft is not allowing removal of the update. The company is interested in getting the market share as big as possible for its newest browser. However, it is actually possible to uninstall it. There is a special uninstall command we can use.
To Uninstall Microsoft Edge If the Uninstall Button is Grayed Out,
- Open File Explorer.
- Navigate to the following folder:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application.
- There, you will find a subfolder that matches the current version of the installed Edge browser, e.g.
- Under it, you will find the
83.0.478.58\Installer, which contains the
- Click on the address bar of File Explorer, type
cmd.exeand hit the
Enterkey to open the command prompt in the current folder.
- Enter the following command and hit Enter:
setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall.
- This will remove the Edge browser from the OS.
You are done.
Note: If you see an error message when running the command above, you should try to restart the OS and then run the command again.
Thanks to deskmodder.de for this tip.
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This set of instructions worked perfectly. Thank you so much for providing this!
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\ folder doesn’t exist
Outstanding … thank you so much!!
You are brilliant, thank you!!! I removed Edge previously. However, I noticed that when I updated window 10 yesterday, it reappeared. I might just go back to Kubuntu. I am tired of Microsoft’s Gestapo tactics!
It worked. Thank you so much.
That was great, thanks. When I updated my laptop the Microsoft Edge Installer page came up automatically, covering my entire desktop so I could not get at any of my work, would not move, resize or go away until I installed it.
This is definitely dirty pool and I’m getting as far away from all M$ products as I can.
It worked only if I run the command in CMD as an administator.
I thought I had stopped windows updating but found edge sitting on my system this morning again, This worked like a charm.
Worked well, Edge now gone. Thanks.
Alas, even as administrator my laptop w/ windows 10 wouldn’t allow the command prompt to work. Edge is killing my laptop, overheating, slowing every function down to a crawl despite running every sort of maintenance or clean up process I could find. I also applied every possible way to disable, disallow edge’s invasive, disabling effects upon everything which previously functioned well. I appreciate your efforts to help the millions of people who have this problem. Thank you, Regan
Thank you! This also leads you out of the “s” mode. That allows you to finally install chrome as well. Shame on Microsoft for this.
It didn’t work. It’s still there. Grrr.
Oops. Nevermind. It worked when I copied and paste your commands in prompt.
I followed the steps, and an Edge Window pops up asking permission to make changes with YES or No choices. Clicking either one sends me back to the prompt screen. Constant cycle nothing changes!
Same by me
Didn’t work for me in Windows 11.