How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 11 or 10

Though now-a-days it’s a perfectly fine browser, Microsoft Edge is not for everyone. In fact, by many estimates, Edge is not for most people, representing just 3.5 percent of the market, compared to 64.9 percent for Chrome. 

The majority of users who reject Edge, are content to simply install Chrome, Firefox or Opera and change the default browser in Windows 11 or 10. But for some folks, it’s not enough to avoid using Microsoft’s browser and leave it as a vestigial organ on the body of their Start menus; they want to remove Edge altogether.

Normally, if you want to uninstall an application in Windows 11 or 10, you just navigate to Settings->Apps->Apps & features, locate the name of your app, select uninstall and (Microsoft) Bob’s your uncle. But, with Edge, the uninstall option is grayed out and you need to use some command-line magic to get the job done.

Uninstall is grayed out for Edge in the Apps & Features menu in Windows 11 and 10

(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

Note that uninstalling Microsoft Edge does not prevent it from being listed as your default browser (you have to change that separately) nor does it stop the Windows 11 widget and Windows search’s web results from attempting (and failing) to launch themselves in Edge. There are workarounds, however, which we cover below. 

How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 11 or 10