This article will explain how to completely uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 11 and use your preferred browser instead. In Windows 10, changing the default browser was relatively easy through the settings app. Microsoft made it difficult in Windows 11 so that users must forcefully use Edge. Chrome-based Microsoft Edge is a good browser now. However, not everyone uses it; many prefer Chrome. The Microsoft Edge browser is a Windows 11 stock App, and it is used for Windows 11 searches and widgets. Thus Edge, cannot be uninstalled from the control panel or Windows App manager directly. The uninstall option is also greyed out, so you cannot use it.
It does not imply that you can’t remove Microsoft Edge. Windows PowerShell still allows you to remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 11 PCs. Uninstalling can also be done with some third-party tools. Throughout this article, you will learn how to remove the Edge browser permanently. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 11
Change your Default Browser in Windows 11.
Uninstalling Microsoft Edge completly is not recommended. Windows still let you use your favorite browser as your default browser without uninstalling Edge by switching your default browser. But, even if you change your default browser. Still, Windows will open Widgets and all searches in Edge. No worries, you can Redirect Windows 11 Widgets From Edge to Chrome. I wrote an article about it, so read it.
To change your default browser in Windows 11, first, open the Settings App. (Use Windows 11 search or press Windows + I key to launch settings App.)
Once settings App get open, click on Apps > Default Apps.
Look for Chrome in the Apps list and click on it. (I’m going to use Chrome as my default browser.)
You will now see that Microsoft Edge is selected for default file types and link types.
You have to click one by one on Microsoft Edge and change it to Google Chrome. When you click on Microsoft Edge, an overlay menu will appear; choose Google Chrome from it.
You have to do it for every file and link type. (Mainly, you have to do for HTTP and HTTPS.)
That’s it. Microsoft Edge can still be disabled in this version of Windows, but it is a lengthy process.
Permanently Uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 11
If you uninstall Microsoft Edge, web search in Windows 11 will stop working. Furthermore, when you click on a widget in Windows 11, nothing will open. Therefore, you should use Edge Deflector and Chrometana Pro, which I mentioned in my redirect Windows 11 searches article. If you’re still interested in uninstalling Microsoft edge after knowing the consequences, here’s how you can do it.
Open File Explorer, and open the following path. (You can copy-paste it in the file explorer address bar.)
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application
You will now see a numerical value folder. It is the version number of the currently installed Edge browser. Open that folder.
Now, find the Installer folder and do open it.
In the Installer folder, right-click anywhere, and then from the context menu, click on “Open in Windows Terminal”. (In Windows 10, you have to press Shift + Right-Click to get the Windows PowerShell option.)
Windows PowerShell window will now open. Copy and paste the following command in Windows PowerShell.
A warning might appear; click on Paste anyway. And press enters key to execute the command.
A UAC window will now open to ask your permission for Edge uninstallation. Click on Yes.
That’s it; Microsoft Edge will now completely get uninstalled. Restart Windows now to remove all traces of Edge.
Don’t forget to set your favorite browser default by following the first method. So that’s how you can permanently uninstall Edge from your Windows 11 system. Well, you can still download and install Edge from Microsoft’s official site. So no need to worry if something doesn’t work. If you’ve any questions, let me know in the comment section.