If you use Windows 10, you know very well that having Microsoft Edge installed on your computer is not an option. The browser is considered a system file, so it is not only installed with Windows, but there is no option to uninstall it. But I come here to tell you that it is possible to exclude Microsoft Edge from Windows 10, and I will teach you how!
If you are an old user, you should know the good old Windows Explorer. Well, we can say that it evolved a lot until it became today's Edge, and look, until the browser is not so bad. But, at this point in the championship, everyone has already chosen their favorites, be it Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, or any other, and little space was left for poor Edge.
So we come to the main point: if I don't use it, why leave it installed there taking up space? Simple, because you are practically thank you to keep it on the computer because it is a system file. But, if you insist on wanting to eliminate it from your system, why not?
Before you start, a warning: this is a somewhat risky process, as you are messing with system files and include edits to the computer's registry. It is not a highly recommended process, however, it can be done if you perform the steps exactly as they are being described. That said, let's go step by step.
Preparing for Exclusion
Well, before you get your hands dirty and completely delete Microsoft Edge from your system, you need to make some preparations.
The first is, of course, to install the browser of your choice on your computer (if you haven't already). There are several options, among them the most used are the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari. To download them, just open Edge (yes, you will need it for that), search for the name of the browser you want, open the site, download and install.
But it is not enough to have the browser installed on your computer, you will need to make it your default browser, because if you uninstall Edge as your default browser, it can cause errors. There are two ways to do this. First, probably when opening the browser, a message will appear with the option to make it default, in this case just confirm the action and that's it.
If no message appears when you open the browser, you will need to follow these steps:
1- Open the Control Panel (in the start menu, or type in the search bar);
2- Select the “programs” option;
3 - Select "default programs" and then "set default programs"
4 - Download the screen until you find the option “web browser”, and select the browser you want.
And ready! You are now ready to effectively uninstall Edge.
Delete Microsoft Edge from Windows
Okay, get to work! Remember to follow the steps exactly as they are, to avoid errors and problems in your system.
Let's start by trying the conventional way of uninstalling programs on Windows. Opening the control panel (just type the name in the search bar of the start menu and open it). Option “uninstall a program”. Find Microsoft Edge in the list, click on it and..ué
Exactly, Windows does not point the uninstall option to Edge. Another way is by opening the settings in the start menu, going to the option "applications", searching for "edge" in the search bar and clicking on the program option. Maybe you’re lucky and it gives you the option to uninstall it right there. Yeah, it didn't work for me.
Well, if it were that simple, you wouldn't need me, right? But calm down, because it is still very easy. Just follow these steps:
1 - In the search bar of the start menu, search for "command prompt", and open the program as an administrator (right-click and select "run as administrator");
2 - Copy the following code and paste it where the cursor indicates: cd% PROGRAMFILES (X86)% \ Microsoft \ Edge \ Application \ 9 * \ Installer and press “enter”
Attention: You will need to know the version of your Edge when using the code. If you go back to the image above, on the control panel, when you click on Microsoft Edge it indicates the “version of the product” at the bottom of the screen, which, in my case is 90.0.818.56, so the code says “9 * ”, If your edge is version 80, you will need to replace 9 with“ 8 * ”, or if it is still version 100, replace it with“ 10 * ”. This is very important for the system to be able to recognize your Edge!
3- At the location indicated by the cursor, paste the following code: setup –uninstall –force-uninstall –system-level and press “enter” again.
And ready! You have successfully uninstalled Microsoft Edge from your computer!
But if you think that the process ends there, it is not so. Because in the next update he will simply be able to reinstall the program on your computer. It is necessary to block any update of the program so that it does not return unwantedly. And for that you will need to work on the registry.
Blocking Edge Updates from the Registry
Attention! I know I have said this more than once, but it takes a lot, but a lot of care when working on the computer's registry. One wrong move and things can end badly. Do it at your own risk! And the step by step is as follows:
1- In the search bar of the start menu, type “regedit” and open the Registry Editor;
2- There, you will follow the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Microsoft. Click on the folders as they appear.
3- Then, right-click on the “Microsoft” folder, go to “new” and “key” - a new folder will be created;
4- You must name the new folder “EdgeUpdate”;
5- Inside the new folder, you will click again with the right mouse button -> new -> click DWORD Value (32 bits);
6- You will name your new creation as “DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium”, just copy and paste from here;
7- Double click on the value created, then change the data from 0 to 1 and click OK.
And that's it! To explain a little, you are basically telling the system not to update Microsoft Edge. If at any time you regret your choice, you can change this data by doing the same process until the value created and exchanging 1 for 0 again, then your Edge will be updated again.
If you are not very comfortable with tampering with the computer's registry (and I completely understand if you are not, by the way, do not tamper with the registry if you do not know exactly what you are doing !!), there is another way to block updates Microsoft Edge, but you will need to install software.
Blocking Edge Updates with Software
The software in question is the Microsoft Edge Chromium Blocker Toolkit, and was developed by Microsoft itself, to avoid installing automatic updates of Edge on the computer, because even the company knows that there are people who would not want to be receiving updates of the program, either for fear of bugs or any other reason.
You can download the Microsoft Edge Chromium Blocker Toolkit on this link, the download will start automatically. After the download is complete, click on the file, accept the terms, and the following window will open:
Click on “browse” and choose the location where you want to save your software. As an example, I chose to save it directly in the downloads folder, in a folder I created earlier called edge blocker (create the folder before opening the application).
Then just click OK and it extracts the files. Okay, that done, let's go to the second part.
Open the Command Prompt again (remember how you do it? Just type the name into the search bar of the start menu and it appears). Right-click and select "run as administrator". In the location that the cursor indicates, you will write "cd" and paste the path where the Blocker Toolkit was installed.
And how do I find this? Simple, open the file explorer (if you don't know how to open it, type in the search bar of the start menu, it will always find the programs more easily) and go to the chosen folder to extract the Toolkit files. In my case, inside the downloads directory, in edge blocker:
Do you see this field marked in red? Click there and copy the path that will be pointed out. In my case, it resulted in C: \ Users \ *** \ Downloads \ edge blocker. So, paste the path after the cd letters typed there at the Prompt and press enter, it will look like this:
There you will enter the following code: EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd / b. And hit enter.
And ready! Your system will no longer automatically download updates from Microsoft Edge. If, at any time you go back on your decision, there is no problem. Just follow the same path and at the end type the command EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd / u.
Remembering that even following these steps, nothing will stop you from manually reinstalling and updating Microsoft Edge if you want, making the act something of your choice, and not the force, as Microsoft has been doing.
I hope I helped with this guide and resolved your problem with Microsoft Edge. If it helped, leave a comment. If it didn't help, comment too and we will try to help you in the best way!