Windows 11 comes with nifty apps to get started and Edge browser is one out of them, it is set as default web browser in Windows 11. Apart from that, Edge also play important role in proper functioning of various features in Windows 11. For example Widgets.
According to Microsoft, it is a faster web browser, thanks to various Peformance feature available in Edge browser. Although, some users are not fan of Edge browser and would like to use other browser like Chrome and Firefox.
In this situation users can set prefered browsers as default browser in Windows 11 and its just a one click process. Some users want to remove Edge browser from Windows 11 completely and you’re one out of them for sure (Let us know why you want to do that in the comments).
If you head over to Settings > Apps > Installed apps to uninstall Microsoft Edge browser unlike other apps and browsers installed in Windows 11, uninstall option for Microsoft Edge is grayed out. Now this means its impossible to uninstall Edge using Settings app
How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge If Uninstall Button is Grayed Out in Windows 11
Although, Microsoft Edge is baked inside Windows 11, that doesn’t mean its impossible to uninstall it, the process is little tricky and technical. In this blog post I’m going to share instructions on how to do that:
Note – Before following steps make sure prefred browser is installed in Windows 11
Launch File Explorer on Windows 11 and then navigate to the following folder:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application
Here, you will find a folder with the current version of the Edge browser. In my case, it’s 96.0.1054.57, it could be different in your case.
Inside Edge Current version folder, open Installer folder ( 96.0.1054.57 > Installer). In this folder, you will find a setup.exe.
Here, you need to right-click on the empty space and from the menu select Open in Windows Terminal.
If Windows Powershell is set as default profile, then execute this command:
.\setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall
When UAC dialog box appears, click Yes to continue.
When pointer moves to next line confirm that Microsoft Edge is removed from Windows 11.
After doing this, Microsoft Edge app will no longer appear in search and Installed apps settings page.
Check out Youtube video on how to do that:
Reinstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 11
Reinstalling Edge browser in Windows 11 is super easy. Here’s what you need to do:
Head over to Microsoft Edge download page.
Here, click on the Download button to grab the online installer for Edge browser. You can also, click on the down-arrow and select Windows 11.
Run the Setup file, and let installer completes the installation of Edge browser in Windows 11.
Before reinstalling Edge browser make sure to reboot your computer, else Edge installer will throw a message that can’t install Edge.
You might be interested in blog post on how to uninstall Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10.