How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge Browser If Uninstall Is Grayed Out - Windows Basics


Thursday, November 12, 2020

How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge Browser If Uninstall Is Grayed Out

Microsoft did that with the old Edge browser and now does it again with the new Chromium Edge browser.

Uninstalling the new Chromium-based Edge browser is a breeze if you manually install it on your Windows 10 PC. However, Windows 10 doesn't provide an easy way to uninstall Chromium-based Edge that was automatically installed through Windows Update.

Greyed out uninstall button for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Settings?

If the new Edge browser was installed through Windows Update, the Settings> Apps> Apps & features page doesn't offer an Uninstall option for Edge. The Uninstall button is greyed out.

Luckily, there is a solution to remove the Edge browser if the Uninstall button is greyed out. To remove Edge browser, you must use Command Prompt.

Complete the instructions below to uninstall or remove the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge from Windows 10.

Uninstall Edge when the Uninstall option is greyed out

1. Open this PC. Double-click on the Windows 10 installation drive. It is usually the C drive.

2. Navigate to the following folder:

Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application

3. In the Applications folder, you'll find a folder with the version number of Edge currently installed. Double click the same. In the picture above, 84.0.522.52 is the folder name. On your PC, the number might be different because you might be running a different version of Edge. But numbers will love this only.

4. Locate the Installer folder. Hold down the Shift key, right-click on the Installer folder and then click the Copy as path option to copy the path to the Installer folder.

5. Now, open the Command Prompt as administrator. To do that, type CMD in the Start/taskbar search field, right-click on the Command Prompt entry in the search result, and then click Run as administrator option.

6. In the Command Prompt, execute the following command:

CD PathToEdgeInstallerFolder

Note: In the above command, replace "PathToEdge" with the actual path to the Installer folder of Edge. Since you copied the path in Step 5, paste it into the Command Prompt. So just right click and paste.

7. Finally, execute the following command to force uninstall of Chromium-based Edge from Windows 10:

setup.exe –uninstall –system-level –verbose-logging –force-uninstall

You won't see any other prompts or options on the screen. In a few seconds, Edge will be deleted.

If you want to reinstall Edge browser, you can do so by downloading its installer from Microsoft and then running the installer.


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