Windows 10: Disable Microsoft Edge

Discus and support Disable Microsoft Edge in Browsers and Email to solve the problem; I am about to perform a Clean Install of Win 10 Pro and I will be using Google Chrome [ offline installer already downloaded ready ] as my Browser. I... Discussion in 'Browsers and Email' started by Paul Black, Apr 18, 2021.

  1. Disable Microsoft Edge


    I am about to perform a Clean Install of Win 10 Pro and I will be using Google Chrome [ offline installer already downloaded ready ] as my Browser.

    I do NOT want Microsoft Edge available [ popups, icons etc ]. I know that I can NOT delete it because of the impact that it has on the OS etc with regard to its integration. So I had an idea of a workaround, and thought I would post it here to see what other people recommend or have done and the implications associated with doing this.

    [1] Close Edge if it is running.
    [2] Open the folder => C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    [3] Rename . . .
    >> Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe to REMOVED_Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

    This way, it will be quite easy to re-instate it if needed!

    Thanks

    :)
     
    Paul Black, Apr 18, 2021
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  2. Edge Search Does Not Permit Change of Region


    I got these suggestions from the Microsoft Community forum.No. 1 worked for me:

    Thank you for posting the query on Microsoft Community. I am glad to assist you on this.
    We have reproduce the issue here and we are able to access non-regional search for google using Microsoft Edge.
    I would suggest you to try the below steps and check if it helps.
    Step 1:
    Clear browsing data option of Microsoft Edge and check if you face the issue. To do so perform the steps below.

    1. Click on the More actions icon next to the feedback icon present on top right corner of the Project Spartan homepage.
    2. Select Settings and click on Choose what to clear.
    3. Check the boxes Browsing history, Cookies and saved website data and Cached data and files and click on Clear.
    Step 2:
    I suggest you to create a new user account and check if the issue occurs.

    1. Go to Settings.
    2. Choose Accounts and then select Family and other users.
    3. Select add someone else on this PC.
    4. Enter a user name and hit next.
    5. Click on Finish.
    6. Sign out from the current Account and Log into the new account.
    Step 3:
    It could also happen because of network issue. I suggest you to try with different network connection and check if it helps.
     
    hurricane51, Apr 18, 2021
    #2
  3. How to disable or uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

    UPDATE AUGUST 2018: Microsoft keeps changing things a bit, but you can still "Disable" the Edge browser by doing the following:

    1. Hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys and tap the delete key, then click on Task Manager.
    2. If it says "More details" at the bottom of the Task Manager window, click on it to show more details.
    3. Scroll down the list and look for "Microsoft Edge". If you find it in the list, right click on it and select "End task".
    4. Now, open File Explorer and find the folder "C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe" and rename that folder to anything you wish. (I normally just append some text to it like "_remove" so I can easily re-enable Edge in the future if I desire.)

    Edge should now be "disabled".

    Keep in mind that Microsoft may try to re-enable Edge during a future update...

    THE ANSWERS BELOW ARE OLDER ANSWERS...

    UPDATE: In January 2017 I disabled Edge on a new Windows 10 install by simply renaming the "C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe" folder. (If you are asked to allow administrator privileges be sure to answer in the affirmative.) Renaming this folder was not possible in the past without following the more detailed steps below. This much simpler approach achieves the exact same results as the more complex instructions below! However, for older installations and/or Windows upgrades the below instructions may still be the only answer.

    THE ANSWER BELOW THIS LINE IS THE OLDER ANSWER...

    As already stated, the other answers are no longer valid due to changes in Windows 10 -- Microsoft has removed all supported methods for disabling Edge. As of today, this answer still works. Although parts of this answer were given, not all of it was given together in a step by step manner.

    • Go to: C:\Windows\SystemApps\
    • Open folder Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    • Right click on MicrosoftEdge file then Properties / Security / Advanced / Click Change (next to owner) and change to your username, then click OK
    • Then Click Edit, then add your username and give full permissions
    • Rename MicrosoftEdge file to MicrosoftEdge_remove or a name of your choice
    • Repeat all above steps for file MicrosoftEdgeCP also
    • Done! Edge will not run!

    Been running Windows 10 Pro like this on 100+ PCs for several months without issues.

    A NOTE REGARDING WINDOWS ANNIVERSARY UPDATE: The Anniversary update appears to undo the above changes and re-enable Edge. In my case I just ran the above steps again, and Edge is once again disabled.
     
    Joe Gayetty, Apr 18, 2021
    #3
  4. Disable Microsoft Edge

    Microsoft Edge..

    Hi,

    Thank you for contacting Microsoft community.

    I suggest you to follow the below steps if you are using Microsoft edge in MSN home page for changing your current location and check if it helps.

    • Open edge browser login to msn.com.
    • Then on the right hand side, click on gear icon.
    • Go to settings, then under “market and language” and “home location” option change your current location and check whether it shows correct.
    If you are using bing.com through edge browser then I suggest you to follow the below steps and check.

    • Open edge browser login to bing.com.
    • Then on the right hand side, click on gear icon.
    • Go to “region” option and click on “change your region” link.
    • Then select your country it will take your location.
    Hope this information was helpful and do let us know if you need further assistance. We will be glad to assist.
     
    Karthicka_R, Apr 18, 2021
    #4
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