How to uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 11

You cannot uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 11 in the conventional way – you have to resort to a specific command entered in a specific folder using the system command prompt.

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Microsoft Edge web browser is heavily integrated with Windows 11 and Windows 10 operating systems. For all intents and purposes, Edge should not be removed or uninstalled from your system under any circumstances. However, many users still search for ways to remove Microsoft Edge despite the possible consequences.

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In Windows 11, there is a way to uninstall the Edge browser with a well-built command entered in the correct folder command prompt. The method is similar to the method used to remove Edge from Windows 10, but the caveats and consequences of removing it are even more pronounced. You were warned.

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 11

First, a clarification. This method will uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 11, but it will not change the browser that your system sees as its default. First you need to install a new web browser on your system and make it the default browser. Changing your default web browser to something other than Edge is a simple process and should be done before attempting to completely uninstall Edge.

Once your new browser is installed, search for “default apps” in the Windows 11 search tool and choose the appropriate settings result. Scroll down the default apps page and choose Microsoft Edge (Figure A), then change the default settings for another browser or application. Once you have changed your default web browser, you can proceed with uninstalling Edge.

Figure A

Clarification number two. You cannot uninstall Microsoft Edge using normal methods. The process must be completed through the command prompt, and this command prompt must be located in the appropriate folder.

The first step is to find the appropriate folder. Open File Explorer and navigate to this folder:

C:Program Files (x86)MicrosoftEdgeApplication101.0.1210.32Installer

To note: The version number (101.0.1210.32) may be different on your system.

Copy the entire browse sequence to the Installer folder in the Windows clipboard (Figure B). We will use this recorded sequence to redirect the command prompt to the appropriate folder.

Figure B

Type “command prompt” into the Windows 11 search tool and select the appropriate item from the search results, making sure to select the administrative rights option (Figure C).

Figure C

With the command prompt open, type or copy these commands, of course using your version number:

cd/

Enter

cd Program Files (x86)MicrosoftEdgeApplication101.0.1210.32Installer

Enter

At the end of this sequence of commands, your command prompt should be in the correct folder (Figure D).

Figure D

Now type this command and then press Enter to uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 11.

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

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To reinstall Microsoft Edge, search for the app on Microsoft Store and install it on your Windows 11 PC from there.

Again, it is important to emphasize that it is not necessary, nor recommended, to take the drastic step of completely uninstalling Microsoft Edge from your Windows 11 device. Changing your default browser will produce the same result and avoid consequences. unpredictable and unforeseen potential negatives.

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