How to install or uninstall the Microsoft Edge browser

Updated: 11/30/2020 by Computer Hope
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Microsoft Edge is included with Windows 10 by default, replacing Internet Explorer as the default browser for Windows. Edge is also available for macOS, iOS, or Android devices. To learn how to install or uninstall Edge, select your operating system from the link below and follow the instructions.

Windows 10

How to install Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is included as part of Windows 10 and is installed by default. All updates for Microsoft Edge are distributed through Windows Update.

How to uninstall Microsoft Edge

Note

It is not possible to entirely remove Microsoft Edge from your computer, as it is integrated into Windows 10. The steps below allow you to prevent Microsoft Edge from loading, while not hurting other programs that rely on Edge files to run properly.

Change ownership of Microsoft Edge folder

Before you can hide, or block, Microsoft Edge on your computer, you need to change the ownership of the Microsoft Edge folder in Windows. By default, the Microsoft Edge folder is owned and controlled by Windows and prevents any changes. Gaining ownership of the folder allows you to make changes to files in that folder.

Note

You must be logged in to Windows with an administrator account.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the following folder: C:\Windows\SystemApps
  3. Locate the Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder. Right-click that folder and select Properties.
  4. Click the Security tab.
  5. On the Security tab, click the Advanced button.
  6. At the top of the Advanced Security Settings window, click the Change link for the Owner.

Change owner in Advanced Security Settings

  1. In the Select User and Group text box, type Administrators and click the Check Names button. Windows finds and suggests the administrator account. Click OK to select the administrator account.
  2. Back in the Advanced Security Settings window, check the box next to Replace owner on subcontainers and objects. Click OK to confirm the owner changes.

Change owner on subcontainers and objects

  1. Back in the folder Properties window, on the Security tab, click the Edit button.
  2. In the Group or user names section, click the Administrators account.
  3. In the Permissions for Administrators section, under the Allow column, check the box for Full control. Click OK to save the permission changes.

Change permissions for a folder

  1. Click Yes in the Windows Security message box to confirm the permission changes. Click OK again in the Properties window to make the permission changes.

Prevent Windows from changing permissions or files

It may still be possible for Windows to change the permissions of the Microsoft Edge folder and files when a Windows update is installed. To prevent the permissions from being changed, undoing the changes you made above, follow the steps below.

  1. Right-click the Microsoft Edge folder again and select Properties.
  2. On the General tab, in the Attributes section, check the box next to Read-only so that it is checked. You may need to click the Read-only box twice for the box to be checked.
  3. Click OK to apply the change.

Prevent Microsoft Edge from running

With ownership and permissions changed for the Microsoft Edge folder and files, you can now prevent the Edge browser from running in Windows. Follow the steps below to block the Edge browser.

  1. Open the Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder.
  2. Locate the MicrosoftEdge.exe and MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe files. Rename both files to something else of your choosing. For example, rename the files to blockMSEdge.exe and blockMSEdgeCP.exe.

By renaming the files, Windows will no longer be able to find the MicrosoftEdge.exe and MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe files, preventing Microsoft Edge from running.

In the future, if you want to use Microsoft Edge again, rename the two files back to MicrosoftEdge.exe and MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe.

Windows 7 and 8

Select an option in the list below and follow the instructions.

Install Microsoft Edge

  1. Open your current Internet browser and go to the Microsoft Edge download page.
  2. Click the Download for Windows 7 or Download for Windows 8 button, depending on your version of Windows.

Download edge

  1. On the Download the new Microsoft Edge pop-up, check the box if you want to agree to send data to Microsoft (optional).
  2. Click Accept and download.

Accepting terms

  1. Click Close.

close button

  1. At the bottom-left or bottom-right of the browser window, click the Microsoft Edge executable file.

Opening download

  1. Click Run.

Run button

  1. Click Yes.

Yes button

  1. Click Get Started.

Get started button

  1. If you want to import your data from your current browser, click the option that best suits your needs. Then, click Confirm.

Confirming sync choices

  1. Choose your layout preference, then click Confirm.

Confirming layout choices

  1. Click Sign in to sync data or Continue without signing in, depending on your preference.

Continue withouth signing in

  1. If you want help with how to use Edge, select one of the tutorials on the Welcome screen. If you want to proceed without a tutorial, click the X in the top-right corner.

Edge helkp

Uninstall Microsoft Edge

Uninstalling Microsoft Edge is the same process as uninstalling any other program in Windows.

macOS

Select an option in the list below and follow the instructions.

Install Microsoft Edge

  1. Open your current Internet browser and go to the Microsoft Edge download page.
  2. Under Browse across devices, click DOWNLOAD for macOS.

Download Edge for macOS

  1. In the checkbox next to Help Microsoft improve, check the box if you want and agree to send data to Microsoft.
  2. Click Accept and download.

Accept and download

  1. On the Thank you screen, click Close.

Close button

  1. Go to downloads on the dock and click the MicrosoftEdge-86.0.622.51.pkg or similar file name.

Downloads icon in the Dock.

List of downloads in macOS.

  1. Click Continue.

Continue button

  1. Click Install.

Install button

Tip

Depending on how your computer is configured, you need to enter your password to proceed.

  1. Click Close.

Close button

  1. In the pop-up asking Do you want to move the "Microsoft Edge" Installer to the Trash?, click Move to Trash.

Move to Trash button

Uninstall Microsoft Edge

Uninstalling Microsoft Edge is the same process as uninstalling any other program in macOS.

iOS

Select an option in the list below and follow the instructions.

Install Microsoft Edge

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Search for Microsoft Edge.
  3. Tap the download icon to the right of Microsoft Edge.

Download icon

  1. Once it has downloaded, tap Open.

Open button

  1. Tap the Sign in option to retrieve and sync your Microsoft Edge settings, or tap the Skip option in the top-right corner.

Sign in option

  1. Choose whether you want to share data from websites you visit by tapping Not now or Share data.
  2. Choose whether you want to share data for personalization by tapping Not now or Share data.

Uninstall Microsoft Edge

  1. Find the Microsoft Edge app icon.
  2. Press and folder your finger on the app icon until the pop-up menu appears.
  3. In the pop-up menu, tap the Delete App option.

Delete App option

  1. In the delete confirmation prompt, tap the Delete option.

Delete Edge confirmation

Android

Select an option in the list below and follow the instructions.

Install Microsoft Edge

  1. Open the Google Play store.
  2. Search for Microsoft Edge.
  3. Tap Install for the Edge app.

Install button

  1. After the install completes, tap Open.

Open button

  1. Tap the Sign in option to retrieve and sync your Microsoft Edge settings, or tap the Skip option.
  2. Choose if you want to share data from websites you visit by tapping Not now or Share data.
  3. Choose if you want to share data for personalization by tapping Not now or Share data.
  4. Choose if you want to always browse with Microsoft Edge by tapping No, thanks, or Yes.

Uninstall Microsoft Edge

  1. Find the Microsoft Edge icon in your installed apps.
  2. Press and hold your finger on the Edge app icon until a menu appears below the icon.

Edge app icon

  1. While still pressing your finger on the app icon, drag the icon to the Uninstall area that appears.

Edge shortcut ion

  1. In the uninstall confirmation prompt, tap OK.

OK button