You cannot uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows 11 in the conventional way – you have to use a specific command entered in a specific folder using the System Command Prompt.
The Microsoft Edge web browser is highly integrated with both the Windows 11 and Windows 10 operating systems. In all respects, Edge should not be removed or removed from your system under any circumstances. However, many users keep looking for ways to uninstall 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-constructed command entered in the command prompt of the appropriate folder. The method is similar to the method used to remove Edge from Windows 10, but the caveats and consequences for its removal are even more pronounced. You have been warned.
How to remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 11
First a clarification. This method removes Microsoft Edge from Windows 11 but does not change which browser your system considers the default. You must first 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 an easy process and should be done before attempting to uninstall Edge completely.
Once your new browser is installed, do a search for “default apps” in the Windows 11 search and choose the appropriate settings result. Scroll down the default apps page and choose Microsoft Edge (Image A) and then change the default settings in another browser or app. After changing your default web browser, you can proceed with the removal of Edge.
Clarification number two. You cannot uninstall Microsoft Edge using normal methods. The process must be completed through the Command Prompt and that Command Prompt must be located in the correct folder.
The first step is to find the right folder. Open File Explorer and navigate to this folder:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\101.0.1210.32\Installer
Remark: The version number (101.0.1210.32) may be different on your system.
Copy the entire navigation string via the Installer folder to the Windows clipboard (Figure B† We will use this saved string to redirect Command Prompt to the correct folder.
Type “command prompt” into Windows 11 search and select the appropriate item from the search results, making sure to select the option for administrator privileges (Figure C†
With the command prompt open, type or copy these commands, with your version number, of course:
cd Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\101.0.1210.32\Installer
At the end of this set of commands, your Command Prompt should be in the correct folder (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 in the Microsoft Store and install it from there on your Windows 11 PC.
Again, it is important to emphasize that it is not necessary to take the drastic step of completely removing Microsoft Edge from your Windows 11 device, nor is it recommended. Changing your default browser will achieve the same result and avoid possible unpredictable and unforeseen negative consequences.