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How to Disable the Microsoft Edge Browser in Windows 10

Joel Lee 09-02-2016

Windows 10 brought a new browser into the mix — Microsoft Edge — and surprised a lot of people with how good it is 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now Microsoft Edge marks a complete break from the Internet Explorer brand name, killing off a 20-year-old family tree in the process. Here's why you should be using it. Read More . However, not everyone likes it, and if you’re one of those people, you may be wishing for a way to get rid of it for good.


Technically, that’s not possible. Microsoft Edge is a Trusted App and a core component in the Windows environment, which means it can’t be uninstalled or removed. Fortunately, if you’re okay with just blocking it, there is a tool you can use.


With Edge Blocker, you can disable Edge altogether and make it so that it effectively doesn’t exist on your computer anymore. If your Windows account has administrator rights, it will block for all users on the system. No apps will be able to manually launch Edge.

To prevent unforeseeable problems, change your system’s default browser to any non-Edge browser before blocking. Use at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible if something goes wrong.

It’s a portable tool, so you don’t have to install it or anything. Just run it, click Block, and you’re done. Keep it around on a USB flash drive Are USB Flash Drives Still Worth It In 2015? USB flash drives are great for storage, but they have so many other uses. Here's how they're worth their weight in gold. Read More or store it in Dropbox 5 Basic Backup Facts Every Windows User Should Know We never tire to remind you to make backups and keep your data safe. If you're wondering what, how often, and where you should back up your files, we have straight forward answers. Read More in case you ever need it again for whatever reason.


Do you like Microsoft Edge? Why or why not? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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  1. Glenn
    July 26, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Thank you!

  2. Abdullah
    June 12, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Oh man, I can't really thank you enough — I was pulling my hair out to fix this damned issue, but I stumbled upon this awesome guide. I have tried the mentioned fixes separately, but they didn't work. Then I tried to mix between them, and disabling the front panel jack with reinstalling the sound driver worked like a charm for me. THANK YOU!

  3. jon
    February 12, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Edge is just way too slow! It crawls and it slows down everything else on my laptop when its open!

  4. Miguel
    February 11, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Why not just make IE or Chrome the default browser? First thing I do on a Win 10 computer.

  5. jim
    February 10, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Edge was find until favorites became totally unmanageable. No doubt Microsoft will fix, but to what degree ? I'm afraid I may loose all my folder based favorites in their "now" database. This unmanageable database is extremely frustrating to me.

  6. Jeff Schallenberg
    February 9, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    It seems to work. Anything that cleans up Windows 10 is very welcome, indeed. Thanks, Joel for a very useful post.

  7. James Haynes
    February 9, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Still can't get it to work. Will not stay open long enough to adjust settings.