Microsoft Edge: its uninstallation will soon be impossible on Windows 10

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Here is a surprising news that comes from a small note published on the Microsoft support site: the removal of Microsoft Edge within Windows 10 will soon no longer be possible. In addition, it will no longer be allowed to revert to the old version.

It will therefore soon no longer be possible to remove the new version of Microsoft's browser, Microsoft Edge. At least that's what a brief note released today by Microsoft explains, in a nutshell.



The new version of the browser, released earlier this year, is based on Chromium, a free web browser that serves as the basis for several other browsers like Google Chrome. This “new Microsoft Edge” therefore actually replaced the old version which had the exact same name, formerly known as EdgeHTML.

It will soon no longer be possible to remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 10, or revert to the old version

If it has always been possible to remove Microsoft Edge from your system - the new version being integrated into the installation of Windows 10 and installed automatically -, this will no longer be the case, according to a document recently published by Microsoft. The Redmond company believes that it has "offered Windows customers" a migration from the old version to the new edition using "a step-by-step deployment". She also explains that this new version now gives its users “full control over the import of their personal data”. So far, so good.

The problem is that the company now wants to make sure that all Windows clients feature the latest Microsoft Edge browser for the "performance, privacy, security, productivity, and support features" it offers. It must be said that it is now the second browser, just behind Google Chrome. One reason that prompted the company to simply remove the option to uninstall Microsoft Edge or use the old version in a future, as yet unannounced, update to Windows 10.



If it will soon no longer be possible to uninstall Microsoft Edge through the classic settings, today there is a command to do it through the command terminal (or PowerShell). However, there is no guarantee that this manipulation will work by then. Here is the process:

  • Right click on the start menu
  • Click on Windows PowerShell (admin)
  • Enter the following command:
    cd "C:Program Files (x86)MicrosoftEdgeApplication84.0.522.52Installer"
  • Validate with the Enter key
  • Then enter the following command:
    setup.exe --uninstall --system-level --verbose-logging --force-uninstall
  • Validate with the Enter key

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