It appears Microsoft is not only making it harder, but near impossible to uninstall the new Edge browser which is based on Google’s Chromium base. Any traditional option to uninstall the latest stable version of the Microsoft Edge web browser is either completely missing or greyed out. The previous releases of the Edge browser could be removed from a Windows 10 installation after going through multiple steps, but even those aren’t available for the latest stable release.
Microsoft has been working rather hard to develop and update the new Edge web browser. The modern-day web browser not only succeeds Internet Explorer or IE but will also soon replace the Classic Edge browser. However, it appears that once users choose to install the latest stable release of the Chromium-based Edge browser, it is near impossible to remove the same from any Windows 10 installation.
Microsoft Doesn’t Want Users to Remove Its Chromium-based Edge Browser in Windows 10:
It is now becoming clear that Microsoft wants the new chromium-based Edge browser to become an integral or irreplaceable component of any Windows 10 machine. Hence users who choose to install the new and stable release of the Edge browser, simply cannot uninstall the same. There are multiple techniques that Microsoft offers to get rid of system components or programs that users choose to install on the computers running Windows 10, but none of them appear to offer any technique to uninstall the new Edge browser.
The new and stable version of the Edge browser is not listed in Control Panel’s Programs and Features. Moreover, users aren’t allowed to remove it from the Apps & Features in the Settings App. Simply put, once installed, the Edge browser becomes an integral component of Windows 10 OS. While this might not seem to be a restrictive technique, Microsoft appears to be removing the choice to uninstall a program or feature from Windows 10. Moreover, it might also indicate that Microsoft could increase the functionalities in Windows 10 which can only be executed or run on the Chromium-based Edge browser.
Installing the latest stable release of the Edge browser kills or replaces the Classic Edge browser. It appears the Windows 10 installation makes it harder to discover the latter. However, starting this week, the Operating System no longer lists the Legacy Edge browser in the Start menu. In other words, users cannot even search for the same. Moreover, now users can’t uninstall Chromium Edge stable after they install the same.
There’s No Option To Uninstall The Stable Release of Microsoft Edge Web Browser:
Previously when users installed the stable Edge release version they were able to uninstall it like any application by visiting Programs and Features in Control Panel or by visiting Settings > Apps & Features. Microsoft offers multiple options for Microsoft Edge. The Settings app usually displayed Modify and Uninstall options for the same.
However, that is no longer the case in Windows 10 version 1903 running build 18362.418. Currently, Settings App grays out ‘Modify and Uninstall’ buttons for Microsoft Edge stable. Users cannot find the browser listed in the Classic Control Panel to uninstall. The Start menu lists Microsoft Edge as recently Installed. And it also offers an uninstall option when the icon is right-clicked. However, choosing the same takes users to Programs and Features where they won’t find Edge listed. Needless to mention again, Beta or dev or Canary version of Edge can still be uninstalled. It is only the stable release which cannot be uninstalled.
Incidentally, the latest stable release is not available officially on the Microsoft Edge Insider homepage. The Edge Insider website currently offers Beta, Dev and Canary channels of Edge for testing. Clearly, these aren’t final or stable releases, and users who choose to install them can easily uninstall from the Program and Features page in Windows 10 Control Panel. However, there’s a stable release of the new Chromium-based Edge browser available from another Microsoft’s web-page.
It is expected that several users may not be happy about the way Microsoft is drilling down the Edge installation within Windows 10. After all, Chromium Edge is not a built-in component of Windows 10, unlike its predecessor, and hence, users should be able to uninstall the same.