Windows 10 has Microsoft Edge has its default browser. It’s the update of Internet Explorer, and many are not pleased with it. Most use Google Chrome or Firefox as an alternative, but some just want it gone from their computers. We are here to tell you how to do so.
But keep in mind that if you’re messing with it, you might also mess with the system, so you might just want to use another browser and leave Edge as it is.
How to disable Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
Rename the Microsoft Edge core files
This one is quite complicated, but you can do it if you follow the instructions. First of all, you need to go to C:> Windows > SystemApps. Then, find a folder “Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe”. Right-click on it and click on properties. Then, see a square box next to read-only, click on that. Make sure that there is not the blue square, but the tick mark.
Click on Apply and then click on OK. Then, you will need to open Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe” folder and click on the View tab on top. Then, you will need to check the box next to “File name extension.” From there, look for the files MicrosoftEdge.exe and MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe, and then rename both of them as MicrosoftEdge.old and MicrosoftEdgeCP.old, respectively.
This should disable Microsoft Edge on your computer. If you encounter difficulties with Windows because of this, rename them back to MicrosoftEdge.exe and MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe.
If, however, you have a problem when you’re trying to rename the files, then it means that you don’t have ownership of that folder. Here’s how to fix that
Fix possible issues that might appear
Right-click on the “Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe” and click on properties, then go to the Security tab, placed on top. Then, click on the Advanced button, a thing that will get you to the advanced security menu. Here, you need to find the owner section, and you will see it set to “Trusted Installer.” You will need to click on the change option, that is next to it. under the box with “Enter the object name to select,” enter Administrators and click on “Check Names.”
Then click OK, then check the box next to “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects.” Then click on Apply. Then click on OK, then go back to the security window, and click on Edit. Then, click on Administrators under the user name and click on Full Control. Then click on Apply, then click OK.
This will allow you to rename the files if you were not allowed to do it before. Use this method wisely, since, as we said before, it might mess with your computer and windows. If you see that something is wrong with the Windows after, and it does not run smoothly, then you should retrace the steps and set it back to normal.