How To Uninstall Edge Chromium When Uninstall Button Is Grayed Out


Microsoft had done it with the legacy Edge browser and now doing it again with the new Chromium Edge browser.

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Uninstalling the new Chromium-based Edge browser is a straight-forward task if you manually installed it on your Windows 10 PC. However, Windows 10 does not offer an easy way to uninstall the Chromium-based Edge that was automatically installed via Windows Update.

Uninstall button grayed out for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Settings?

If the new Edge browser was installed via Windows Update, the Settings > Apps > Apps & features page does not offer an Uninstall option for the Edge. The Uninstall button is greyed out.

Luckily, there is a workaround to remove the Edge browser if the Uninstall button is greyed out. To remove the Edge browser, you have to use the Command Prompt.

Complete the given below directions to uninstall or remove the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge from Windows 10.

Method 1 of 2

Uninstall Edge when the Uninstall option is greyed out

Step 1: Open up This PC. Double-click on the drive where Windows 10 is installed. It’s usually the “C” drive.

Step 2: Navigate to the following folder:

Program Files (x86)MicrosoftEdgeApplication

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Step 3: In the Application folder, you will find a folder with the version number of the Edge currently installed. Double-click on the same. In the picture above, 84.0.522.52 is the folder name. On your PC, the number might be different as you might be running a different version of Edge. But the number will like this only.

Step 4: Locate the Installer folder. Hold down the Shift key, right-click on the Installer folder and then click the Copy as path option to copy the path to the Installer folder.

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Step 5: Now, open the Command Prompt as administrator. To do that, type CMD in the Start/taskbar search field, right-click on the Command Prompt entry in the search result, and then click Run as administrator option.

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Click the Yes button when you get the UAC prompt.

Step 6: In the Command Prompt, execute the following command:

CD PathToEdgeInstallerFolder

In the above command, replace “PathToEdge” with the actual path to the Installer folder of Edge. Since you have already copied the path in Step 5, paste it in the Command Prompt. So, just right-click and paste.

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Step 7: Finally, execute the following command to force uninstall the Chromium-based Edge from Windows 10:

setup.exe –uninstall –system-level –verbose-logging –force-uninstall

You will not see any other prompts or options on the screen. In a few seconds, Edge will be removed.

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NOTE: On some versions of Windows 10, removing the Chromium-Edge will automatically restore the legacy Edge browser. To remove the legacy Edge, refer to our how to uninstall and remove Edge from Windows 10 guide.

If you want to install the Edge browser again, you can do so by downloading its installer from Microsoft and then running the installer.

Method 2 of 2

Uninstall Chromium Edge via Settings in Windows 10

Step 1: Go to Windows 10 Settings > Apps > Apps & features page.

Step 2: Look for the Microsoft Edge entry. Click on the same to see the Uninstall button. If the Uninstall button is greyed out, refer to the directions in Method 1 (scroll up to see).

Step 3: Click on the Uninstall button. Click the Uninstall button again when you get the confirmation flyout to begin removing the Edge from Windows 10.

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