I know with XP it was possible to remove Internet Explorer as a component, and it looks like Windows 8 made that even easier. How is IE removed from Windows 10 and what are the ramifications?

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  • "How is IE removed from Windows 10 and what are the ramifications?" - The exact same way. Yes; I issued the downvote. Your title mentions Microsoft Edge, the body mentions IE11, the question is not clear for that reason.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Dec 15, 2016 at 13:21
  • @Ramhound ah, fair enough. I rarely use windows and am not, admittedly, familiar with the distinction between edge and IE. no prob.
    – Thufir
    Commented May 28, 2018 at 9:45
  • Does this answer your question? How to completely uninstall Edge Commented Nov 8, 2022 at 15:43

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Navigate to the Windows Apps install location: C:\Windows\SystemApps\

And right-click the Microsoft Edge folder,

Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe, and select Properties, where you can set the folder and all its contents to Read-Only (make sure the checkbox shows a checkmark, not a square). This will prevent Windows from making changes to the folder.

Then, you can open the folder and rename the Microsoft Edge executables (MicrosoftEdge.exeand MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe) and/or delete them. I would rename them.

This is the only way to break/kinda remove edge.

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