I have upgraded my laptop to Windows 10 Home. But I can't find the Microsoft Edge web browser.

Does anyone know where it is located, or do I need to install it?

Update: I could find MicrosoftEdge.exe at C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe. But when I click on it, it doesn't run.

  • Where are you from? Do you perhaps have a K or N edition?
    – Daniel B
    Aug 4, 2015 at 10:49
  • @DanielB, I am from India and I have windows 10 Home edition
    – Naman Gala
    Aug 4, 2015 at 10:56
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    The MicrosoftEdge.exe cannot be run like other programs. If you do not have the Microsoft Edge shortcut in the taskbar, search for it in the search bar or start menu. Then pin it to the taskbar.
    – MC10
    Aug 4, 2015 at 11:07
  • How sure are you that the edge browser is not being run when you click the Internet Explorer like icon on your task bar? I believe it should be the default browser rather than the old IE.
    – Mokubai
    Aug 4, 2015 at 11:24
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    anyone have a clue why MS insists on making its own executables hard to find? i am just trying to open a PDF with Edge, but it's not on the suggested apps list for some reason and without a path, it's hard to browse for it. They do the same with Office and a whole of other stuff, totally, utterly, pointless.
    – JL Peyret
    Aug 1, 2017 at 21:08

7 Answers 7



This information is outdated. OP may not be around to switch the accepted answer. Please refer to answers from Overmind or Yanzzee, or Europa's comment for newer information.

Old Answer

Microsoft Edge should be in the taskbar. It is the blue 'e' icon.


If you do not have that or have unpinned it, you just need to repin it. Unfortunately the MicrosoftEdge.exe can not be run by double clicking and creating a normal shortcut will not work. You may have found it at this location.


What you need to do is just search for Edge in the Start menu or search bar. Once you see Microsoft Edge, right click on it and Pin to taskbar.


  • There is a way to create a shortcut to Edge. Yanzzee below has what should be the correct answer.
    – Ed DeGagne
    Dec 9, 2016 at 19:34
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    May 2021: Edge is located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe. It can be found by either goint to that location or shell:Appsfolder.
    – Europa
    May 3, 2021 at 6:36

Make a new shortcut for it

Correct link is:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge

Then add it's icon from its own .exe if you don't like the default look.

  • This is great. Is there anyway to pin an incognito version (private mode) to the taskbar? Aug 5, 2015 at 18:34
  • Browsers can start in that mode with a specific parameter (Opera -newprivatetab, IE -private, Chrome -incognito). According to MS -private should work for Edge, but we'll have to test this.
    – Overmind
    Aug 6, 2015 at 6:55
  • Where do you see Microsoft suggesting -private will work for edge? Even so, how could that be passed via "explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Micr.... " which is the only known way to create a shortcut? Aug 7, 2015 at 21:48
  • It's on their page.
    – Overmind
    Aug 12, 2015 at 5:42
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    Thanks, but "it's on their page" isn't helpful. I submit there's no currently known way to add a -private or any parameters to an Edge shortcut at this time. You can launch a site using "microsoft-edge:www.cnn.com" Or "%windir%\explorer.exe microsoft-edge:www.cnn.com" but I've found no way to add -private parameter. Aug 12, 2015 at 14:59

To create a new shortcut from the existing shortcut file, you can also enter this path into file explorer:


Scroll to Microsoft Edge, then and drag or right click to create a new shortcut. I used this method to put Edge in the startup folder.

  • the shortcut is exactly the same as in @Overmind's answer
    – maoizm
    Apr 26, 2017 at 12:40
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    That's fair. However I'd rather use the GUI to create a GUI shortcut than the command line to create a GUI shortcut.
    – Yanzzee
    May 1, 2017 at 21:48

Not sure when this changed, but in my version of Windows 10 (21H1 - 19043.1023) the executable for Edge is located in: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe

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    The author's question was specifically with regards to Legacy Edge, not Chromium Edge which has a different installation directory entirely.
    – Ramhound
    May 31, 2021 at 18:19
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    That's not really clear from the question. I suppose it's implied based on the time it was asked. But this question is the top result on Google if you look up "where is Edge installed?". I'm pretty sure anyone looking for that today is asking about the Chromium version.
    – nVitius
    Jun 2, 2021 at 6:41
  • @nVitius - this is exactly what I was looking for - Having an answer for Chromium Edge is wonderful, even if this post was made before Chromium Edge existed. Google doesn't differentiate, and neither did this post. Huzzah!
    – k1dfr0std
    Feb 13 at 10:44

You can launch Microsoft Edge in private mode by using this AutoHotkey-script:

Run %windir%\explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge
Sleep 1000
Send ^+P

The Open With addon needs the command line to have the %s so that the currently open site gets launched in Edge. C:\Windows\explorer.exe "microsoft-edge:%s"


On my system, Microsoft Edge is really installed at:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe

Create a shortcut as normal in Explorer. This loads much more quickly than the strange %windir%\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe re-direction.

The final shortcut has Target set to one of:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe

or if you prefer:


Copy and strip off \msedge.exe for the Start in parameter of the shortcut.


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