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 '15 at 10:49
  • @DanielB, I am from India and I have windows 10 Home edition – Naman Gala Aug 4 '15 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 '15 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 '15 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 '17 at 21:08

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 '16 at 19:34
  • 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 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? – Brad Bamford Aug 5 '15 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 '15 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? – Brad Bamford Aug 7 '15 at 21:48
  • It's on their page. – Overmind Aug 12 '15 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. – Brad Bamford Aug 12 '15 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 '17 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 '17 at 21:48

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"

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