Windows Update installed Edge. Can I safely Uninstall it?

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  1. Posts : 34
    Windows 10 Home (1909)
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    Windows Update installed Edge. Can I safely Uninstall it?


    Hi all


    I have Windows 10 Home edition (ver 1909).

    In one of the first Windows Updates after I got this laptop,
    Microsoft installed the Edge browser on this computer, without asking me, without me choosing anything.

    And that was despite the fact that I already installed a nice browser, which I like and use.
    (Firefox)


    Windows Update installed Edge.  Can I safely Uninstall it?-edge_folders.png


    If I goto the Apps and Features setting page,
    Edge has its Uninstall button Enabled.

    So I can click it, and uninstall it,
    the question is If it will stay uninstalled, or will it be again auto-installed by Microsoft, via Windows Update,
    without asking me....


    Anyone has experience with this?


    Thank you
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    Note that from 20H2 new Edge is built in to the O/S and delivered with it.
    The new Microsoft Edge is now mandatory in Windows 10 20H2

    So when you upgrade to that build, for example, you will get Edge.

    MS effectively regards it as part of the O/S. You can expect some updates and certainly upgrades to include it.

    Don't expect to be asked whether you want Edge or not. It's part of the package. If you remove it, in a way that's a hack.

    I wonder what happens if you remove Edge then click to get information on what's shown on the lock screen by Spotlight?
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  3. Posts : 34
    Windows 10 Home (1909)
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Oh I see.

    Also since I do pan to format this laptop and install the latest Windows 10 Home as a clean install,
    then it means that I will get Edge anyhow.

    So I won't remove it.


    Thank you very much for this info..
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  4. zebal's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 20H2 (Build: 19042.867)
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  5. Posts : 34
    Windows 10 Home (1909)
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Remember the days where the EU sued (and fined) Microsoft for embedding products and being a monopoly?
    Those were good days.

    Microsoft was more careful.

    They would have never thought of making Windows Update not have Checkboxes near the items, back then..
    Not to mention privacy..
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  6. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 18,614
    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    spaceman5 said:
    ...Microsoft installed the Edge browser on this computer, without asking me, without me choosing anything. And that was despite the fact that I already installed a nice browser, which I like and use. (Firefox)

    If I goto the Apps and Features setting page, Edge has its Uninstall button Enabled...
    As dalchina explained, in 20H2 the new Chromium Edge is installed as part of the OS and cannot be uninstalled.

    Windows Update installed Edge.  Can I safely Uninstall it?-image.png

    This is no different from the Legacy Edge that you had before the upgrade to the new Edge, that couldn't be uninstalled either.

    But having Edge (new or old) installed is of no consequence, it doesn't stop you using your favourite Firefox (and mine) as your default browser.

    Windows Update installed Edge.  Can I safely Uninstall it?-image.png
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  7. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 18,614
    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    spaceman5 said:
    Remember the days where the EU sued (and fined) Microsoft for embedding products and being a monopoly?
    Those were good days.
    Microsoft was more careful.....
    The 'browser wars' were something of a non-event, browsers being a non-commercial product now (if they ever were). Where the EU dug their heels in was in relation to Media Applications. MS still has to produce the N version of Windows specifically to meet EU regulations.

    N editions of Windows include the same functionality as other editions of Windows, except for media-related technologies, Windows Media Player, and certain preinstalled media apps (Groove, Movies & TV, Voice Recorder, and Skype). The Media Feature Pack provides a way for a customer to restore these excluded technologies.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...9-a4bb980a700a
    Last edited by Bree; 2 Weeks Ago at 16:36.
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  8. Posts : 34
    Windows 10 Home (1909)
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Bree said:
    But having Edge (new or old) installed is of no consequence, it doesn't stop you using your favourite Firefox (and mine) as your default browser.

    But it is a 1GB of waste of my SSD..

    Windows Update installed Edge.  Can I safely Uninstall it?-edge_folders1.png



    Bree:
    N continues till today, with Windows 10 even?
    That's a surprise.

    So why when going to Windows 10 ISO Download page, one cannot see N being offered there?
    There's a special page for it?
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  9. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 18,614
    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    spaceman5 said:
    So why when going to Windows 10 ISO Download page, one cannot see N being offered there?
    There's a special page for it?

    No, the ISO for Windows 10 includes many different editions. You chose which to use at install time, or rather it is chosen for you if you install on a machine with an embedded key in its bios firmware. All machines built and supplied by the OEM with Windows 8 or later pre-installed have their key in the firmware, machines built exclusively for distribution in the EU market will have a key for an N version.

    My Windows 10 20H2 ISO made by the Media Creation Tool from that download page contains: Home, Home N, Home Single Language, Education, Education N, Pro, and Pro N.

    See Full Details about a Windows 10 ISO file or USB

    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.19042.870]
    (c) 2020 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>dism /get-wiminfo /wimfile:F:\x64\sources\install.esd
    
    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 10.0.19041.844
    
    Details for image : F:\x64\sources\install.esd
    
    Index : 1
    Name : Windows 10 Home
    Description : Windows 10 Home
    Size : 15,457,361,088 bytes
    
    Index : 2
    Name : Windows 10 Home N
    Description : Windows 10 Home N
    Size : 14,677,181,560 bytes
    
    Index : 3
    Name : Windows 10 Home Single Language
    Description : Windows 10 Home Single Language
    Size : 15,438,459,233 bytes
    
    Index : 4
    Name : Windows 10 Education
    Description : Windows 10 Education
    Size : 15,688,021,290 bytes
    
    Index : 5
    Name : Windows 10 Education N
    Description : Windows 10 Education N
    Size : 14,917,277,821 bytes
    
    Index : 6
    Name : Windows 10 Pro
    Description : Windows 10 Pro
    Size : 15,686,380,629 bytes
    
    Index : 7
    Name : Windows 10 Pro N
    Description : Windows 10 Pro N
    Size : 14,913,970,225 bytes
    
    The operation completed successfully.
    
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>
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  10. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 18,614
    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    spaceman5 said:
    But it is a 1GB of waste of my SSD..
    Windows Update installed Edge.  Can I safely Uninstall it?-edge_folders1.png
    With your 66GB C: partition I can see why that may be a concern.

    Your EdgeWebView is an Office Add-in, required as part of Office 365. https://developer.microsoft.com/en-u...ffice-add-ins/

    I don't have EdgeWebView, but I do have your other folders. They can be set as Compressed for a 30% saving in occupied disk space.

    Compress or Uncompress Files and Folders in Windows 10

    Windows Update installed Edge.  Can I safely Uninstall it?-image.png
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