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How do you disable Microsoft Edge? Who uses it anyways?

Dec 7, 2018 5:35PM PST

Hi, has anyone completely disabled Windows Edge, it seems to be always running in the background? I don't want it and have been unable to disable or remove permanently. Who uses Edge anyways when you have decent browsers like Chrome or Firefox? Your input will be appreciated. Thanks!

--Submitted by Brian S.

Post was last edited on December 14, 2018 3:05 PM PST

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Why bother to disable it?
Dec 7, 2018 6:42PM PST

I do not know what you mean by "running in the background." If you have evidence of this, then it would be very helpful to let us know about it. However, having multiple browsers on your computer is normal now, and it is not harmful in any way. It would do no good to try to disable or remove Microsoft Edge because Microsoft has direct access to your computer and will just undo whatever you did.

The only reason Microsoft Edge has ever been opened on my computer is on those rare occasions when I find a site that really won't run properly on any other browser. My default is Firefox. Those who refuse to be standards compliant often write their sites for Chrome, so that is my next effort. Only when both Firefox and Chrome have failed do I open up Edge to check the functionality of the site. I have yet to find that I need it.

It would be nice if companies would hire real professionals to create their sites who can actually follow W3C standards, but they keep hiring overpriced amateurs who do not know what they are doing. It is a good thing to keep at least these three browsers on your system because of that. If you actually develop any sites yourself, make sure that you follow W3C guidelines and also check them in all three browsers and any others you can find.

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A Pet Peeve
Dec 8, 2018 7:24AM PST

You have voiced one of my pet peeves, websites that do not adhere to W3C standards. A companion pet peeve is browsers that are not more-or-less tolerant of web designer errors in that regard. Either way, it results in pages that cannot be viewed properly.

I was a member of the original W3C consortium. Back in the days of HTML 1.0, some early browsers, notably Netscape, invented non-standard tags that worked only on their own browsers. But some of these were so useful and impactful that they were worthwhile nonetheless -- static background images on Netscape being one of the earliest must-haves of the non-standard tags. Of course, those that were worthwhile were often incorporated into the next set of standards but still... The early Microsoft browsers were particularly rife with non-standard capabilities, and developers who wrote exclusively for those browsers made pages that were unreadable on other browsers.

Back in the early days there used to be this browser called "Arena" which was a must-have for any conscientious web developer. It would report back anything on a page that did not rigorously adhere to W3C standards.

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It is also one of my pet peeves
Dec 8, 2018 11:12AM PST

I am far from a professional web developer, but I do know HTML and I have created websites. The W3C standards are excellent and they are safe. There is no need to venture outside of them. Any professional web developer will know that only standards-compliant sites are acceptable. Anyone who does not know this is an amateur. I am an amateur, and I know it! There is no excuse for this nonsense. When I have sites I am doing business with tell me what browser to use, I always reply that they need to fire their webmasters and hire someone who knows what they are doing.

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I've upset web developers many times.
Dec 8, 2018 12:19PM PST
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What sites do you visit?!
Dec 14, 2018 6:09PM PST

It's been a long time since I've been to a site that wouldn't work in Chrome, if ever. I'm genuinely curious what sites you've ever found that will only work in Edge, that's honestly worth note.

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One That Won't Work?
Dec 14, 2018 10:19PM PST

Try Microsoft Update or Windows Update. Neither of those work without Edge being on the machine regardless of what your "default" browser is.

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Just leave it
Dec 14, 2018 6:51PM PST

It does nothing and sooner or later you will find something that needs it to look at it properly. In the registry can make inoperable but that will hurt you on updates and large content upgrades to fail.

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Why Bother Changing?
Dec 17, 2018 10:23AM PST

I have been an MS user since the days of the Commodore PET, the Amiga, and the latest PC version. I see no reason to use any other software for the operating system and now use Win 10 with Edge. I have never found a problem with this approach, so I would not disable it, and certainly not "bother" with a competing browser. KISS

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Leave it Be
Dec 7, 2018 7:17PM PST

I use it but not all the time. it is still necessary to get into several institutions to whom I owe money. not a bad browser but still a work in progress. far better then the IS series b4 it.

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Startup and Logon programs
Dec 7, 2018 8:16PM PST

Download "Autoruns" ; this gives control over which programs run when you start your computer.

You can also go to : - Administrative Tools > Services > Remote Registry , and set it to Disabled, along with other horrible security risks which allow remote access. This will probably not work on the crappy Home Edition.

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Disabling Edge
Dec 7, 2018 10:14PM PST

I found a link with instructions on how to disable and remove Edge on Windows. These instructions are for Windows 10. Here is the link.


Saving an exported copy of the bookmarks or Favorites is important to do. This way, you will not lose your bookmarks.

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A Key Point
Dec 8, 2018 2:32PM PST

On that website you suggested, the author reminds you that your computer can become unstable if you remove edge. For example, I don't use edge anymore but once you start using Microsoft Apps (like update) many of them call up Edge even if your default browser is set to something else. So, why remove something that can cause an issue with instability if removed? I just leave it alone. It's interesting that you can install or uninstall IE 11 as a Windows component.

Besides, if you go through the semi-annual updates, you might find it reappearing anyway and, as others have pointed out, some websites need to be viewed in it.

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disabling edge
Dec 14, 2018 6:21PM PST

in windows 10 Settings, you can "Terminate", Repair, Reset, or Uninstall, Edge and it does not effect your windows 10, if you want to get rid of it. BTW the latest version is faster than Chrome, or Firefox, both of which I also use.

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Can You Still Run Microsoft Update?
Dec 14, 2018 10:23PM PST

Last I looked, trying to get into Microsoft Update required Edge, even if your default is something else. Test it out and let us know.

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Several Issues
Dec 8, 2018 7:14AM PST

As a web developer since the first days of the web (and a data communications specialist before that all the way back to the days of Xmodem and before), I have got to admit that I don't know what you are talking about. I have all the major browsers on my devices and test all the pages I design on all of them, and although I have not in any way disabled Edge on any of the four computers I have in my home, it is not associated with any of the processes running in the background on any of them. It is present on my computer, but does not run unless I execute it.

I have only used four browsers as my defaults since the WWW first came into being -- Lynx when I only had VT-100 and WY-50 dumb terminals, Mosaic, Netscape, and, almost forever now, Firefox. There was a period back there a decade or so ago when Microsoft actually required Internet Explorer to accomplish basic functions of the user interface, but EU antitrust actions put a stop to that.

But actually, Edge is an excellent and fast browser, and there are some web pages (notably, for a while after their recent redesign, NBC News) that would only display properly on Edge. While Firefox remains my default, I use Edge next most often, followed by Chrome, Opera, Safari and Tor.

There is no reason to disable or remove Edge. It is actually a good and unobtrusive product. It isn't eating clock cycles, it isn't spying on you, and occasionally it proves itself useful even when you have other browsers available.

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Simplest Way To Turn Off EDGE?
Dec 8, 2018 11:41AM PST

See if this makes sense. At home we use a well-know little program called CCleaner (pronounced see-kleener). For anyone not familiar with CCleaner it basically searches for all the temporary files that build up in Windows. Often referred to as junk files, these include the internet browser "cache" files from Edge, Chrome and other internet browsers you may have.

On Windows 10 we mainly use Chrome browser. Yet, when we run CCleaner we get a message saying "Microsoft Edge needs to be closed before we can clean out its cache and temp files" or words to that effect. This message appeared even if we hadn't been using Edge at all. I discovered that Edge was set as our Default browser. Changing the Default browser to Chrome resolved the issue. CCleaner stopped telling us to close Edge for cleaning. BUT, there's a Catch 22 here. Each time Windows 10 gets a big update our Default browser gets reset to Edge - arghh! Equally annoying, Windows 10 big updates reset our home networking settings to their default values and that messes up our file and folder sharing, especially sharing music and recorded TV shows from our HTPC (a Windows 8.1 PC with Media Center recording ability) to other computers in the house.

So, try this. Click on Start and type default or default programs. Select from the list of results. On the default programs or apps page scroll to find Browser and check the box for a browser other than Edge, then Save/OK/whatever. I'm also trying to remember if Edge, Cortana, and Bing search are all tied together? Can't remember, but we have all of them disabled as far as possible. Bing search results often don't show the results we want, and Cortana is, well, too intrusive on privacy for me to be happy to use it.

I kinda liked Microsoft Edge to begin with, but it had some glitchy problems on favorite websites so I quickly abandoned it, and only use it now for the occasional page where it displays better than Chrome.

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I'd use it
Dec 14, 2018 5:50PM PST

I found Edge to be quick, and compliant with standards, so I'd have still been using it if I weren't a developer needing all the dev tools available in Firefox or Chrome.

Also don't use Chrome if you care about your privacy on any level.

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It looks like Edge will soon be just like Chrome.
Dec 14, 2018 5:55PM PST
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I went I think to the extreme to get rid of it.
Dec 14, 2018 5:57PM PST

I have a very old computer and a laptop with a partly damaged hard drive. Windows 10 makes my desktop which is 12 or 13 years old an hour to do anything. laptop would not work with Windows anymore. A laptop is only a couple years old. I went with linux operating system. Works great in both computers! Takes a little while to get used to the different terminology. Very fast and uses hardly any of the hard disk.

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A waste of time.
Dec 14, 2018 6:25PM PST

Don't micromanage your OS or it will become the bane of your existence. Yeah, I occasionally find it MS Edge is open for some reason but it's not snooping on me and I would irreversibly damage my OS if I tried to remove it. Instead just optimize your system and don't pet the sweaty things... or sweat the... you know what I mean.

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Windows 10 LTSB
Dec 14, 2018 6:32PM PST

See if you can purchase the Windows 10 LTSB version.

This is the write up I saw about it:

"LTSB is a licensing option for Windows 10 Enterprise and is available only for customers with a Volume License agreement. Each LTSB release receives standard monthly security and reliability updates for an extended 10-year support period. No new features are added over its servicing lifetime."

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CCleaner says it'running in the background.....always
Dec 14, 2018 7:22PM PST

Run CCleaner and it tells you it's always running in the background, and most always you have to force-close it. Nefarious? Maybe not, but why is it continuously using background resources even when you don't use it?

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Microsoft Services Does
Dec 14, 2018 10:27PM PST

If ANY of Microsoft Services (Update, for example) needs to get stuff from any Microsoft site, guess which browser it will use?

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Re: CCleaner always running
Dec 15, 2018 1:56AM PST

Disable that in Task Manager>Startup . Then it won't run.

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I use Edge
Dec 14, 2018 8:23PM PST

I was a professional developer for over 40 years, 20 of which predate WWW and HTML. I've coded for most browsers and dealt with the BS syntax differences. I have I guess 20 years as coder on websites.

I admit I use Edge almost exclusively except for 2-3 sites that expressly did not even allow Edge to load. Said I needed a more current browser. I've not been back to those sites.

I have Edge, IE, Chrome now and that would be my preference. But I really don't care as they all behave the same or should.

I'm a content guy. I don't like gadgets that slow load times.

There will always be those who nit pick browsers and have favorites. People, just get over it. Use what you like. Folks who code to standard and only release well tested code on all browsers won't have bad web sites.

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Seldom use Edge Will not use Chrome
Dec 15, 2018 8:19AM PST

I use Firefox. Why? Because it has less if any default to highest paying advertiser. Which is strange because I use Google as default in Firefox. but a simple search, say an objects name and in Firefox/Google the search goes to info on the title. In chrome/Google it goes to nearest advertiser closest to that name. Edge not as bad as Chrome but same results.

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Edge is good enough
Dec 14, 2018 8:31PM PST

Microsoft Edge works well. I never used Chrome or Firefox because Internet Explorer and then Edge worked well enough to use daily on Windows. I am surprise that people still use Firefox or Chrome.

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Edge is the Best. Listen up
Dec 14, 2018 9:05PM PST

Well now, Edge is the safest, the fastest and the best. Never be led into Firefox or Chrome. Whoa bad

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That is a ridiculous position to take
Dec 14, 2018 11:09PM PST

Every person is different and every person will have different needs and preferences. Edge is not "the best." That is an entirely subjective judgment. There is nothing to back it up. There is nothing wrong with either Firefox or Chrome. Your personal preferences do not apply to anyone else.