How do I get rid of Microsoft Edge and Skype on Windows 10 Pro ? They mysteriously installed themselfs

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new edge is basically a reskinned Chromium product. Your only way to avoid this on Win 10 is using a LTSB/C OS.
 

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This is how you can uninstall Skype and Edge on your Windows 10 device:
1. Power on your Windows 10 computer and then press either the Windows key on your keyboard or click the Windows button located at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.
2. Scroll through the applications on your computer, and then right-click on the Skype/Edge app and click "Uninstall" from the pop-up menu.

I hope this helps!
 

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The New edge is nice but has its bugs and other issues. Both of these are pre-installed like Internet Exploreer used to be. Justin hits it on the head.
Reapers adds a good point. Just remove from your taskbar and ignore it!
 

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Firefox ftw.
Expect when it fails which unfortunately seems to be the case more and more. It's still my preferred browser but there are some sites and web based interfaces that it just doesn't handle well.
It's biggest advantage is the fact that it still allows you more granular control over the add ins. Edge and Chrome have made it harder to actually use your own AV and instead have to depend on their tracking infested security.
 

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just don't use it...the default browser is a core component of W10 (according to MS)...
 

criccio

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How do you uninstall Skype? You just uninstall it.

Edge you use to download your browser of choice then ignore it like we did for years before like with IE. There is no "needing to keep it updated".
 

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I hate this.
Here you go. Blocks both the old Edge and new chromium version from hijacking your browsing and PDF viewing.

https://www.sordum.org/9312/edge-blocker-v1-6/

Edge_blocker_main.png
 

odditory

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Edge is part of Windows now, it's not going anywhere. Just set Firefox as the default browser.
Yeah, I remember hearing that about the last Edge. And that it was "too critical to Windows 10 to get rid of, yada yada". Total BS, just like every component Microsoft thinks they can force adoption of through making it uninstallable.

Fortunately you can rip Edge out altogether with MSMG Toolkit (free) or NTLite (paid), along with telemetry, cortana, and most of the other MS crapware, but the ISO has to be de-bloated pre-installation. This process is a little more involved than installing LTSC, but at least you can run the latest build of W10 Pro.
 
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The New edge is nice but has its bugs and other issues. Both of these are pre-installed like Internet Exploreer used to be. Justin hits it on the head.
Reapers adds a good point. Just remove from your taskbar and ignore it!
A wild astroturfer appears!
 

Domingo

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While Edge is obviously removable (from a technical standpoint), they make it pretty tough to get rid of since people need a browser of some sort. It keeps mom from uninstalling something she's never heard of ("I don't need this Edge program, and I can't find 'The Internet' anywhere!") and suddenly has no way to access the WWW to get another browser. It's easier just to lock it down.
 

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Stop making it personal. Edge is part of Windows now and isn’t going anywhere. You can either accept this fact and move on or continue letting it stress you out for no reason while ignoring reality.
As much as I hate this behaviour, it's been practically the same for most earlier windows versions, you could never quite completely get rid of IE as it was needed for some internal dialogues and functionality. I did however disable it down as much as possible it would then sometimes cause weird functionality issues when things would try run IE for some update etc and find out it was stuck at an incredibly limited/stripped down IE8 or whatever.. lol
 

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Use powershell in admin prompt:

Skype:
Code:
Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
 

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Use powershell in admin prompt:

Skype:
Code:
Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

This kinda stuff is helpful, I suppose. I'm really trying to be positive here. However, what on earth is wrong with all the completely normal and sensible people who just told him to right click uninstall it multiple times in this thread already? Hell I just did that on my new laptop and its gone. Two seconds.

I don't understand why things need to be made more complicated than they need to be?
 

odditory

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This kinda stuff is helpful, I suppose. I'm really trying to be positive here. However, what on earth is wrong with all the completely normal and sensible people who just told him to right click uninstall it multiple times in this thread already? Hell I just did that on my new laptop and its gone. Two seconds.

I don't understand why things need to be made more complicated than they need to be?
Ask Microsoft. Because they made Edge uninstallable from a certain build forward, and depending on what build #, it may or may not be uninstallable. Example in build 1909, right-clicking Edge -> Uninstall doesn't do anything. The people saying "just hide the icon lol" are also not helpful.

Microsoft trying to force people to use their crapware by hardcoding out what was once customizable or removable turns a lot of people off. And their user-hostile mentality stretches back to at least the early beta's of Windows 8, when they removed the regkey that let you restore the classic start menu, believing it would force people to use the fullscreen metro-tiled nightmare.
 
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Ask Microsoft. Because they made Edge uninstallable from a certain build forward, and depending on what build #, it may or may not be uninstallable. Example in build 1909, right-clicking Edge -> Uninstall doesn't do anything.

The people saying "just hide the icon lol" are also not helpful.

I, and the person I quoted, was talking about Skype.
 

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Yeah, I remember hearing that about the last Edge. And that it was "too critical to Windows 10 to get rid of, yada yada". Total BS, just like every component Microsoft thinks they can force adoption of through making it uninstallable.

Oddly, there was some truth at one time (not anymore). Way back then, MSIE and "Explorer" had a lot of common parts ... well, more integrated. You could tell that Microsoft wanted "Explorer" to be a sort of KDE Konqueror... a "browser" for whatever (browsing your filesystem, browsing the Internet, etc..).

The EU (it was the EU, right?) decision to "force" the divorce of MSIE was a bit more painful IMHO than people realize for Microsoft. It ruined an "idea" they were toying with.
 

odditory

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I, and the person I quoted, was talking about Skype.
Cool, the point stands that Microsoft makes stealth changes from build to build, and often makes things uninstallable, so you can't just assume they are.

In any case it's a bit weird to be so bothered by the suggestion of a powershell command as an alternate way to uninstall something.
 

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Cool, the point stands that Microsoft makes stealth changes from build to build, and often makes things uninstallable, so you can't just assume they are.

In any case it's a bit weird to be so bothered by the suggestion of a powershell command as an alternate way to uninstall something.
its the long convoluted way of doing it and is usually only used if there is a problem with add/remove.
 

criccio

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Cool, the point stands that Microsoft makes stealth changes from build to build, and often makes things uninstallable, so you can't just assume they are.

In any case it's a bit weird to be so bothered by the suggestion of a powershell command as an alternate way to uninstall something.

I don't feel i'm that bothered, I was curious why it was felt that it was needed, especially 5 days later. It felt a little like the thread wasn't read and trying to make things complicated for complexity's sake. But what do I know, my computers have edge installed and I sleep great lol
 

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Microsoft trying to force people to use their crapware by hardcoding out what was once customizable or removable turns a lot of people off. And their user-hostile mentality stretches back to at least the early beta's of Windows 8, when they removed the regkey that let you restore the classic start menu, believing it would force people to use the fullscreen metro-tiled nightmare.
There's a logical reason they are stubborn with their browser staying in the OS. A lot of business tools (ie. multi-factor authentications, cloud-hosted services) either use browsers or parts of browsers for their function. MS is giving those tools a "this OS will always have [browser] on it" anchor for these software makers to code against. They don't have to deal with the intricacies of figuring out every single browser. MS admittedly sucks at staying consistent with this, to the point that they threw in the towel and just went with Chromium for the engine.

I see this more and more at work. There's one particular tool that briefly throws up a mini window rendered by a hardcoded browser. It *still* uses IE to render that window, because the software maker knows IE is on every supported version of Windows, and IE hasn't changed much in years so their stuff is unlikely to break by evolving standards or whatever. Anyone who deliberately tampers with IE breaks this app, which is "mission critical." It's stuff like this which is why IE is still buried away on Win10 machines. I have little doubt MS wanted Edge to take over this role but with Chromium now, who knows. IE may be lingering forever at this point.
 

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There's a logical reason they are stubborn with their browser staying in the OS. A lot of business tools (ie. multi-factor authentications, cloud-hosted services) either use browsers or parts of browsers for their function. MS is giving those tools a "this OS will always have [browser] on it" anchor for these software makers to code against. They don't have to deal with the intricacies of figuring out every single browser. MS admittedly sucks at staying consistent with this, to the point that they threw in the towel and just went with Chromium for the engine.

I see this more and more at work. There's one particular tool that briefly throws up a mini window rendered by a hardcoded browser. It *still* uses IE to render that window, because the software maker knows IE is on every supported version of Windows, and IE hasn't changed much in years so their stuff is unlikely to break by evolving standards or whatever. Anyone who deliberately tampers with IE breaks this app, which is "mission critical." It's stuff like this which is why IE is still buried away on Win10 machines. I have little doubt MS wanted Edge to take over this role but with Chromium now, who knows. IE may be lingering forever at this point.
This is exactly the reason why IE is the most hated browser ever built. They fooled developers to build on non-standards compliant IE and businesses were in trouble for years because of that. Some still are. Anyone tying themselves on MS platform is creating a huge liability for the company.
 

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What I don't get is that I uninstalled Skype from Windows Enterprise but I still get update notices for it and see a Skype process running in Task Manager. WTF?
 

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What I don't get is that I uninstalled Skype from Windows Enterprise but I still get update notices for it and see a Skype process running in Task Manager. WTF?

There any chance you had both the "classic" app and the UWP app? MS loves installing as many apps as possible by default.
 

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This kinda stuff is helpful, I suppose. I'm really trying to be positive here. However, what on earth is wrong with all the completely normal and sensible people who just told him to right click uninstall it multiple times in this thread already? Hell I just did that on my new laptop and its gone. Two seconds.

I don't understand why things need to be made more complicated than they need to be?

Meh, PowerShell on Windows is almost inescapable at some levels - there is literally no GUI analog for certain things in some MS products. Part of me likes this because once you get the hang of it, some things are _so much_ faster and easier in it. Bulk operations especially in like AD or Office 365 are incredibly easier (or just outright not possible in the GUI).

Also check out the Out-GridView cmdlet, it'll open a list that you can pick and choose from. Select whatever you want to be removed and hit OK.

Code:
Get-AppxPackage | Out-GridView -PassThru | Remove-AppPackage

These are the bundled apps that will be installed for any new user logging in.
Code:
Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Out-GridView -PassThru | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online
 

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There any chance you had both the "classic" app and the UWP app? MS loves installing as many apps as possible by default.
It's possible. I think it originally got installed with Office 2013. There are 5 instances showing in Task Manager but nothing is in my start menu or in control panel programs and features.
 

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One of these days they're going to let you put those damned UWP apps in folders...5 years too late.
I'm OCD when it comes to my start menu and it irritates me to no end that I can't sort, hide, or do anything with those stupid apps.
 

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There any chance you had both the "classic" app and the UWP app? MS loves installing as many apps as possible by default.
Alternately it could be one of the pesky updates hidden int he task scheduler. Even though you removed it still has the stupid updater running. working on a script to get rid of those stupid schedule tasks for stuff my customers don't use like OneDrive and others like Adobe, Firefox, Google, etc... that we handle with MSP controlled updates that run when we schedule them not checking every hour of everyday!
Also since we can control the updates when a browser breaks something likely we haven't yet pushed the brokien version out whereas if you have the auto update and scheduled doing it you may be stuck and have to uninstall and find the old version to reinstall AND still have to make sure it doesn't try to update!
 

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Skype is in a weird hybrid state currently. It was a purely desktop app, then they tried to make a UWP app, which they made the default, but the UWP app didn't really pan out, so they've made the current Win10 version a desktop app that installs and updates like a store app. If you have an old Win10 installation there may be traces of the different versions.

On my Win10 test machine I just went to Programs & Features, found Skype, and uninstalled it.
 
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