How to remove Internet Explorer on Windows 10

Although Microsoft Edge is your new default web browser (soon to be replaced with a version based on Chromium), Windows 10 still ships with Internet Explorer 11 as a legacy feature to support sites using old web technologies.

However, since the web has been evolving rapidly, developers are no longer maintaining sites for Internet Explorer, and you have plenty of other choices (including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Microsoft Edge), there's no reason to keep using the old browser as it can now only lead to security and stability problems.

If you no longer have a need for Internet Explorer 11, you can remove the browser in at least two different ways on Windows 10 using Control Panel and PowerShell.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to remove Internet Explorer 11 from your device.

How to uninstall Internet Explorer using Control Panel

To remove Internet Explorer 11 from Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. On the right pane, under "Related settings," click the Program and Features option.

  1. On the left pane, click the Turn Windows features on or off option.

  1. Clear the Internet Explorer 11 option.

  1. Click the OK button.
  2. Click the Yes button to confirm.
  3. Click the Restart now button.

Once you complete the steps, Internet Explorer 11 will be removed from your computer. Searching the "Internet Explorer" will highlight Microsoft Edge in the Start menu, and the "Open with Internet Explorer" option will be available in the main menu, but it won't work.

Using this method will remove the browser from your device, but not the files. If you need the old browser back, you can use the same instructions, but on step No. 6, make sure to check the Internet Explorer 11 option.

How to uninstall Internet Explorer using PowerShell

Alternatively, you can use PowerShell to remove Internet Explorer 11 from Windows 10. This is a particularly useful option when managing multiple computers and you want to create a script to save time uninstalling the app.

To remove IE11 using PowerShell commands, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to disable Internet Explorer 11 and press Enter:Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -FeatureName Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64 –Online

  1. Type Y and press Enter to confirm

After completing the steps, your device will restart to complete the process, and then IE will be gone from your installation.

If for some reason, you need the browser back, you can use the instructions, but on step No. 3, use this command instead:

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -FeatureName Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64 –Online

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Updated February 14, 2019: This guide has been revised to make sure it's current with the latest version of Windows 10.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

134 Comments
  • Say what you want, but IE is an ICON of all web browser. As of that it does not deserve to be deleted.
  • The tip I want is how to install Windows 8.1 IE touch version on Windows 10. Do that and I'm all in. 😄
  • Yo, that version was GREAT!!!
  • Metro IE was great on Surface far superior to split personality Edge
  • And Windows 8 mobile IE.
    With the Adressbar in reach of my thumb. *sign* I really do miss Windows Phone 8 /10 Mobile. Since i retired my Lumia 820 i don't use my Smartphone that much anymore, so that's the good thing.
  • Also Edge is a POC that can't display all my common sites correctly. Only thing I want to get rid of is the stupid smiley face in IE. I'd also like to see some IE fixes on 8.1 it's becoming more and more unstable (seemingly due to page advertisements).
  • If your website can't be properly displayed in Edge then you are not following standards correctly and are just writing for Chrome.
  • Or they have a badly implemented IE-Fallback that thinks Edge is IE.
  • Edge totally has went to trash on my PC. Freezes extremely bad. Seems to cause a lot of issues! Just switched to FF a week ago and have no longer had any kind of issue like those that I believe Edge caused! I had been using Edge since the beginning!!
  • Sadly, when I installed the latest version of the Insider Preview it removed IE from my computer. I haven't been able to find a way to reinstall it, either.
  • Try following the instructions in the article " If you need the old browser back, you can use the same instructions, but on step No. 6, make sure to check the Internet Explorer 11 option."
  • To others, it is the symbol of anti-competitive behavior and have been wanting to get rid of it lol.
  • A icon of the world wide web being a mess for years with strange Ms style standards.
    It is an Icon alright.
  • IE is an icon of everything that is against the open web, I agree. Just like Chrome
  • Why? I still use IE all the time. Hate Edge.
  • So don't do it. Should all align to you ?
  • I'm in a worst situation, Edge do not render correctly several pages and leaks memory and I have no option to change to another browser if the link is open from any UWP... Hate that
  • Yes you should.
  • I don't hate Edge, but yes IE is still my primary browser and still has better compatibility with websites.
  • That's just simply not true. It may work better for some sites (those specifically designed for IE), but the number of sites that will not work on IE at all is a much longer list.
  • What websites tho? I surf the internet A LOT and have never come across a website that doesn't work with modern browsers, if I did I wouldn't use that website, if they can't keep up with the times why should I use their website?
  • I know some websites like the one I use in my workplace to get my check stubs and apply for leave and vacation.
  • Yeah, that's the reason we are still stuck with IE: Weird ActiveX Intranet Apps. I have seen things out there, I just wanted to shout at the dev: WHHHHYYYYYYY? And of cause the same for the IT Purchaser who bought that.
  • Why though? There are other browsers not just Edge, move on and come join us in 2019
  • Been using Chrome for years, when Edge first came out it was buggy, crashing constantly and I had no confidence in it. I've never had the need or desire to try Edge again. I still use IE sometimes
  • Microsoft really did themselves a disservice by releasing Edge (and making it the default in Windows 10) before it was ready. As of the Anniversary update, it's much better (much more stable, supports extensions, etc). It's actually noticably faster than Chrome in my anecdotal usage, and does a much better job of text rendering. I still use Chrome for development (mostly because I'm just more familiar with the debugging tools), but Edge is definitely a viable browser at this point for just surfing the web.
  • Edge on the Creatives Update is getting much better than the Anniversary update as well. At least it seems to. More features, more stability, and quicker :).
  • Currently? Nah. Certainly not more stable, can't tell if faster.
  • Can't talk about Chrome, but Vivaldi and Edge haven't caused a crash in at least a year. So more stable? No. But as stable as it can be.
  • It's always' been noticeable faster than all other browsers really. Can't wait to see Edge 15 wipe the floor with everything yet again.
  • Congrats on using ****
  • Choices for password protection are MUCH better with IE's superior Ext support.
  • Considering how buried it is and the fact that Edge will still be there, what's the point LOL.
  • As much as I dislike IE, legacy support still works best. at work, ONLY ie works with various systems.... which ARE new and do not work in FF/Chrome or Edge.
  • My wife's company uses W10 but removes Edge from the systems leaving only Chrome for Internet sites and IE11 for Intranet and legacy applications.
  • They actually remove Edge? Why?
  • Your wife's company likes being spied, I see
  • Wow the IT for your wife's company is dumb. Edge is more secure and more reliable than Chrome.
  • If the company forces you on Chrome (and the company is not a sub of Alphabet), the company is stupid.
  • I love Edge, but it doesn't always work. Heck, DirecTV Now launch with a Silverlight website. Forced to use IE. Just got an email from nascar.com though, says premium supports Edge and not IE now, so that's good.
  • I keep mine for one reason.  On the odd chance a site requires Flash.  I refuse to turn it on with Edge
  • So you have manually installed the Flash plugin on your computer just so you can use it in an obsolete insecure browser for the 'odd' website that still requires Flash, a website that must be so old running who knows what obsolete code? Having an install of Chrome or Firefox for those 'dodgy odd' Flash websites would be a better solution.
    I can't tell you how to live your life but you're living it wrong IMO.
  • I use Edge or if I need a different browser I use MSN Explorer, ya I know who uses Explorer any more (ME) lol. It was free back when I 1st took DSL with Verizon, which they stopped Supporting it all together and let MSFT take care of it.
    So now it's no longer free since late 2000's.
    I pay $60 year, but am now on Cable for internet.
    Comcast 150MBPS.
    DSL need's to go away, to slow and out of date way outta date.😁
    But my Problem is u get to choices DSL or Cable on Cape Cod.
    There is another internet provider here waiting to start up, open Cape Net.
    They run Fiber through my Neighborhood about 2 yrs ago.
    It going to be 1 GBPS for $40 a month can't wait for that to start up.
  • Don't delete internet explorer. simple as that ...you may need it in legacy situations
  • What legacy situations though? Maybe in niche enterprise situations but for consumers I've never come across a website that has been broken in a modern browser, if I did I wouldn't use that website because I'm not going to support a website or a company that can't keep up with the times.
  • Why remove IE?
    So you can install chrome. Puft.
    IE is the most complete browser
  • Nah, don't need to remove it. You can never have too many browsers. ;) In Windows 10, IE is still superior to Edge in many ways.  Has a lovely menu bar and status bar.  Better compatibility with many sites.  Offers better extension support.  And strangely, offers those task bar jump lists, unlike Edge (Just right-click on both to see the difference.) I know, years of dominance let MS get sloppy and gave IE a bad reputation.  But it got better since those IE6 days.
  • On my computer I have chrome, opera, IE, Firefox and Edge. Regular internet browsing - Edge
    Built in no ad internet browsing + built in vpn - Opera
    Sites that don't work on Edge/Opera - Chrome
    Firefox and IE are there just in case 😉. So yes, you cannot have to many browsers.
  • What websites? Why are people still supporting websites that aren't keeping up with the modern world?
  • How do you remove Edge?
  • Yes, I want to know that too! I don't like Edge at all. It's the standard PDF reader as well in W10. Was a long seek to find out how to disable that. I use IE for 100%.
  • You can't, as Edge is not just an app, it's a part of the whole OS. Even if you managed to somehow remove the app, its core libraries, HTML engine etc.. would still remain there and be used by the OS for a multitude of things. For example, the WebView control used by hundreds of UWP apps is basically an embedded mini-Edge browser that uses its HTML engine.
  • I know. It is lame that it is so tied into the OS. Can they update it separately?
  • Well the thing is that every time they update it, they also update its engine, so those improvements are also available to all the apps that use that control as well.
    You can think of Edge as a wrapper for the HTML engine and all that stuff that's a core part of the OS rather than a program on its own.
    The better Edge becomes, the better do all those other UWP apps at the same time :)
    Plus, with the Anniversary Update Edge is already decent enough, give it time and you'll see that the new version in the Creators Update is even better and actually not bad at all as a daily browser.
  • They could separate all that stuff from the browser so they are free to rapidly develop Edge. How can they expect it to keep up with the competition with these shackles? https://www.netmarketshare.com/browser-market-share.aspx?qprid=1&qpcusto...
  • How do we remove Bleached?
  • Yes, remove all the dissenters so you are free to cheerlead Microsoft right into obscurity. I cannot understand why you are OK with these mediocre products. Don't you want Microsoft to do better?
  • We want Microsoft to do better. But we can do this by constructive criticism. You are always writing negative, offensive and hateful messages. If you hate Microsoft this much, why are you wasting time here?  
  • We need people like bleached. Open, democratic and free societies are successful precisely because we allow ALL opinions to be expressed.
  • bleached.exe has stopped working
  • Umm.....Why would anyone want to remove IE and just use Edge? Edge doesn't have Java or Flash support....which means alot of websites just plain doesnt work, and many just don't work properly with edge.
  • Only IE still allows Java plugins required for Oracle applications in E-Business Suite. Workflow and other user interfaces use Java plugins. Our business would be lost without IE.
  • Why?  It still works fine for most things.  I have been finding more and more sites that aren't displaying correctly in IE11, but it is still my first choice for a brwser.
  • But why are you clinging onto such an old browser? Modern browsers work fine too, you open one, go to webpages and when you're done you can close it, and actually offers security while you're doing it, how complicated are you making it?
  • Not complicated at all, it just works. Just because you don't like it, doesn't mean others don't. I actually prefer the interface to any of the other modern browsers, and Favorites are much easier to manage in IE than any other browser.
  • This is a very silly article. Must have been a slow news day. One reason to use IE11 is that it has a proper file menu with File/Send which then goes to Outlook Desktop. Try that in Edge.
  • And how to ditch Edge?    
  • I love this guy!
  • All I got from this article was the urge to put a shortcut to IE in my taskbar
  • Well, considering that your website forums don't even work with Edge, but work fine with IE11 (this is true on every single device I use--PC, tablet, smartphone) I'll stick with IE, thanks.
  • I don't use Edge but I just tried it and they work fine, it's a little slow cause of a lot of adverts but worked fine for me.
  • Edge is a PoCrap. I unable to use it with NetSuite which I use at work. Browsing shoping sites and ebay causes it to freeze. I will not use this junk. I have installed and run Chrome... and laugh at MS's allert telling me that Chrome uses 30% more battery. At works.. unlike Edge.
  • Go get a life..
  • Why would you get rid of IE? Some web pages still don't work properly in Edge, IE is a great work-around for when that happens.
  • Chrome? Opera?
  • What web sites though? If a website only supports IE in 2019 don't use it and let it die, it's their own fault for not moving with the times. And why is Edge 'the only replacement' install Firefox or Chrome and be done with it.
  • I wouldn't recommend removing IE, as some sites just do not work with Edge.  Maybe in another year or so.
  • But what makes Edge 'the only replacement'? Install Chrome or Firefox instead and be done with it.
  • Internet Explorer is the world's best award winning browser.
  • Why would I remove IE ? Edge so sucks shitballs
  • What makes Edge 'the only replacement'? Install Chrome or Firefox and come join us in 2019
  • You know, some people are not interested in Google stuff. Some people do not want to be the product.
  • Why in HELL would anyone want to remove IE from Windows 10, it runs rings around Edge in so many ways, not only that it actually works, whereas Edge works whenever it wants. People if you read this, don't be stupid, keep IE and delete Edge.
  • I don't know why there are any articles like this.. Why would any obe want to remove IE ? These guys are misleading us.. 😒
  • I don't want to use work 'misleading'. They made me do this.
  • These articles are even sadder than the time when NOKIA was abandoned 😭
  • Good riddance.  IE was alwas a steaming pile of garbage and a cancer on the Internet.  I cringe when someone opens that POS to browse the Internet.  The only use of IE is for downloading a real browser (Chrome, Firefox, Opera)
  • I assume IT guy isn't your job, or you've never dealt with big corporations and legacy apps. I have to keep a shortcut to IE on my taskbar the number of times I need to use it because, Edge, Chrome or Firefox won't work with a particular device or website. Not to mention those sites where its faster or presents the page more accurately. The loss of IE would be a major disaster.
  • I know...this article is so dumb. Clearly written by someone who has no idea how IT works when supporting legacy apps.
  • Relying on Edge as your only browser that's a REALLY good idea https://s9.postimg.org/xlscufv0f/Screenshot_9_002.png
  • You're not so good at reading, are you?   "we don't recommend removing it unless you also install another browser."
  • That's not in the article
  • Now do one where we can block chrome because it is constantly tries to install itself when it is attached to programs.
  • This article should warn Skype users not to do this. You may not use IE, but Skype does. If you don't use IE, just leave it on the PC.
  • How does Skype use IE? I have removed it and haven't noticed any issues.
  • I use both browsers. IE for compatibility and Edge for everything else.
  • What compatibility? And if you're having serious issues with Edge you'd be better off installing Chrome or Firefox than using IE, if a site is broken in modern browsers tell it to update and get with 2019.
  • Sure...would you call Oracle and tell them to update all their apps so that their preferred browser isn't still IE11 on some of their current apps? Oh, and then ask them to pay for the $4M bill to update to the new non-IE 11 application? So please...hell, I'll take Oracle getting with 2017...
  • Personally, I think Edge is still garbage and incomplete. It doesn't help that MS seems intent on adding useless features like an ebook reader instead of more important things like an actual bookmarks manager - somemthing even IE has. Also, there's no reason to remove IE as you never know when you might run into a site that requires it.
  • Edge is a ambitious attempt to redo the journey by Microsoft of providing a web browser for its OS and decent effort too. However, considering the competition of robust and reliable browsers including IE, that's all it is. I suppose for all of them, to keep improving the browsing experience whilst adhering to ever changing web standards is the game and hopefully someday Edge will get to point where it will be comparable, but today it is not. Most of popular browsers are free these days. It so happens, the nature of my work (IT) I keep 4 four of them installed and feverishly use their private or incognito modes to support my multi-tasking working preferences. However, IE is the one I reach for most, for various reasons and it does the job. Its not perfect, similar to Chrome which is next one on my list. Even for an general users, despite them not using it, considering the state of Edge at this moment, removing IE and depending solely on Edge will be,  I dare say, an oxymoron and the user doing it ... well I offer a guess on this link :) PS
  • I'd like not to use IE and move to Edge, but there's a lot of Microsoft's services I use that don't work in Edge :(
  • Agreed, IE was and is a disgrace, a mutt, a stinking pile, hideous and gross, but you should hear what web developers think about it. They are far less kind. As for Edge, really good, apart from the recent issue of it not loading any google sites (yup, still have the problem on my laptop).
  • Just don't use it. If you delete it, you're going to regret it.
  • So.... What if the site you frequent doesn't display on Edge (which seems to be at least 10-20% of the time)? Are you to use Chrome or some other browser?
  • Yes, you install Chrome or Firefox and use that as your web browser, you don't use an old obsolete insecure web browser like IE.
  • You know some people at not interested in Google stuff of Firefox. So stop promoting what you like. Our company (+ 80,000 PC's) is Google free and we want to keep it that way.
  • The only reason I use IE 11, is to check work email at home since we still use OWA 2007. Other than I have no reason to use IE 11.
    Once they upgrade Outlook Web, I will have no use for Internet Explorer 11.
    At work, we use Windows 7 and I've found IE 11 has difficultly loading some websites - slowly and sometimes crashes, so I don't use it.
  • Ditch IE? If you somehow logged out of OneDrive (the integrated app, not the UWP version), you need to have IE installed in order to login. Connecting MS Office 2016 applictions to OneDrive service also requires IE.   
  • Huh?  I removed IE and use OneDrive and Office 2016 just fine with Chrome.  And yes, I connect Office apps to OneDrive.  
  • Thank for the tip, I would have consider removing it, but sometimes, edge behave stupidity. Which push me back to the old dude.
  • Unfortuantely, Edge is still incompatible with a lot of websites out there. Some always display an error message that they're having trouble loading, some keep freezing the web browser, some others just automatically initiate saving the site to a html file instead of display the site. In such cases, I open the website in IE. On top of that, there's no XMarks extension for Edge, yet, so, had to use the XMarks extension for IE to sync bookmarks from my portable Opera to IE, then I manually import in