Windows 10 launched with a new browser called Edge, but Internet Explorer is still being offered to address any compatibility issues that might be discovered on a number of websites.
And yet, since Edge is now the default browser, many want to get rid of Internet Explorer completely, especially because for some it serves no purpose after upgrading to Windows 10.
Fortunately, there’s a very simple way to remove Internet Explorer from a Windows 10 computer, but before doing anything, it’s worth knowing that, in case you rely on Edge for your everyday browsing, you might experience some difficulties loading a number of websites. And without Internet Explorer, you won’t have a second browser unless you turn to Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or whatever app you want.
How to remove Internet Explorer
So in order to remove Internet Explorer, you simply need to launch Control Panel, click on “Uninstall a program” and hit the option that says “Turn Windows features on or off.”
Look for Internet Explorer in the list and uncheck it. The operating system will then display a notification saying that “turning off Internet Explorer 11 might affect other Windows features and programs installed on your computer, including default settings,” so you need to confirm that you want to remove the browser.
If you’re sure about it, hit yes and you’re good to go.
Although this is a pretty easy thing to do, we do not recommend removing Internet Explorer unless you have another browser on your computer, in addition to Edge.
Right now, Edge is still in its early days and some OS features still rely on Internet Explorer, so removing it could indeed cause some errors and unexpected behavior from some apps.
But if you’re one of those people who can’t simply accept having Internet Explorer on their PCs, this guide might actually come in very handy.