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  • Why so many MS browsers?

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      • #2303082
        FL Jack
        AskWoody Plus

        With Windows 10 we now have 3 browsers installed, IE, Edge and Chredge.  Why doesn’t MS remove the outdated browsers rather than just adding another.  While perhaps IE remains for some sort of compatibility issues, it is rather dated and insecure.

        I’m irritated to have 3 MS browsers on my systems and use none of them.

        Any thoughts on when the old browser versions might be removed or made removable?

      • #2303086

        Have you any idea just how much Stuff there is in Windows 10 that you make no use of whatever?  If you knew, you’d not worry about a couple of spare browsers!


        Plethora means a lot to me.

      • #2303087
        AskWoody Plus

        The old Edge is removed when installing the new ChrEdge.
        You have only 2 MS browsers.

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      • #2303094
        FL Jack
        AskWoody Plus

        For some reason the icon wasn’t removed and I had two different looking icons for Edge.  I should’ve check it out before reacting.  Thanks for pointing it out.

      • #2303098
        AskWoody MVP

        You should be able to use Control Panel | Programs | Turn Windows features on or off to disable IE or you can use Settings | Apps | Optional features to Uninstall IE.


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      • #2303101
        AskWoody Plus

        or you can use Settings | Apps | Optional features to Uninstall IE.


        IE can’t be uninstalled, only somewhat disabled.

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        • #2303104
          FL Jack
          AskWoody Plus

          So it will remain, but be unaccessable?  I guess that’s better than nothing.

      • #2303106

        If you use a web browser control in e.g. Access, that will run in IE whether or not that is your default browser – for security I would hope it isn’t! For that reason alone, IE cannot be completely removed from your computer.

        Having said that, a new web browser control based on Chromium Edge will be released in Dec 2020. Perhaps after that it will be possible to bin IE completely?

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      • #2305647
        AskWoody Plus

        Optional features to Uninstall IE

        Uninstalling IE, if it is indeed possible, will cause problems if you also use Outlook (the program, not the web site).  For no discernable reason, even with Microsoft 365/Office 2016, when you view a message in a web browser, that Browser is still IE.

        (If anyone knows how to get Outlook to use (Chr)Edge as Outlook’s message viewer, please share!


        • This reply was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by MHCLV941.
        • #2305660
          AskWoody MVP

          Have you tried changing the default browser to chromium edge in Control Panel/ Default programs ?
          Then check the protocol section (filetypes) in control panel to make weblinks open up with Chredge instead of IE
          The device may need a restart..then try again within outlook

          W10, the itch you simply cannot scratch!
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