How to disable permanently Microsoft Edge Webview2 Runtime?


Sammy888

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I don't use any of the widgets and chat features, I don't use Edge. But this keeps on installing itself at every boot. It's annoyingly frustrating. It makes me want to stay with Windows 10.
 

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The short answer is you cannot.
Please see this thread for a fuller explanation.
 

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It is tied to Edge, if you disable/uninstall edge, it might not get reinstalled.
Code:
https://www.sordum.org/9312/edge-blocker-v1-7
winget uninstall "Microsoft Edge WebView2 Runtime"
 

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    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 & No fTPM (07/19)
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It is tied to Edge, if you disable/uninstall edge, it might not get reinstalled.
Code:
https://www.sordum.org/9312/edge-blocker-v1-7
winget uninstall "Microsoft Edge WebView2 Runtime"
The following quote is from the MS Community website;
"No, you must not delete Edge WebView 2 that is a programming component that is used to provide a user interface for web controls."
There is more information at the link referenced in a couple of other posts in this thread.
 

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Edge Webview uses the Edge engine to enable some apps for using some web technologies, like HTML 5 or CSS. Long story short, if you uninstall it, some apps will not work properly.
Some apps, I have about 2-3 of those, if you do not have any, you do not need it.
 

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    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 & No fTPM (07/19)
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    MSI B450 TOMAHAWK 7C02v1E & IFX TPM (07/19)
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    4x 8GB ADATA XPG GAMMIX D10 DDR4 3200MHz CL16
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    MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC @48FPS (08/19)
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    24" Philips 24M1N3200ZS/00 (05/24)
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It is tied to Edge, if you disable/uninstall edge, it might not get reinstalled.
Code:
https://www.sordum.org/9312/edge-blocker-v1-7
winget uninstall "Microsoft Edge WebView2 Runtime"
It gets reinstalled. The direct link to the tweak is here. People asking for an update.
 

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Thanks for the tip on uninstalling Webview2.

I don't think uninstalling it will cause any major issues. None of the apps that I use strictly rely on Webview2. They work completely fine on Windows 10 and I checked using Process Explorer and there isn't any Webview2 processes running on my Windows 10. This means they shouldn't be reliant on Webview2 in Windows 11 either.

I've uninstalled Webview2 and can continue using my apps just fine. If you want to install it again, download it from here:WebView2 - Microsoft Edge Developer

Also, may be a good idea to disable the Edge update task in Task Scheduler. Under the Task Scheduler root (Task Scheduler Library), you should find 2 tasks:

- MicrosoftEdgeUpdateTaskMachineCore
- MicrosoftEdgeUpdateTaskMachineUA

Disable both to stop Edge from updating (which could potentially also download and install Webview2 again).
 

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Thanks for the tip on uninstalling Webview2.

I don't think uninstalling it will cause any major issues. None of the apps that I use strictly rely on Webview2. They work completely fine on Windows 10 and I checked using Process Explorer and there isn't any Webview2 processes running on my Windows 10. This means sthey shouldn't be reliant on Webview2 in Windows 11 either.
WIndows 11 Widgets (like weather and news) need Microsoft Edge Webview2 Runtime. There are a few other applications too, but I can't recall which one. I have disabled it as it is a huge resource hog.
 

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If some apps need it, they can install their own, for example Audials Radio, but that can not be uninstalled.
 

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    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 & No fTPM (07/19)
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    MSI B450 TOMAHAWK 7C02v1E & IFX TPM (07/19)
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    4x 8GB ADATA XPG GAMMIX D10 DDR4 3200MHz CL16
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    MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC @48FPS (08/19)
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    Creative Sound Blaster Z (11/16)
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    24" Philips 24M1N3200ZS/00 (05/24)
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    1920×1080@165Hz via DP1.4
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    ADATA XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro SSD 512GB (07/19)
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    Seasonic M12II-520 80 Plus Bronze (11/16)
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    CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S@700rpm (07/19)
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    HP Wired Desktop 320K + Rabalux 76017 Parker (01/24)
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    Logitech M330 Silent Plus (04/23)
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    400/40 Mbps via RouterOS (05/21) & TCP Optimizer
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    Edge & Brave for YouTube & LibreWolf for FB
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    NoAV & Binisoft WFC & NextDNS
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    Phone: Samsung Galaxy Xcover 7 (02/24)
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If some apps need it, they can install their own, for example Audials Radio, but that can not be uninstalled.
Not in my experience...if I recall correctly, you just get an error message. And you can't run the application.
 

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    Lenovo C32q-20
gpedit - disable automatic updates (configure windows updates > computer configuration)

revouninstaller - uninstall webview2

reboot

WuMgr - check for updates > select that update > disable (hide)
 

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gpedit - disable automatic updates (configure windows updates > computer configuration)

revouninstaller - uninstall webview2

reboot

WuMgr - check for updates > select that update > disable (hide)
gpedit is not available in Windows Home.
 

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Enable gpedit.msc using Command Prompt​

If you are running Windows 10/11 Home Edition, you can easily enable the group policy editor using the following commands:

Open Command Prompt in administrative mode and run the following commands:

FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~*.mum") DO (DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F")
FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~*.mum") DO (DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F")
These commands will install gpedit.msc console on your computer. After the commands are successfully executed, go to Run –> gpedit.msc. This will open the group policy editor in your Windows Home edition.


scroll down the page, there is an installer too
 

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Enable gpedit.msc using Command Prompt​

If you are running Windows 10/11 Home Edition, you can easily enable the group policy editor using the following commands:

Open Command Prompt in administrative mode and run the following commands:

FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~*.mum") DO (DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F")
FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~*.mum") DO (DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F")
These commands will install gpedit.msc console on your computer. After the commands are successfully executed, go to Run –> gpedit.msc. This will open the group policy editor in your Windows Home edition.


scroll down the page, there is an installer too
Wow. Thanks, but it didn't work. It got hung here:

C:\Windows\system32>FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~*.mum") DO (DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F")
 

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    Windows 11
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    Lenovo
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    NVIDA 1650 Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Lenovo C32q-20

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