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Reset Microsoft Edge To Default Settings (Reinstall Edge)

Resetting Microsoft Edge is a useful troubleshooting step, especially when you encounter persistent issues that seem related to the browser's configuration or settings.

Microsoft Edge is a popular web browser that offers fast performance, security, and compatibility with various web standards. However, sometimes you may encounter issues where Microsoft Edge not opening, crashes unexpectedly, or closes immediately after launching. To deal with such situations especially if Microsoft Edge Won’t Open you can try to repair or reset Microsoft Edge. Here is how to reset or reinstall Microsoft Edge to default settings that help restore Microsoft Edge to its optimal functionality, allowing you to enjoy a seamless browsing experience once again.

How to fix Microsoft Edge problems

Several factors can contribute to Microsoft Edge malfunctioning on Windows 11. Some of the common reasons behind Edge not opening, crashing, or closing include:

  1. Corrupted browser data: Over time, accumulated cache, cookies, and other browsing data can become corrupted, leading to browser instability.
  2. Outdated browser version: Running an outdated version of Microsoft Edge may result in compatibility issues and performance problems.
  3. Conflicting browser extensions: Certain browser extensions or add-ons may conflict with Edge, causing it to crash or close unexpectedly.
  4. System errors: Underlying system errors or conflicts with other software installed on your computer can affect the stability of Microsoft Edge.

Whatever the reason, in most cases, if Edge refuses to open or crashes frequently, the first thing you need to repair the browser if didn’t help you should try reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

How to repair Microsoft Edge

The repair Microsoft Edge option essentially Reinstall Microsoft Edge, any of the browser’s broken, damaged, or missing files in its program folder and the Windows registry will be replaced, and this could potentially get it to start working again.  Hence this option downloads fresh edge browser files from the Microsoft server, Ensure you’re connected to the Internet.

When you repair Microsoft Edge, it’s like giving the browser a fresh start.

  • Press Windows + I to open Settings, then navigate to Apps, followed by Installed Apps.
  • Scroll down to locate Microsoft Edge from the apps list, click the three vertical dots next to it, and select Modify.

Modify edge

  • Choose Yes when you’re asked if you want to allow this app to make changes to your device.
  •  A small window will pop up, so click on Repair to begin the process.

Repair Microsoft Edge

It may take some time, depending on the corruption level and your internet speed (To download the required files from the Microsoft server). Once the repair is complete, restart your computer and try to open the Microsoft Edge browser.

Repairing or Reinstall Microsoft edge is a way to address any underlying issues that might be causing the browser to misbehave. It’s like giving the browser a tune-up and making sure all its parts are in good shape, so it can start working properly again.

How to reset Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge essentially restores the browser to its default settings, which can help resolve various issues or errors that users may encounter. The reset option clears any customizations, disables extensions, clears cache and cookies, reset content settings, removes temporary data, and restores default search engines. It’s a troubleshooting step to address issues like crashes, slow performance, or other browsing problems.

  • Open Edge and select the Menu option then click on Settings
  • Alternatively, you can type “edge://settings/” in the address bar and press Enter to directly access the settings.
  • Select the Reset settings option from the left side, then  Restore settings to their default values option
  • A confirmation prompt will appear. To proceed with the reset, click on the “Reset” button.
  • This process may take a few moments, once done restart Microsoft Edge for the changes to take effect.

Reset Microsoft Edge Default

Now check if Microsoft Edge working as expected, there is no more problems while using it.

In addition Open Microsoft Edge and click on the three-dot menu at the top right corner. Go to Help and Feedback> About Microsoft Edge. Edge will automatically check for updates and download them if available. Follow the prompts to install the updates.

Regularly clear the edge browser cache from Settings > Privacy, search, and Services> Choose what to clear. Select the browsing data you want to clear (e.g., browsing history, cookies, cached images and files) and click on Clear Now to optimize browser performance.

Too many open tabs can consume system resources. Consider using extensions like “One Tab” to consolidate tabs and reduce memory usage. Malware can significantly impact browser performance. Run a thorough antivirus and anti-malware scan to ensure your system is clean.

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