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How to Reset Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge was released fairly recently, and, on occasion, problems may crop up. If you experience crashes, slow performance, or weird appearances of toolbars, popups, or adware while using Edge, you may need to reset it.

However, there’s a difference between resetting Edge and other browsers. Since Edge is part of Windows’ operating system, it can’t be uninstalled. While there are a number of ways to address this issue, it’s best to try basic methods first.

Microsoft Edge settings

Microsoft Edge settings

You can reset Microsoft Edge using its settings. Click the icon with three dots up in the top right corner of the window, and click on Settings. Within the Clear browsing data menu, click on Choose what to clear,  then choose Show more. You’ll see a variety of types of data. Select all of them and then click Clear. Once you restart your computer and re-launch Edge, you’ll have a fresh start.

System File Checker

System File Checker

Using System File Checker is another way to restore Microsoft Edge. Edge is not an individual app, it’s a key component in Windows 10. Therefore, if the issue is rooted in a corrupt file or the like, System File Checker (sfc.exe) may fix your problem. You can run a complete system scan when you right-click on the Start menu, choose Command Prompt (Admin) and then run the command: sfc /scannow.

If this fails to repair the problem, try more advanced options like the System Update Readiness Tool or the DISM command, then restart your computer.

PowerShell

Microsoft PowerShell

A third option for resetting Microsoft Edge is through PowerShell. The most drastic and powerful option, the PowerShell command deletes and then re-registers Microsoft Edge’s core data. You’ll want to either make a restore point for the system or carry out a full backup before you move forward, just in case.

To start, go to the folder below and clear out everything inside of it:

C:\Users\%username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

*Make sure you insert your username in place of “%username”

Then, right-click the Start menu and click on Windows PowerShell (Admin). The code below will need to be copied and pasted into Powershell:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose}

Hit Enter and restart the system to complete the process.

As you can see, though resetting Windows Edge may be a bit tricky, it is definitely manageable. If you have issues even after trying all three methods, try searching for third-party software or adress Windows Support.

We hope that our guide has proved useful to you. Feel free to leave your comments and questions in the comments and learn about LastPass Manager extension for Microsoft Edge and how to manage your Reading List.

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