Windows 10: Repair a crashing Microsoft Edge browser

Users are facing constant crashes of Microsoft’s Edge browser under Windows 10. Sometime Edge becomes lagging or  unresponsive, sometimes the Edge app constantly crashes. Here are a few repair suggestions.


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Fix 1: Clear browser cache

If Microsoft Edge lags or has minor issues, it’s possible to clean the browser’s cache, using the steps given below.

EdgeSettings

1. Click to the three dots in the upper right corner of the Microsoft Edge browser’s windows and select the Settings command.

2. Click under Clear browsing data onto the button Choose what to clear.

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3. Check all checkboxes in Clear browsing data and confirm the Clear button.

In some cases it’s sufficient to clear all stored cookies.

#Fix 2: Delete browser data

If the Microsoft Edge app crashes constantly, Fix #1 can’t be used. In this case, try to clean the browser data in user profile.

1. Launch Explorer.ex and navigate to the hidden user profile folder
C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages.

Edge-Profilordner

2. Search for subfolder MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe, right click to this folder and select the context menu command Properties.

Edge-Profilordner Attribute

3. Uncheck the Write only attribute on General tab, close the tab and delete the Edge profile folder in explorer.

If Windows refuses to delete the folder, try to delete successive all sub-folders and then theEdge profile folder in explorer.

4. Open an administrative PowerShell window (enter PowerShell in taskbar’s search bar for instance) and enter the following command.

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

PowerShell

The command reinstalls Edge browser again (see also and here)


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1 Response to Windows 10: Repair a crashing Microsoft Edge browser

  1. According to Microsoft, we only have to wait until this end of the year to see Edge running on Android and iOS.
    I personally think this would solve a lot of the problems out there.
    I’ve seen some demos on the early releases and they look very minimalistic and easy / intuitive to use.

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