Microsoft Edge is a very young browser so it’s not surprising if you’re experiencing problems while using it. If the browser is freezing, crashing, running slower than usual or you notice annoying popups, toolbars or adware, there is a simple fix you should try first. You can reset Microsoft Edge in Windows 10, a convenient solution for a laundry list of issues.
The reset procedure for Microsoft Edge is different than for other browsers, as this one is built into the Windows system and you cannot remove the app. We’ll explain in detail how you can reset Microsoft Edge in Windows 10, so keep on reading.
How to reset Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
Open the Edge browser and click on the three-dots icon, located in the upper right corner of the interface and select ‘Settings‘ in the options menu.
Click on ‘Choose what to clear‘ then select ‘Show more‘.
As you can see, there are various data types listed so check each of the displayed items and then click the ‘Clear‘ button.
Now all you have left to do is restart Windows and re-launch the Edge browser. Hopefully, your problem will be fixed at this point.
Fix Microsoft Edge through the System File Checker
You might have reset Microsoft Edge, but this is not a universal solution to all the problems you could experience in the browser. As an alternate solution, you can use the System File Checker to find and solve issues with Microsoft Edge.
This works as the browser is not a standalone application, and it actually a core component of the Windows 10 operating system. To scan the entire system using System File Checker right-click the Start menu icon and select ‘Command Prompt(Admin)‘ from the context menu.
Then, run the command below:
The scan process might take a while, so allow it to complete. If no problems are detected, you will receive the message ‘Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.’ Otherwise, the utility will inform you on detected issues.