Microsoft Edge Keeps Crashing

Did you notice the Microsoft Edge browser not working or crashes after Windows 10 update? You are not alone a number of users report Microsoft Edge closes immediately after opening. And for some other edge browser repeatedly crashes when they launch it or the browser not loading pages. If the default browser in Windows 10, Microsoft Edge keeps closing unexpectedly continue reading. Here this article will look through all the possible solutions that a user can try to fix the random crash issue with Microsoft Edge.

Why does Microsoft Edge keep crashing when opening?

When we look For the Reason behind the Edge Browser Crashes problem, After fiddling with the Edge files and other settings, it turns out that the main cause of this problem is the corrupt Microsoft Edge cache. What’s happening is that over time, the Edge browser is collecting a lot of data during your web browsing sessions in order to make the web browsing fast. But, unlike others, it is not good enough right now to handle all that information. This is the main cause behind the Edge Browser crash.

Again due to lack of available resources or a high amount of processing activity or system file corruption or user profile corruption also causes the browser to slow down or not responding.

Deleting the browsing data, Disable any extensions that may be causing interferences and running the related troubleshooter or Resetting the edge browser helps fix such problems on Windows 10 and 11.

Microsoft Edge crashes randomly windows 10

If you have several times tried to open but the Microsoft Edge won’t open then terminating the undesirable processes via the task manager help fix the issue.

  • First, close the Microsoft Edge browser (if running)
  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc key simultaneously to open task manager,
  • Under the process, tab look for Microsoft edge, right-click on it select end task.
  • Now try to open the Edge browser and check there is no problem.

Edge End task

Update edge browser

Microsoft regularly updates the Edge browser with the latest bug fixes and new features and speeds up the browser as well.

Open the Edge browser, type edge://settings/help and press enter key. This will check and update the browser with the latest version

Microsoft Edge 115 download

Repair Microsoft Edge

If Microsoft Edge closes immediately after opening and won’t allow performing any action such as clear the browser cache or removing extensions then you need to repair the Edge browser first. Repairing Microsoft Edge helps fix a lot of errors with the browser including the ones that lead to its crash or not responding.

How to repair Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

  • Right-click on the Windows 10 start menu select Apps and Features,
  • This will display a list of installed apps on your device, scroll down to locate and select Microsoft Edge, then click on modify
  • If UAC prompts for permission click yes and In the popup window, select Repair.
  • During the repair process, Windows will reinstall the browser while identifying and replacing the files that affect its functionality.

Repair edge browser windows 10

Clean Boot Your Windows 10

If this is the first time that you had a problem with the Edge browser, one of the first things you should do is restart your PC. What’s more, you should do a clean boot. It allows you to run your PC with only a minimal set of drivers and programs.

To perform a clean boot 

  • Press Windows key + R, type msconfig and click ok to open the system configuration window,
  • Go to the Services tab, and check the box for Hide all Microsoft services. And click Disable all button.

Hide all Microsoft services

  • Then go to the startup tab and choose Open Task Manager.
  • Select each item on the list and choose Disable.
  • Now close your Task Manager and restart your computer.

See if the same problem occurs with clean boot mode. If Edge still opens and closes unexpectedly in a few seconds, then you can move on to the Next steps.

Clear the browser cache

Piled up cache and browsing history can also cause your Edge browser (and any other browser) to run slowly. If Microsoft Edge opens but stops working, you can Clear browsing history and cache data to fix the problem.

  • A cache is a piece of software that caches data from a website so that the web page will load faster the next time you access it.
  • And A cookie is a small text file that is created by a web browser at the request of a website and kept on your computer’s hard drive.

Corrupted cache can cause Microsoft Edge to crash on windows 10,  If you haven’t purged the edge cache for a long time, go and clear them now. 

  • Open the Microsoft Edge browser, Go to Settings then Privacy, search, and Services
  • Jump to the adjacent right pane and scroll down to Clear browsing data and click on Choose what to clear button,
  • Or you can type edge://settings/clearBrowserData in the address bar and press enter key to open clear browsing data popup,
  • Select the time range between the last hour to all time, checkmark on all boxes and click on clear now.

Clear edge browsing data and cache

When the pop-up window disappears automatically, restart Microsoft Edge. Check if this resolves the unnecessarily crashing error on the Edge browser.

Disable Edge Extensions

Sometimes Microsoft Edge extensions, like ad-blockers, can develop incompatibilities with other extensions and the browser itself. If Have you been facing the issue of Microsoft Edge not responding after adding one or more extensions to your browser we recommend Disable Microsoft Edge Extensions

  • First open the Microsoft Edge browser and access, edge://extensions/
  • This will display all installed extensions list with the option to disable or remove the same.
  • Disable or remove all extensions by clicking the blue bar or selecting Remove.

Remove edge extensions

Reset Microsoft Edge to Default

If nothing else seems to work, restoring Microsoft Edge to its default settings may just do the trick and fix Microsoft Edge not responding issue on Windows 10.

  • First, open the Microsoft Edge web browser, click on the ellipsis menu and select settings,
  • Navigate the Reset settings option on the left, then click on Restore settings to their default values.
  • A pop-up window will appear next to confirm what you do, hit the Reset button.
  • Once done,  Restart Microsoft Edge and check if this solves the crashing issue on it.

Or you can directly type edge://settings/resetProfileSettings in the address bar and press enter key then click on the Reset button to confirm the same.

Reset edge settings

Repair Corrupted System Files

Also, Corrupted system files can cause different errors on Windows computers and may this edge not responding is caused due to system file corruption. We recommend Repair Windows system files with DISM restore health and SFC command.

Press Windows key + S and type cmd, Right click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator. Now run the following command lines one by one and hit enter key to execute the command.

  • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  • SFC/scannow

DISM restore health and sfc utility command

Note: the scanning process will take some time to complete the scan and repair process, wait until 100% complete the process.

  • Once the scanning process completes reboot your PC and check the Edge browser is open and working normally.

Run the Troubleshooter

Run the built-in Windows store app troubleshooter that automatically detects and fixes problems with the Microsoft Edge browser.

  • Open the Settings app using the keyboard shortcut Windows + I,
  • Click on Update & Security then troubleshoot and click on Other troubleshooters,
  • Now scroll down to locate and select Windows Store, and click run the troubleshooter next to it,
  • This will start to diagnose and fix problems causing the edge browser working normally.
  • Once the diagnosis process completes Restart your PC and check if the Edge browser working normally.

Reinstall Edge Browser

Still, the problem is not resolved, the edge browser not responding or Microsoft Edge closes after a few seconds Here the effective solution work for most of Windows 10 users.

  • Search for PowerShell,
  • Right-click on PowerShell and select Run as administrator,
  • When the PowerShell prompt opens type the bellow command and hit the enter key to execute the same.

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

Re register default Windows apps Windows 10

Once the command is executed, restart your PC and check if there is no more problem with the Edge browser.

Create a New User Account

Creating a new user account will generate a new edge browser profile and with a new profile edge will run smoother.  

  • To create a user account on Windows 10 simply open the command prompt as administrator.
  • Next type the below command and hit enter key to create a new user account.

net user % user name % %password% /add

Add new user account using cmd

Note: %user name % change your new create username.
%password %: Type the password for your new created user account.
Ex : net user sri p@$$word /add

you will get an out message the command is completed successfully. That means the user account was created successfully. Now Logoff From the Current user Account and log in with New created User account. Open the Edge Browser and check working normally without any problems crashes, not responding etc.

Tweak Registry Setting permissions

The user-suggested method: one of our readers suggested this method

  • Press Windows + R type regedit and hit the enter key.
  • This will open the Windows registry editor
  • backup registry database then navigate to the following path.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\LocalSettings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

registry tweak to fix edge browser

  • Here right click folder Named”microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe” at the left panel, and click Permission.
  • Select the third Unknown account (S-1-15-3-3624051433 ….).
  • You will see only Read permission is selected. Let’s check “All permission”.
  • Click OK and close the window.
  • Now restart Windows to take save changes and check Edge browser working fine.

Did these solutions help to fix Microsoft Edge browser problems? Lets us know on the comments below.

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Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Srikant, Trying to fix my Microsoft Edge that crashes since Windows 10 update. Have uninstalled but when I try and reinstall in safe mode with the command you say I get the message “Get-AppXPackage : This service cannot be started in safe mode”
    Any suggestions?
    John

    • Dear first Make sure you open Power shell As administrator. Then type the command Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose}

      Still Having issue Then, Start windows normally and again try the same command on powershell ( admin ).
      I hope this help you.

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