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Learn How To Fix Microsoft Edge Will Not Open Issue

We have received many requests for the solution to this particular issue. Many users have complained that the Microsoft Edge won’t open, especially after they upgraded to Windows 10 Creators Update. This is a fairly common problem and hence it comes with many solutions. Here we are listing some of the solutions for you to try and resolve the issue on your own.

Clean Boot Your PC

For any problem with your system or the applications and programs you are using on them, this is the first you must do. Performing a clean boot on the system resolves many issues. It allows your PC to run on a minimal set of drivers and programs. To perform the clean boot,

  • Press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, type msconfig and press Enter.
  • Go to the Services tab and check the box beside ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ option.
  • Click the Disable all button.
  • Go to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.
  • Select each item on the list and click Disable.
  • Exit the Task Manager and restart your system.

This should resolve the problem of Microsoft Edge not opening. However, if you are still facing the problem, try another solution.

Reinstall Through PowerShell

Sometimes, this issue could arise due to the improper installation of Microsoft Edge or when the installation turns corrupt. Hence, reinstalling it could take care of the issue altogether. Use Powershell for reinstalling Edge.

  • Search for the Powershell in the search bar of the Start menu.
  • Right-click Windows PowerShell and select Run as administrator.
  • When prompted with the administrator permission, click Yes to continue.
  • In the PowerShell window type Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
  • Deployment Operation Progress will pop up.

Let it finish and launch Edge again.

Use Group Policy Editor

Group policy editor is also an efficient method of troubleshooting this issue. To use the policy editor.

Open the search bar type group policy and click Edit group policy.

On the left side of the pane, find the option of Computer Configuration and click on it.

Navigate to the Administrative Templates and click on Windows Components.

Click on App package Deployment under that option

On the right side, find and double-click Allow deployment operations in special profiles

Click Enabled, then Apply and OK.

Exit the editor and see if you are able to open Edge now.

Run The System File Checker Tool

For running the System File Checker Tool,

Press the Windows key + X > click Command Prompt (Admin).

Type the sfc /scannow and press Enter.

Wait until the verification is complete.

This will not only find the corrupt files but will troubleshoot them as well. Once the process is complete, you will be able to open Edge again.

Delete The User Default Folder

In the search bar, type C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\MicrosoftEdge\User\Default.

In the place of username, put the name of your system. Delete the entire folder along with the subfolders and launch Edge.

Remove Your Browsing History and Cache

It is also possible that the issue is caused due to clogged Caches and browsing history. Cleaning them could help you resolve it. You can do that using Edge. Pin Edge to your taskbar, right click on it and choose any link. It will launch Edge. Now, for clearing the Caches and browsing history,

  • Click the Menu button in the top right corner and choose Settings.
  • In Clear browsing data section, click on Choose what to clear.
  • Now click the Clear button.

This should take care of the problem. You can also use third-party Cache cleaners for doing this job.

Close All Other Edge Processes

Sometimes, Microsoft Edge doesn’t open if you have multiple Edge programs or processes running in the background. Hence, the only way to make Edge open is to stop these processes.

Launch the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc.

In the Task Manager, look for any Edge processes running in the background.
Right-click on the process amd select End Task from the menu.

Now try to launch Microsoft Edge again and see if you are able to use it flawlessly.

Roll Back the Updates

If the issue started after applying the updates, chances are Edge is not compatible with those updates. The best thing to do in such cases is to uninstall the reset updates.

  • Launch Settings by pressing Windows and I keys simultaneously.
  • Go to the Update & security menu.
  • Choose the Windows Update option and click the Update history.
  • Check the latest updates that could have resulted in the Microsoft Edge browser problem and uninstall them.

You will be able to launch Edge now.

Reinstall Windows 10

In the worst case scenario, if you are still not able to open Microsoft Edge, chances are, Windows 10 has gone corrupt. In such cases, you will have to uninstall and reinstall Windows 10. To reinstall Windows 10,

  • Open the settings and Click on the Update & security icon.
  • Choose Recover and then go to the Advanced startup.
  • Select Restart Now and wait for the page to load.
  • Click on troubleshoot and choose Reset This PC.
  • Select Remove Everything.
  • If you are asked to insert media, insert your Windows 10 installation media or recovery drive to continue.
  • In case of more than one driver partition, select to remove all files from only the Windows driver or from all drives.
  • Click on either Just remove my files or Fully clean the drive according to your need.
  • Select reset and wait.
  • Your system will restart several times during the process
  • After the process is complete,  set up your personal preference and select Next.
  • Click Accept.
  • Now, you can either customize the settings or go with Express Settings option.

You have successfully reinstalled Windows and the Edge should be good to go now.  And don’t forget to take the backup before proceeding with Windows reinstallation.