Microsoft Edge the default web browser on Windows 11 and Windows 10 promises security and fast browsing experience. The browser receives regular updates with new features, enhancements, and the latest bug fixes. However, there may be times you find Microsoft Edge not working, slow to respond, hangs, or crashes. All these problems can be resolved by repairing or Reset Microsoft browser default settings. If you notice Microsoft Edge not responding, won’t launch, or opens briefly and closes here is how to Reset Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 11/10
How to Reset Microsoft Edge Default
Resetting Edge means undoing any changes you’ve made to your browser. This includes things like your homepage, search engine, and any added extensions. It also clears out your browsing history and cookies. Plus, it can help eliminate any viruses or malware that might be causing problems with your browser.
But before Moving ahead we recommend update the Edge browser with the latest version.
Update Microsoft Edge
Updating Microsoft Edge is similar to resetting the browser in the sense that it aims to fix problems and improve performance. When you update Edge, you’re getting the latest version with bug fixes, security patches, and possibly new features. This helps ensure that your browsing experience is smooth and secure.
Resetting the browser, on the other hand, is more of a drastic step that reverts settings and clears data, which can also address issues but in a more comprehensive way.
- Launch the Edge browser on your computer.
- Click on the three-dot menu Located in the upper-right corner of the browser window,
- In the dropdown menu that appears, scroll down and click on “Help and feedback” then “About Microsoft Edge”
- You can also open edge settings select “About Microsoft Edge” or type edge://settings/help in the address bar then press the enter key.
- Edge will automatically check for any available updates. If there’s an update available, it will start downloading and installing it.
Once the update is downloaded and installed, you’ll be prompted to restart the browser. Click “Restart” to complete the process.
Now you are using the latest version of Microsoft Edge with all the latest features, security updates, and bug fixes. Check if this helps fix Microsoft Edge not working, if the problem continues move next step.
Reset Microsoft Edge browser settings
Resetting Microsoft Edge browser settings means restoring the browser to its default configuration. This action removes any customizations, extensions, and changes you’ve made, returning the browser to its original state.
- First Open Microsoft Edge, on your computer
- Click on the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner and Select “Settings” from the dropdown menu.
- Select “Reset settings” then Click “Restore settings to their default values.”
- And finally, Confirm the action by clicking “Reset.”
Alternatively, you can type edge://settings/reset inside the address bar and press enter key. It will open a pop-up — Reset Settings. To Microsoft Edge reset, click on the Reset settings.
This action will not delete your bookmarks, history, or saved passwords, but it will disable extensions and remove custom settings.
Repair Microsoft Edge Browser
Microsoft Edge is the default web browser on Windows 11 and 10, which means you can’t uninstall it. But Microsoft added the option to repair or reinstall the Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 11 settings.
- Press the Windows key + X and select the settings option
- Go to Apps then installed apps, locate Microsoft Edge, and click on the three dots on the right.
- Click on Modify (It’s the default web browser, you cannot uninstall Edge).
- When it prompts for permission, Microsoft Edge to make changes to your device, click Yes.
- A small window will pop up, so click on Repair to begin the process.
- If you are a Windows 10 user, right-click on the start menu and select Apps & features.
- Locate Microsoft Edge, select Modify then repair option.
When you repair Microsoft Edge, this will essentially reinstall the browser. Any browsers broken, damaged, or missing files, folders and registry will be replaced. Since it downloads Microsoft Edge again ensure you are connected to stable internet before perform the repair.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What does it mean to reset the Microsoft Edge browser?
Resetting the Microsoft Edge browser means restoring it to its default settings, which includes removing customizations, extensions, and potentially fixing issues that may be affecting its performance.
Why would I need to reset Microsoft Edge?
- Resetting Microsoft Edge can be necessary if the browser is experiencing issues like crashes, slow performance, or if you want to clear out custom settings and start fresh
Will resetting Edge delete my bookmarks and saved passwords?
- No, resetting Microsoft Edge does not delete your bookmarks or saved passwords. These are retained even after the reset.
What happens after I reset Microsoft Edge?
- After resetting, Edge will revert to its default settings. This includes removing extensions, clearing browsing data, and resetting themes and settings back to their original state.
Do I need to reinstall Microsoft Edge after resetting it?
- No, you don’t need to reinstall Edge after resetting. The browser is restored to its default state without the need for a fresh installation.
Is resetting Microsoft Edge the same as reinstalling it?
- No, resetting Microsoft Edge only restores it to its default settings while keeping the core browser intact. Reinstalling Edge involves completely removing and reinstalling the browser.