Is Microsoft Edge crashing for you? We have fixes for that

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by Ivan Jenic
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  • Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows 10. Many users reported certain issues, and according to them, Edge crashes on their PC.
  • To fix this problem, you need to reinstall Edge from the PowerShell or disable your extensions.
  • Another option is to give a try to a new browser. Opera clearly is a top replacement to consider.
  • We covered news and guides in our Microsoft Edge Hub, so be sure to check it out for more useful information.
Fix Microsoft Edge crashing

Microsoft introduced Edge instead of Internet Explorer and it was pretty well-accepted.

Users are satisfied with the new features that Edge offers and also with the fact that it’s much faster than its predecessor.

But even this browser could crash from time to time, and in this article, you’ll find out what to do if that happens.

Both in the Windows Insider Program and after the upgrade to the full version of Windows 10, some users have reported that when they start the Microsoft Edge, they’re not able to do anything.

The browser just crashes and various error codes appear.

Luckily, there’s a solution for this strange Microsoft Edge problem, and all you have to do fix it is to write a few command lines in the PowerShell.

How can I fix Microsoft Edge crashes?

  1. Switch to Opera Browser
  2. Run PowerShell
  3. Disable your extensions

1. Switch to Opera Browser

switch to Opera

Well, if you don’t have the time to go through any troubleshooting steps, install a different browser on your computer.

We can gladly recommend Opera as your primary or at least secondary browser. It comes with a variety of features and it’s incredibly reliable and stable.

The team behind the Opera Browser made it privacy-oriented thanks to the built-in VPN, crypto mining protection, and Crypto Wallet for safe transactions.

You have a choice between sticking with a browser that crashes frequently and another one that doesn’t. Besides that, it comes with dark and light modes and battery saver features.

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2. Run PowerShell

run PowerShell right away

  1. Press Windows key + X keyboard shortcut and open the Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. In the Command Prompt, type in Powershell and press Enter.
  3. Paste the following line into the PowerShell window and press Enter:
    • Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}
  4. Wait until it’s completed, and C: > Users > yourusername> will appear on the screen when the process is completed.
  5. Reboot your computer and try to open Edge again.

If you’re having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an admin, then you better take a closer look at this guide.


3. Disable your extensions

how to disable your extensions

Sometimes, your browser extensions may cause Edge to crash. In order to quickly identify the culprit, you need to disable all the browser add-ons and extensions.

Then, re-enable them one by one. Once you’ve identified the culprit, you need to permanently delete it from your computer.

That’s it, I hope that you’ll be able to surf the internet with Microsoft Edge normally again, after performing this fix.

If you have any comments, suggestions, or you may be faced with another problem with Microsoft Edge, tell us in the comments, and we’ll try to find a suitable solution for you.

Also, we’ve got a few more tips for you whenever encountering one of these issues or looking for answers:

  • Microsoft Edge crashes/crashing – If that’s an issue you currently face, clear the cache or reset Windows and confirm getting immediate results.
  • Microsoft Edge keeps crashing – When Edge keeps crashing no matter what you do, maybe it’s time to think of a different browser.
  • Why does Microsoft Edge keep crashing – You’re often entitled to suspect that your browser extensions cause Edge to crash. To identify the culprit, waste no more time and disable all add-ons and extensions.

FAQ: Learn more about MicrosoftEdge

  • Why does Microsoft Edge keep crashing?

If Microsoft Edge keeps crashing, the problem might be a corrupted Edge installation, so you’ll have to reinstall Edge.

  • How do I fix Microsoft Edge?

You can fix most Microsoft Edge issues simply by resetting Edge to default or by reinstalling it.

  • How do I reinstall Edge?

To reinstall Edge, open the PowerShell and run the Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose} command.

  • Can I uninstall Microsoft Edge?

Yes, you can remove Microsoft Edge from your PC, but some components might rely on Edge, so you might encounter issues if you remove it completely.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

  • Don’t do this.
    Now not a single Microsoft application is not working, starting from Edge, One Note, Zune, Weather, Store…
    You guys fucked me really good.I didn’t read comments before continuing with your “solution”

  • That’s a bullshit answer. A fix should not involve the user running powershell as admin. Escalate this to Microsoft and get a real fix.

  • DO NOT USE THIS POWERSHELL COMMAND, it made everything worse on my PC, now all apps crash, the task bar is empty and the start menu is gone! Thanks for that! >:(

  • Wish I didn’t follow this -_-.
    I did all the steps and now the drawboard pdf for surface and Microsoft windows store don’t open anymore. This only gave me more problems…

    • Oh wait it is even worse. there are even more apps that also don’t work anymore. Also my useraccount on the surface has doubled and typing isn’t going fluent anymore.
      How do you UNDO these steps?!

  • Failed. ???
    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10586]
    (c) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>Powershell
    Windows PowerShell
    Copyright (C) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    PS C:WINDOWSsystem32> Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.Ins
    tallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}
    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073D06, The package could not be installed because a higher
    version of this package is already installed.
    Windows cannot install package Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.1_1.1.23118.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe because it has version
    1.1.23118.0. A higher version 1.1.23406.0 of this package is already installed.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 1ff41811-66c2-0007-fff4-f71fc266d101 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 1ff41811-66c2-0007-fff4-f71fc266d101
    At line:1 char:38
    + … | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.I …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (C:Program File…ppXManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

    Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073D06, The package could not be installed because a higher
    version of this package is already installed.
    Windows cannot install package Microsoft.NET.Native.Runtime.1.1_1.1.23118.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe because it has version
    1.1.23118.0. A higher version 1.1.23406.0 of this package is already installed.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 1ff41811-66c2-0007-09f5-f71fc266d101 in the Event Log or use
    the command line Get-AppxLog -ActivityID 1ff41811-66c2-0007-09f5-f71fc266d101
    At line:1 char:38
    + … | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.I …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (C:Program File…ppXManifest.xml:String) [Add-AppxPackage], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.AddAppxPackageCommand

    PS C:WINDOWSsystem32>

  • How I fixed Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

    Problem: Microsoft Edge stopped working or working proper… How this happened is a mystery but it was un-usable. Internet Explorer 11 and Google Chrome were working but were struggling. So I thought it was Windows 10 or a disk problem… I performed a CHKDSK /R on HD and I also performed the “sfc /scannow”
    HOWEVER I was able to totally fix the problem so here is what I did !!!
    1. Went to Control Panel / Program Features / Turn Features On and Off…
    2. Turned OFF: “Internet Explorer 11”
    3. Restarted the system…
    After restart
    4. Went to Control Panel / Program Features / Turn Features On and Off…
    5. Turned ON: “Internet Explorer 11”
    6. Restarted system
    7. PROBLEM TOTALLY WENT AWAY….
    FROM:
    Hank Freeman – Senior SQL Server DBA – Data and Solutions Arch. hfreeman@msn.com
    Posted 1-Feb-2016
    End.

  • Yes i was able to launch it but it didn’t connect to the internet while google chrome able to connect.
    it look like it didn’t accept any command or address

  • Awesome! This helped me! At first I noticed Windows Store crashing, none of my web searches were going through from search box, and Edge wouldn’t load.