Microsoft Edge disappeared in Windows 10

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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  • Microsoft Edge is the default web browser on Windows 10 and its intended to a replacement for Internet Explorer.
  • Many users reported that Microsoft Edge has disappeared on their PC.
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Windows 10 was basically a new chance for Microsoft to unify the desktop as well as mobile ecosystem using Windows.

Microsoft’s vision of having one single operating system for both mobile devices as well as desktops has become true to a huge extent with Windows 10.

Features like Continuum allow users to use their Windows 10 system on any type of device in its best form i.e.

Windows 10 automatically detects the type of device it is being used on and then adapts as per the device and so if you are using it on a touch-based device, then Windows 10 will automatically adapt the UI which is best suited for touch-based interfaces.

Anyway, one of the many new things on Windows 10 was Microsoft Edge which is a totally new browser that Microsoft has developed in order to provide a better Internet browsing experience to users.

But as you know Windows 10 has many bugs and sometimes people do run into some of these annoying bugs.

One of the bugs is Microsoft Edge disappearing totally from the system and only appears when you open some news on Cortana.

In this post, we will go ahead and fix the issue of Microsoft Edge disappearing so let’s get started!

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What do I do if Microsoft Edge disappears in Windows 10?

Table of contents:

  1. Consider using a different browser
  2. Search for it
  3. Try System File Checker
  4. Use Windows Powershell to fix it
  5. Turn off Firewall
  6. Disable antivirus
  7. Run the Troubleshooter
  8. Install the latest updates
  9. Uninstall the latest update
  10. Change the security permission

1. Consider using a different browser

If you follow all the troubleshooting steps and notice that Microsoft Edge still doesn’t appear, then maybe you should consider using an alternative tool. For example, if you chose because of the Chromium engine, we recommend you give Opera a shot.

It is built using the same architecture, but it is more reliable and stable, and therefore less prone to bugs and issues.

It is incredibly lightweight, can be heavily customized, and the add-ons allow you to specialize it into whatever direction you want: streaming, gaming, text editing, etc.

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This web browser will captivate you with how light and modern it feels, and it may end up being your default browser in no time.

2. Disable antivirus

The same goes for your third-party antivirus. Although it’s supposed to keep Edge secure, your antivirus can also prevent it from working.

So, the solution is to disable your antivirus for a couple of minutes and see if Edge works with the antivirus off. If the browser works, you can add it to the antivirus whitelist, to prevent further interference.

Alternatively, you could try using an antivirus tool that interferes less with your system processes, which has also been proven numerous times over.

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3. Search for it

  1. Open Start Menu and type Edge.
  2. You will notice that Microsoft Edge pops up in results.
  3. Right click on the result and click on Pin to taskbar.
  4. There is also an option to Pin/Unpin from Start which means you can either pin or unpin the icon from Start Menu.
  5. After you pin it back, you will be able to use Microsoft Edge properly without issues.

4. Try System File Checker

  1. Press Windows + X keys on your keyboard and then click command prompt(admin).
  2. Now you need to type in the following command in command prompt and press Enter.
    • sfc /scannow

  3. This should fix the issue of disappeared Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. But if it hasn’t, move on to the next method.

5. Use Windows Powershell to fix it

  1. Open Start Menu and type PowerShell.
  2. You will notice that two results will pop up. Choose the one that just reads Windows PowerShell.
  3. Now enter the command given below.
    • Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}

  4. You might see some error but no not worry about it.
  5. After the command is executed, restart your PC.

6. Turn of firewall

  1. Go to Search, type firewall, and open Windows Defender Firewall.
  2. Select Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off.
  3. Disable Windows Firewall for both private and public networks.
  4. Confirm the selection and try updating again.

7. Run the troubleshooter

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Head over to Updates & Security Troubleshoot. 
  3. Select Windows Store Apps, and go to Run the Troubleshooter.
  4. Follow further on-screen instructions and let the process finish.
  5. Restart your computer.

8. Install the latest updates

As Microsoft Edge is a part of the Windows 10 OS, it regularly receives updates through Windows Update. If your problem with Edge is well-known, Microsoft is probably already working on the fix, which will be delivered through Windows Update.

So, just keep your system up to date. To check for new updates, go to Settings > Updates & Security, and check for updates.


9. Uninstall the latest update

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Head over to Updates & Security > Windows Update.
  3. Go to Update history > Uninstall updates.
  4. Now, find the latest update installed on your computer (you can sort updates by date), right-click it, and go to Uninstall.
  5. Restart your computer.

10. Change the security permission

  1. Go to Search and enter %localappdata%. Open the AppDataLocal folder.
  2. Go to the MicrosoftWindows folder. Locate WER folder, right click it and choose Properties.
  3. Go to Security tab and click the Edit button.
  4. Select APPLICATION PACKAGES user and check Read & executeList folder contents and Read options in Allow column.
  5. Click Apply and OK to save changes.

These are three methods that should definitely fix this error of Microsoft Edge disappearing for some odd reason.


FAQ: Learn more about Microsoft Edge

  • Where is my toolbar in Microsoft Edge?

Microsoft Edge has no toolbars like Internet Explorer. If you miss toolbars, you can always use Internet Explorer on Windows 10.

  • How do I fix Microsoft Edge?

To fix Microsoft Edge, go to Settings app > Apps. Locate Microsoft Edge and click on Advanced options > Repair to fix Microsoft Edge.

  • How do I reinstall Microsoft Edge?

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

  • Why is Edge not working after update?

It’s possible that the update you installed has certain bugs. To fix the issue, you might have to remove the update or wait until Microsoft fixes the problem.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2016 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

  • None of the three methods worked for me so I have migrated to Explorer. Too bad, I had thought that Windows had finally produced something reasonable, but !!!!!!!

  • Both my Microsoft Edge and Start Menu apps had disappeared. The 1st two methods didn’t work for me but the 3rd method using Windows Powershell worked on my December 2012 Hewlett-Packard laptop that originally came with Windows 8, and that later got upgraded to Windows 8.1 and then Windows 10.

  • Have Toshiba satellite laptop that came with Windows 10 that nothing has worked on. Guess that I will have to reinstall it Thanks anyway. Lost communication with wireless keypad on desktop on same update thought old age was problem replaced with original wired one that worked after 2nd reboot