Microsoft Edge runs slow? We got the best fixes for that

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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  • Microsoft Edge is a solid browser, but users reported certain issues with it.
  • Speaking of Edge issues, many users reported that Microsoft Edge is acting slow on their PC.
  • Fixing this issue is simple, and you need to check your Internet connection and reset Edge to the default settings.
  • This article is one of many from our Edge hub. If you’re looking for the latest Edge news and guides, be sure to check our Edge hub.
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According to various tests, Microsoft Edge is a very fast browser, even faster than Chrome. But, some users reported that for some reason, Microsoft Edge on their computers runs very slow.

So, we prepared a couple of solutions to help those who are facing this issue to use Microsoft Edge at its full speed.

Here are some more scenarious where you can apply these solutions, as well:

  • Microsoft Edge very slow to respond
  • Microsoft Edge slow loading pages
  • Microsoft Edge not loading pages

What do I do if Microsoft Edge is slow on Windows 10?

Table of contents:

  1. Set the New Location For Temporary Files
  2. Clear Cache And Browsing History
  3. Reset Hosts File
  4. Check Your Internet Connection
  5. Delete Edge extensions
  6. Reset Microsoft Edge
  7. Run the SFC scan

Fix: Microsoft Edge loads slowly in Windows 10

1. Set the new location For Temporary Files

  1. Open Internet Explorer (not Edge)
  2. Click on the Gear icon, and select Internet Options
  3. On the General tab, under Browsing History, go to Settings
  4. On the Temporary Internet Files tab, click on Move folder
  5. Choose the new location for Temporary Internet Files folder (like C:\Users\yourname)
  6. Then set the Disk Space to use 1024MB and click OK edge slow windows 10
  7. Open Microsoft Edge, and see if the browsing is now faster.

2. Clear cache and browsing history

  1. Open Microsoft Edge and click on the dotted menu
  2. Choose Settings
  3. Under Clear browsing data, click on Choose what to clear
  4. Choose Browsing history and Cached data and files and click on Clear microsoft edge works slow

You can also use some third-party software to clean your browsing data. If you decide to do that, we recommend you CCleaner, because it’s extremely simple to use, and very effective as well.

You just have to open the program, check Internet cache, and other internet files, under Microsoft Edge (you have to do that only once), and hit Analyze, and then Clean when the analysis is finished.

But to clean Edge files with CCleaner, you have to download the latest version of the software.

ccleaner windows 10 edge


3. Reset hosts file

  1. Open File Explorer, and paste the following into the search bar:
    • %systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc
  2. Now, right-click on hots file, choose Open with, and choose Notepad
  3. Replace the text from the file with the following text:
    • # Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
      #
      # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
      #
      # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
      # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
      # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
      # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
      # space.
      #
      # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
      # lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
      #
      # For example:
      #
      # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
      # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host
      # localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
      # 127.0.0.1 localhost
      # ::1 localhost
  4. Close Notepad, and save the changes

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