Fix: Microsoft Edge runs slow in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
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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

How to make Microsoft Edge faster in 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

Solution 1 – Set the New Location For Temporary Files

While resolving other problems on your computer, you probably run some troubleshooter, which corrupted your Temporary Internet Files folder, which means there’s no allotted cache space for Edge to work properly. To ‘re-gain’ Temporary Files directory, and make your Microsoft Edge work normally, follow these steps:

  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:Usersyourname)
  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.

Solution 2 – Clear Cache And Browsing History

Piled up cache and browsing history can also cause your Edge browser (and any other browser) to run slow. So, just make sure that you’ve cleared the browser’s cache and browsing and maybe Microsoft Edge will run faster. You can clear all browsing data you want, directly from the browser, and here’s exactly how:

  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, I 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

Solution 3 – Reset Hosts File

Some users also reported that resetting Windows’ hosts file also solves the problem with slow Microsoft Edge. So, to reset this file, follow these instructions:

  1. Open File Explorer, and paste the following into the search bar:
    • %systemroot% system32driversetc
  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:
      # # source server
      # # x client host
      # localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
      # localhost
      # ::1 localhost
  4. Close Notepad, and save the changes

Solution 4 – Check Your Internet Connection

Maybe your problem with slow browsing isn’t related to Microsoft Edge at all. So, if you tried all of the steps above, you should check if your internet connection is alright. In case you notice some problems, you can check out our article about connection problems in Windows 10, and maybe you’ll find the solution.

Solution 5 – Delete Edge extensions

There’s a good chance some of the extensions in your browser are making it slow. Since there’s no effective way to find out which extension causes slowdowns precisely, I recommend disabling one at the time. Sure, it’s a time-consuming task, but it may actually be worth it.

But before you uninstall all your extensions, make sure each extension is up to date. Only if you determine that all extensions are up to date, but your browser is still slow, you can proceed to deleting them.

Solution 6 – Reset Microsoft Edge

If none of the solutions from above managed to resolve the problem with Microsoft Edge running slow, we’re going to try with resetting it. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Go to Search, type powershell, and open PowerShell as Administrator.
  2. Paste the following command and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose}Restart your computeredge slow to respond
  3. This command will resinstall Microsoft Edge, and hopefully your problems will be solved. If not, move on to another solution.

Solution 7 – Run the SFC scan

The SFC scan is a popular built-in troubleshooter in Windows 10. You can use it for dealing with various system errors, and it might just be helpful when resolving Edge issues, as well. Here’s how to run the SFC scan:

  1. Go to Search, type cmd in the Search box, and then right-click on Command Prompt,
  2. Click on Run as administrator. (If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow).
  3. At the Command Prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER: sfc /scannowedge not loading pages
  4. Wait for the process to finish.
  5. Restart your computer.

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I hope this article helped you to solve problem with slow Microsoft Edge, if you have any questions, or comments, just reach for the comment section below. Also, if you have any other problems with Microsoft Edge, check out our article about fixing Edge problems in Windows 10, and maybe you’ll find the solution.

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


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