FIX: Microsoft Edge not working in Windows 10

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  • Microsoft Edge is the built-in browser that comes with Windows 10 and some users reported that is not working at all for them.
  • To fix this issue, make sure that DNS Client is running and that Edge isn’t blocked by your antivirus or firewall.
  • Visit our dedicated Fix Hub to find out more about how you can fix frequent PC issues.
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Microsoft Edge is just one of many new features of Windows 10, and just like it’s the case with other notable features, users are satisfied with it.

But some users reported that Microsoft Edge won’t even work on their computer so we prepared a couple of workarounds, in order to help anyone who faces this problem.

But first, here’s the list of all the potential Edge problems you can resolve with the solutions we presented:

  • Microsoft Edge won’t open
  • Microsoft Edge crashes
  • Microsoft Edge runs slow
  • Microsoft Edge not working after update
  • Microsoft Edge keeps freezing 
  • Microsoft Edge crashes after opening a tab

What can I do if Microsoft Edge stops working in Windows 10?

  1. Use a different browser
  2. Switch to Private Network
  3. Enable DNS Client
  4. Register app packages 
  5. Run the App Troubleshooter
  6. Run the SFC scan
  7. Run DISM
  8. Clear the cache and data
  9. Turn off the firewall
  10. Change your Antivirus
  11. Install the latest updates
  12. Uninstall the latest updates
  13. Change the security permissions

1. Use a different browser

Continuously having problems with your browser is enough reason to consider switching to a new one. Not only it’s frustrating to have to stop whatever you are doing in order to fix your browser not working, but it’s also time-consuming.

There are plenty of good options out there and after we analyzed them all, we think Opera has all the features and elements that will make any user happy.

Speed-wise, Opera is excellent and your browsing speed is also enhanced due to the built-in adblocker. Thanks to this you will no longer be bothered by unwanted ads and your pages will load 90% faster.

Workspace, tab manager, free VPN, integrated social media in the taskbar, video pop-out integrated messenger are just a few of the new features that Opera brings. The primary goal being efficiency and great user experience.

All the features combined reduces to almost zero all browsing errors and speed issues. It’s a browser designed to make your life easier and your workflow even more organized.



Close to zero errors on opening, browsing, updating or playing videos. It's fast, reliable and your privacy online is assured.

2. Switch to Private Network

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Go to the Settings app.
  3. Go to Network & Internet, and then to Ethernet.
  4. Click on your connection icon, under Ethernet.
  5. Change Find devices and content to On.
  6. Restart your computer.

Note: This option sets your internet connection to Private, therefore Microsoft Edge won’t recognize any threats to your privacy, and you’ll probably be able to connect to the internet via Windows 10 default browser again.

If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue.

3. Enable DNS Client

  1. Go to Search, type services.msc and open - fix sound lenovo laptops
  2. Find DNS Client and check it’s Status.
  3. Right-click on the DNS Client service and choose Start.
  4. Restart your computer.

4. Register app packages 

  1. Right-click on the Start Menu button.
  2. Open Command Prompt.
  3. Type PowerShell in the command line and hit Enter.
  4. In Administrator: PowerShell window type in the following command and press Enter:
    • Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml"}Microsoft Edge won't open
  5. Restart your computer.

PowerShell stops working? Take a look at this article and learn how to fix it like a real technician.

5. Run the App Troubleshooter

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Head over to Updates & Security.
  3. Select Troubleshoot. 
  4. Select Windows Store Apps, and go to Run the Troubleshooter. Microsoft Edge crashes after opening a tab
  5. Restart your computer.

6. Run the SFC scan

  1. Go to Search, type cmd, right-click Command Prompt.
  2. Select Open as Administrator.
  3. Type sfc/scannow, and press Enter.Microsoft Edge not working after update
  4. Wait for the process to finish.
  5. Restart your computer.

FAQ: Learn more about Microsoft Edge

  • How do you reset Microsoft Edge?

To reset Edge, you will have to choose the Reset option from the Settings app menu.

  • How do I fix Microsoft Edge browser?

To fix Microsoft Edge, run SFC and DISM scans from Command Prompt. If that doesn’t help, reset or reinstall Microsoft Edge.

  • Can you uninstall and reinstall Microsoft Edge?

Yes, it’s possible to reinstall Microsoft Edge, but since Edge is a built-in application, you’ll need to reinstall it by running a specific command from PowerShell.

  • How do I disable Microsoft Edge?

To disable Microsoft Edge, go to C:\Windows\SystemApps, locate the Microsoft Edge folder and rename it. If you want to enable it, rename the folder back to its original name.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in August 2015 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
  • Just updated win 7 to win 10 and edge wouldn’t open. Went to msconfig and found that startup was set to selective. Switched it normal, rebooted, and edge works fine.

  • Microsoft Edge even not start on Windows 10

    Whenever I click on Microsoft edge, the window opens, and just after few seconds, automatically closed down even before getting the home screen.

    How do I fix it?

  • How I fixed Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

    Problem: Microsoft Edge stopped working or working properly… 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” . Nothing was fixing the problem.

    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
    Hank Freeman – Senior SQL Server DBA – Data and Solutions Arch.
    Posted 1-Feb-2016

    • Thanks a million, Hank. Worked beautifully, and although I’m a die-hard Chrome fan, I do like Edge for certain functions. Much appreciated.

    • To all: Make sure that you have your system ready to receive ALL UPDATES regardless of time of day or night.. Meaning the default action is for the system to go to sleep after some amount of time. So regardless of whether the system is a Desktop or Laptop that is always plugged in, make sure that the default action under the power plan(s) (all of them) is that the system never goes to sleep, (excluding the monitor or laptop screen).. This allows the system to do the updates, restarts in repetitive succession until everything is up-to-date.. Sometimes this take several days unless you restart the system as needed.

      Lastly, since updates occur usually on Tuesday, make sure you have everything saved before you walk away from your system or an update/restart may bite you on the backside when you least want it or expect it to. I have noticed that after updates are applied and the Restart has-not-yet happened, the system runs strangely, so if you check you will probably (not always) find the system is waiting for a restart. If that is the case, fire one off ….

      THIS WHOLE SET OF ISSUES concerning MS Edge, started from an incomplete update, so all of the above makes sense.
      To all Good Luck and then enjoy Windows 10 and MS Edge.
      Hank Freeman

    • I can’t believe it !! This totally worked! I’m so grateful- THANK YOU!! I have spent hours trying to get my computer to work. Watched a bunch of You Tube videos- nothing worked.The Edge icon disappeared and wouldn’t launch, and the search bar was rendered useless. I would have reset my computer, but Windows 10 wouldnt even allow me to do that! I found this page on Firefox, and now my problem is fixed.

  • Solution 3 – Register app packages fixed it for me thank you, I was tearing my hair out, tried loads recomends this worked for me:) Paul.

  • None of that worked- have tried every solution I’ve come across. Nothing happens- it just disappeared in the last couple days and everything I try makes no difference.