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How to Reset Microsoft Edge Default Settings

Microsoft’s new web browser is still finding its footing in a market dominated by established browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and even the company’s legacy browser, Internet Explorer. One function you still might need to use from time to time is reset the browser to its factory default settings. Resetting Edge will correct glitches that might be affecting the browser.

Restore Default Settings in Microsoft Edge

Launch Microsoft Edge and then click the More Actions menu then click Settings.

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Scroll down to Clear browsing data then click Choose what to clear.

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By default, Browsing History, Cookies, saved website data, and Cached data files are checked, but you can choose from additional data options in the list. The Show more collapsed menu reveals other options to select.

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To reset the entire browser, check all options, then click Clear

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What if Microsoft Edge is Not Opening?

If you experience an issue where Microsoft Edge doesn’t open, try resetting the browser manually. This part is more geeky and advanced, but it will help solve the issue. Press Windows key + R and type: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages.

Open the folder labeled Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe and delete all of its content.

If you experience problems removing the content in the folder, review our article for instructions how to take ownership of a folder, and try again.

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Next, click Start and type: powershell and right-click PowerShell and select Run as administrator.

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Proceed to launch PowerShell with administrator privileges, then issue the following command. This command will reinstall Microsoft Edge:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose}

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The resulting output will appear in the PowerShell window. Exit PowerShell, then try launching Edge again.

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Microsoft is expected to introduce extensions to Edge in the Windows 10 Redstone (currently in preview for Insiders) update coming later this year. It will be good to know how to use these functions if you encounter corrupt extensions.

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6 Responses to How to Reset Microsoft Edge Default Settings

  1. Todd lemmiksoo March 18, 2016 at 6:22 am #

    What to do when the message ” Performing the operation” does not appear?

    • Andre Da Costa March 19, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

      It likely means the syntax was not entered properly. Make sure you enter the command as described, it is also case sensitive, so it must entered exactly as shown.

      Also remember to execute PowerShell with Administrator privileges.

      • Todd lemmiksoo March 19, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

        If the syntax was incorrect Powershell would have returned an error message.
        This what I get.
        Windows PowerShell
        Copyright (C) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

        PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevel
        opmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose}
        PS C:\WINDOWS\system32>

  2. Med.GR July 21, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

    The Powershell method made it working again.
    Thank you!

  3. Trini July 30, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

    In Microsoft edge when I do a search and then click on an item in the search it opens on the same page as the search and not on a new page like e.g. in Chrome or Internet Explorer. I cannot figure out how to change this. The only way I can then get back to the search page is to use the back arrow which is a bit cumbersome. Does anyone know how to change the settings so a search item opens in a new tab?

  4. Chris McGhan August 14, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    The thing is too that you, as you said, have to run this as an Administrator. If Edge craps out and you’re just a regular user, you will have to be added to the Administrators group before running the “Get-AppXPackage…” command as that user. It only resets in “your” user space and doesn’t touch other profiles.

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