How to Reinstall (Reset) Microsoft Edge Browser

Microsoft introduced the Edge browser with Windows 10, the latest version of their operating system. Whilst being a good offering, the browser isn’t mature yet and lacks behind on functionality when compared to the likes of Firefox or Opera. Some issues with Edge include random freezes and force close which causes users to lose data entered into forms, etc. If you too are facing issues with the Edge browser, you can follow the steps below to reset the browser which can cut down on these random issues.

Step 1: Delete App Data for Edge

Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the following directory :

C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Packages 

For example, in my PC, the location is like this : C:\Users\Akhil\AppData\Local\Packages.

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Find the folder named Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe and delete it. If the system denies the deletion process of some files, skip them. After deleting, restart your PC.

Step 2: Reinstall Microsoft Edge using PowerShell

Open Start, type powershell. Right click on the result named Windows PowerShell and select Run as administrator.

After opening Windows powershell, copy and paste the following command in the Powershell terminal and press the Enter key.

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

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Now it will show some operations screen, it will show this text : Operation completed. Restart your PC when done and launch Microsoft Edge browser, everything should be good. Your browser will become like a newly installed one.

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7 Responses to How to Reinstall (Reset) Microsoft Edge Browser

  1. jeff howe July 18, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    Hi – getting the below error in powershell – any idea how to fix?

    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get -AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDeve
    lopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml” -verbose}
    Get : The term ‘Get’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the
    spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.
    At line:1 char:1
    + Get -AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {A …
    + ~~~
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (Get:String) [], CommandNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException

    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32>

    • Narender Singh July 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

      Sorry for the problem. There was a small typing error in the command. I’ve fixed it now 🙂

  2. harald jensen September 4, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    hi
    I am trying to delete this edge file as above but it says that I need administrator rights to do that how can I do that

  3. AKHIL G September 4, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    Are you sure that you are in the Administrator user account ?

  4. lynch September 21, 2016 at 2:00 am #

    did all that and still will not work — opens for few moments then shuts down please help

  5. Priyanshu October 11, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    thanks it worked for me 🙂

  6. Otkon November 25, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

    So, you might need to run PowerShell as Administrator. If the titlebar of your first PowerShell window doesn’t start with *Administrator:*, type “Start-Process PowerShell –Verb RunAs” (without the quotation marks) in the PowerShell command line and hit ENTER. A new PowerShell window will open in Administrator mode. Now enter the full Get-Appx command from above. I was getting an “Access is denied” error until I elevated the PowerShell window this way.

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