When Microsoft Edge crashes, fixing is it not as easy as just simply uninstalling it. Here’s how you can fix or reset Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

Unlike downloadable web browsers, Microsoft Edge comes as part of the Windows 10 system. Although this also yields benefits to Windows 10 users, things can get a little more complicated when problems arise.

While users of other web browsers can simply uninstall and reinstall to try to fix problems, this is simply not the case on Microsoft Edge’s current version.

There are, however, still other ways to try to fix it. Starting with resetting it.

How to reset Microsoft Edge

1. Open settings by clicking on the three horizontal dots () on the upper right hand corner of the screen, which should be directly below the X (close) button.
2. Select Settings
3. Select Clear browsing data
4. Select Choose what to clear
5. Click Show more
6. Select everything
7. Click Clear
8. Close Microsoft Edge, restart your PC, and then relaunch Microsoft Edge to see if the trick worked.

In case it didn’t, and you’re feeling a little lucky, here’s another that you can try to do.

Use System File Checker to reset Microsoft Edge

1. Make sure Microsoft Edge is completely closed and not running in the background.
2. Right click on the Start Menu, click on Command Prompt (Admin)
3. Type sfc /scannow and hit Enter

If Windows was able to detect any problem within the system, it should inform you once the scan is done. If it was able to detect a problem but was not able to fix it, a message that says “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them”.

We’ve also included another more complicated way to reset Microsoft Edge in case the above doesn’t work. Be warned, however, that you might lose important files through this process, so it’s best to make sure to back up your files and create a system restore point on your computer first, before trying this command.

Reset Microsoft Edge using a Powershell command

1. Open File Explorer from the Task Bar
2. Navigate to this path: C:\Users\%username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe BUT make sure to replace %username with the username that you use on your computer.
3. Clear everything inside it.
4. Copy this: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose}
5. Right click on Start Menu and then select Windows PowerShell (Admin)
6. Paste the command you’ve copied from step 4 and hit Enter.

Once the process has been successfully completed, you should be able to open Microsoft Edge and see that everything has been restored to default.

When all else fails, however, you can still visit Microsoft’s support desk or drop them a line here.