Reset, Repair or Reinstall Edge browser in Windows 10

Microsoft Edge browser is a protected Windows 10 app, and it is unlikely that it will get hijacked or compromised. Nevertheless, if for some reason you wish to reset, repair or reinstall Microsoft Edge browser to default settings in Windows 10, you may do the following.

Repair or Reset Edge browser

Windows 10 v1709 and later allows you to reset or repair Edge browser with a click via Settings. To do so, open the WinX Menu and click on Settings. Next, under the Apps and features section, search for Microsoft Edge.

reset repair edge

Now click on the Advanced options link to open the following window.

Repair or Reset Edge browser

Now you may first select the Repair option if Edge is not working properly. When you repair EDge, your data will remain safe.

If this does not make any difference, you may select the Reset button. Windows will reset your Edge browser settings, keeping your Favorites intact – but you may lose other Edge data.

TIP: If your Edge is crashing or freezing, switch to a Local Account from Microsoft Account, or vice versa and see if this resolves the issue. If you create a new User Account, your Edge will be available to you in a fresh state, for that User Account.

Reinstall Edge browser

You are all familiar with the procedure for manually uninstalling or reinstalling the Store apps. But the remove-appxpackage command will not work for Microsoft Edge, as it is a part of the Windows operating system.

Follow this procedure to do it.

Restart your Windows 10 in Safe Mode.

Open the C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages folder location in File Explorer.

Here you will see the package Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe. Delete it. If you cannot, right-click on it and select Properties. Here under General tab > Attributes, uncheck the Read only check-box. If need be, Take ownership of the file and then delete it. If you want to make things easy, use our Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 and add Take ownership, to your right-click context menu. Then right-click on the package and select Take ownership from the context menu.

Reset or Reinstall Edge browser

Once you have deleted the Edge package, open an elevated PowerShell prompt, type the following and hit Enter:

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

This will re-install Edge browser. Once done, you will receive a Operation completed message.

Restart your Windows 10 computer and see if this has worked for you.

If things have not gone the way you want them to, you can always go back to the created system restore point.

Post update on 18th Oct 2017.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.