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Repair or Reset Microsoft Edge browser to default settings 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 Microsoft Edge browser to default settings in Windows 10, you may try the following.

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.

Reset Microsoft Edge browser

Unlike how you can reset Internet Explorer, there is no way to actually reset Edge settings to default. But you may try the following and see if any of this helps you make your Edge problems go away. Before you begin, create a system restore point first.

1] Open Edge browser settings and delete Edge Browsing History, Cookies, Data, Cache. See if this helps makes your issues disappear.

2] 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.

3] If you create a new User Account, your Edge will be available to you in a fresh state, for that User Account.

4] Delete the Edge app package and reinstall Edge browser package. 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.

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.

This post will show you how to Reset Windows 10 if you ever feel the need to.