Well, this one was surely a strange one for me. I launched Microsoft Edge browser on my Windows 10 laptop only to find that after a few seconds, my PC crashed with a IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Stop Error and restarted. This happened to me 3 or 4 times. It took me a while to understand when or how it was happening, but after a few restarts, I was able to understand the issue. If you see a Blue Screen when you open Microsoft Edge browser or if your Microsoft Edge is stuck or frozen on a Blue Screen, this post will help you.
Blue Screen when you open Edge browser
The IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL is a fairly common Stop Error that occurs when a driver has illegally accessed a memory location while NT is operating at a specific IRQL. This is a driver coding error, akin to trying to access an invalid memory location. If you receive this error, you may want to update your display driver and see if that helps you.
I noticed one thing. When I was not connected to the Internet, and I launched Edge, my PC did not crash. The moment I connected to the Internet, Edge while trying to load my Start Page, caused a Blue Screen. Take a look at the video.
If you receive a Windows 10 Blue Screen when you launch Edge browser, check if your Start Page. My Edge was set to open with a Start Page and new Tabs with Top sites and suggested content.
To fix this issue, I decided to set Edge to open with a blank page as follows, and see if it helped – and it did!
Disconnect from the Internet and launch your Edge browser. Click on the 3-dotted More link and then on Settings. You see the following settings.
Click on Open Microsoft Edge with drop down and you will see an option A specific page or pages. Select this one.
A space to Enter a URL will appear. Enter about:blank here to open a blank page.
Next, you will see a Open New tabs with setting. From the drop down select A blank page, and click on the Save icon.
Close Edge, connect to the Internet and re-launch your Edge browser and see. It should have worked.
Microsoft Edge is stuck on a Blue Screen
If you see that your Microsoft Edge browser is stuck or frozen on a Blue Screen, then it could well be malware. Check your Edge extensions and uninstall or disable the doubtful ones. If need be, reset Edge browser settings to default.
Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP since then. 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.