In this article, we will see what to do if Edge keeps opening automatically by itself on Windows 11/10 devices. According to the affected users, Edge opens automatically every time they start their computers, whereas, some users have stated that Edge opens up automatically anytime while working on the computer. If you are experiencing any of these issues with Microsoft Edge, the solutions described in this post may help you fix the problem.
Microsoft Edge keeps opening automatically
If Microsoft Edge keeps opening automatically by itself on your Windows 11/10 machine, you can try the following suggestions to get this issue resolved.
- Remove Edge from the Startup folder
- Disable Startup Boost in Edge
- Turn off Automatically save my restartable apps option in Windows Settings
- Disable Edge Update in Task Scheduler
- Stop Edge from opening automatically via Registry
- Troubleshoot in a Clean Boot state
- Reset Edge
Below, we have explained all these solutions in detail.
1] Remove Edge from the Startup folder
Windows Startup folder contains the shortcuts of the apps and software that start automatically when you turn on your computer. If you want any program to be launched by itself when you start your system, you have to place its shortcut in this folder.
If Edge is opening by itself every time you start your system, it might be possible that the Startup folder contains an Edge shortcut. If so, you have to delete the Edge shortcut to solve the issue.
To launch the Startup folder, follow the steps below:
- Launch the Run command box by pressing the Win + R keys.
- Type shell:Startup and click OK. This will open the Startup folder.
- Now, check if it contains the Edge shortcut or not. If yes, delete it.
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2] Disable Startup Boost in Edge
Startup Boost is a feature for Microsoft Edge developed by Microsoft. This feature keeps Edge running in the background so that when you launch Edge, it will launch quicker. Disable the Startup Boost feature in Edge and see if it helps. The steps for the same are written below:
- Launch Microsoft Edge.
- Click on the horizontal three dots on the top right side and select Settings.
- Select System and performance from the left side.
- Turn off the switch next to Startup boost.
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3] Turn off Automatically save my restartable apps option in Windows Settings
Check if the Automatically save my restartable apps option is enabled in Windows 11/10 Settings or not. If it is enabled, turn it off to fix the problem. The steps to do so are as follows:
- Open Windows 11/10 Settings app.
- Go to “Accounts > Sign-in Options.”
- Turn off the switch next to the Automatically save my restartable apps option.
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4] Disable Edge Update in Task Scheduler
Another solution to get rid of this problem is to disable the Edge Update in Task Scheduler. This fix has worked for some users. Maybe it will work for you too. The process is explained below:
- Click on Windows Search and type Task Scheduler.
- Select the Task Scheduler app from the Search Results.
- In the Task Scheduler, select the Task Scheduler Library from the left side. The Task Scheduler Library contains the list of scheduled tasks.
- Now, disable the following tasks. To disable a particular task in Task Scheduler, right-click on it and select Disable.
After performing the above steps, the status of the above tasks should show Disabled. After disabling the Edge Update in Task Scheduler, you have to update the Edge browser manually.
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5] Stop Edge from opening automatically via Registry
You can also prevent Edge from opening automatically by creating a key in Windows Registry Editor. The steps to do that are written below. Before you proceed, it is recommended to create a system restore point and backup your Registry.
Press Win + R keys. When the Run command box appears, type
regedit and click OK. If you receive the UAC prompt, click Yes. This will open the Registry Editor.
Copy the following path and paste it into the address bar of the Registry Editor. After that, press Enter.
Now, check if the AutoRunOnLogon Value is available on the right side. If not, you have to create it. For this, right-click in the empty space on the right side and go to “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.” Right-click on the newly created Value and select Rename. Give it the name AutoRunOnLogon. By default, its Value data should show 0. If not, right-click on it and select Modify and enter 0 in its Value data. Click OK to save the changes.
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6] Troubleshoot in a Clean Boot state
There might be a third-party program running in the background that is triggering Edge to launch. Clean Boot is a feature in Windows 11/10 that lets users identify problematic apps.
After launching your system in Clean Boot, monitor your system for some time to check if Edge opens up automatically or not. If Edge does not launch on its own, one of the background programs that you have disabled in the Clean Boot state is the culprit. Now, you have to identify that problematic program. For this, enable some of the disabled programs in the Task Manager and restart your system in a normal state. Monitor for some time to see if Edge gets launched automatically. If yes, one of the enabled programs is the culprit. Now, disable the programs one by one to identify the problematic program.
7] Reset Edge
If the problem still persists, reset Microsoft Edge. This action will restore the Edge settings to default and fix the problem. Resetting Edge does not delete your bookmarks. Once you sign in to your Microsoft account in the Edge browser, all your bookmarks will be restored again. The Reset Edge option is useful if Edge is not working properly or you are experiencing several issues with Edge.
Why does my Microsoft Edge keep popping up?
If Microsoft Edge keeps popping up automatically, there might be a background app causing the problem. To check this, troubleshoot your system in the Clean Boot state. If Edge opens up automatically when you start your computer, delete the Edge shortcut from the Startup folder. In addition to this, you can also modify a Registry key to stop Edge from opening on system startup. If nothing helps, reset or repair Edge.
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How do I stop Edge from opening automatically?
To stop Edge from opening automatically, Open Task Manager and select the Startup tab. If Edge is listed there as a start program, right-click on it and select Disable. Apart from that, there are several other ways to stop Edge from opening automatically, like deleting its shortcut from the Startup folder, modifying the existing or creating a new Value in Windows Registry, etc. If these methods do not help you, you can fix the problem by resetting or repairing Edge.
Hope this helps.
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