Sometimes when you try to open Microsoft Edge, it can open and close instantly. This usually means the browser has crashed. Something happens as soon as you launch the browser; it could be a page with a script already open, or a corrupt Edge file, an extension or an outdated file. This article will share what you can do to recover if Microsoft Edge closes immediately after opening on Windows 11/10.
Microsoft Edge closes automatically immediately after opening
Follow these suggested methods, which may help you fix the problem with Edge.
- Update Microsoft Edge in Safe Mode or Clean Boot State
- Delete Edge cache files
- Start Edge in InPrivate mode
- reset edge
- Repair or reinstall Microsoft Edge
- Set a custom start page
- Check for damaged system files.
Go through the list and see which of them may apply to you. You may need admin permissions for some of them. Note that running Windows Store Troubleshooter will not work as it is no longer a store app. Also, make sure you’re using the stable version of Edge.
1]Update Microsoft Edge in Safe Mode
Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode or Clean Boot State.
See if you can open Microsoft Edge. Type bord://settings/help in the address bar and press Enter.
In clean/safe boot mode, you may also want to update all Microsoft Edge extensions.
Once done, restart in normal mode and see if Edge is working properly.
If that doesn’t help, try the next suggestion.
2]Clear edge cache
Since you cannot open Microsoft Edge, it would be better to clear Edge cache files directly.
You may need to use Disk Cleanup tool or freeware like CCleaner to remove all browser cache.
3]Start Edge in InPrivate mode
Launch Edge in InPrivate mode. To do this, locate the Edge browser in the start menu or taskbar. Right-click on it, then choose InPrivate mode.
If you cannot start Edge InPrivate this way, open the Run dialog box, type the following command and press Enter:
start msedge –inprivate
This ensures that Edge loads without extensions. If it works fine, click on the menu bar and select Extensions.
Uninstall or disable all extensions.
Restart Edge normally, then enable extensions one by one. Close and restart one by one.
Try to identify the offending extension and remove it.
Again, see if you can launch Edge when Windows 10 is started in Safe Mode. If yes, good! Type the following URL in the address bar and press Enter.
You need to reset Edge.
If that doesn’t help, then in your normal mode, make sure the Edge processes are all closed through the task manager.
It is possible that some Edge browser processes are running in the background which could be causing this issue that Microsoft Edge won’t open or keeps crashing. So all you need to do is find and terminate those running processes.
To do this, open Task Manager and go to Process tongue. Scroll down to find any Microsoft Edge running process. Select this process and use the Final task button. Repeat the same if there are other running processes of Edge browser.
Then open File Explorer and navigate to the following folder:
Locate the profile folder named as Default. Rename it to default-old.
Close explorer and now see if you can start Edge.
When you do this, browser settings and user preferences will be reset.
Lily: Microsoft Edge does not open.
5]Repair or Reinstall Microsoft Edge
To reinstall or repair Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 11, follow these steps:
- Press Win + I to open Windows 11 Settings
- Select App Settings
- On the right side, click Apps & Features
- Find Edge in the list of apps
- When Microsoft Edge appears, click on the 3-dot link
- From the drop-down menu, select Edit
- Finally, click on Repair to start reinstalling the Edge browser.
You should know that the new Microsoft Edge Chromium browser installed via Windows Update does not offer you the possibility to uninstall it. What you can do is repair Microsoft Edge through settings and see.
Open Settings > Apps > Apps & features and search for Edge. Hurry Edit.
In the box that opens, click Repair.
This will repair Edge and you will see a new icon placed on the desktop.
You can also download Edge and run the installer.
If you are not very interested in troubleshooting and want to solve it quickly, this suggestion is good. If you have history syncing turned on, it shouldn’t take long to get started.
Lily: Microsoft Edge does not close
6]Set a custom start page
If you can open Edge once in a while, change the custom start page. If not, see if you can open the browser in safe mode by running this command in CMD:
start msedge –inprivate
If you can open it well, otherwise this trick might not help you.
You can have a favorite website or the fancy page as the default page when you open a new tab or when you open a new instance.
Go to Settings > New Tab > Customize > switch to Priority. This will load with a Bing search bar and a list of icons of recently visited pages.
Then, in the settings, click on the “On startup” options. Set the option to “Open in a new tab” instead of “Continue where you left off” or “Open a specific page or pages”, and the next time you open, combined with the Focus setting. It will load with minimal stuff.
7]Scan for damaged files
System File Checker or SFC is a built-in command that can repair damaged files required by Microsoft Edge. This can happen because you can shut down the computer or a task by killing it directly.
- Open the command prompt with administrator permission by typing cmd in the run prompt (Win + R), then press Shift + Enter.
- Type SFC /scannow to start the scanning process
- Once done, relaunch Edge and see if it works fine.
There are a few other things you can try, including signing out of Edge, using a different account, and checking to see if you’re having the same issue with a different user account. But in most cases, resetting the Edge browser should work fine.