In most cases when we can’t solve an application issue, a simple reinstall usually solves the problem. This trick might work for most applications but not for Microsoft Edge as it is part of the Windows 10 operating system and cannot be uninstalled. Edge is still vulnerable to slowdowns, crashes and other problems that might force you to completely reset it for a clean start.
You might not be able to uninstall Microsoft Edge, but you can still manually delete most of its core data and re-register it. Below you will see two methods to reset Microsoft Edge’s data to solve problems.
Note: both of the methods will delete Microsoft Edge data (including passwords), so make sure you create a backup of all the important data before deleting it.
Clear Browsing Data
Before we completely reset Microsoft Edge, it is better to go with a little soft approach and see if that solves the problem. Let’s clean all the data stored in Edge and see if it works. To clean all the data, click on the main menu inside Edge (three horizontal dots) and select “Settings” from it.
In Settings, click on the “Choose what to clear” button under “Clear browsing data.” You will see a few options to clear browsing data; you can find more options by clicking on “Show more.”
Now just select all of the options and click on “Clear” at the bottom to delete all of the selected data.
After that, restart the browser and see if the problem you were having is solved; if not, go for the second method below.
Completely Reset Microsoft Edge
If the above method didn’t work, then you may need to completely reset Microsoft Edge. For this purpose we will first have to manually delete Edge’s app package and then re-install it using a powershell command.
Note: make sure you create a backup of your important files and create a system restore point to ensure you can easily go back to your properly working system if anything goes wrong in the process.
Delete Edge’s App Package
To delete Edge’s app package, close Edge (if it’s running), and go to the below mentioned location by entering it in the File Explorer.
(Replace “YourUserName” with your actual account user name)
Now manually select all of the folders and delete them by using the standard “Delete” option in the context menu. If you are prompted to “Continue” or “Skip” something, just do it. Furthermore, you may not be able to delete the “AC” folder; just leave it the way it is if you cannot delete it.
After deleting the files and folders, Edge should immediately close when you try to open it.
Register Edge’s Data Again
Now open an elevated PowerShell window by typing “powershell” in the Cortana search box and select “Run as administrator” from the context menu (right-click menu).
In the PowerShell, copy and paste the below-mentioned command and hit enter.
PowerShell will take a few seconds to process the command and re-register all of Edge’s data. Once done, just open Microsoft Edge, and you will see it has been set to default with the prompt to set up basic settings.
Resetting Microsoft Edge completely should only be used as a last resort to solve your problem. This process completely deletes all your browser data and also resets all of Edge’s settings. It should not be used to solve basic problems, so search for a solution online before going for this option. If you have any questions or would like to add any further information, use the comments section below.