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Fix Microsoft Edge opens multiple windows

Fix Microsoft Edge opens multiple windows: Users are reporting a strange issue with Microsoft Edge which is when you start Edge it opens multiple windows, so you have close all the windows except you can’t close the last window and with no other choice left you have to use Task Manager to end task for the last Edge window. Some users are also reporting that Microsoft edge not only opens multiple instances but also multiple tabs. Even though restarting your PC seems to temporarily fix this issue but it’s not a permanent fix as the problem again comes up after few hours.

Fix Microsoft Edge opens multiple windows

Another problem with Edge opening multiple instances or windows is that it takes more than 50% of your system resources and you to manually close all the open Edge windows using Task Manager which literally takes forever. If you try to manually close all the open instances of Microsoft Edge you won’t be able to do so because the close button fails to close the Edge. So without wasting any time let’s see how to actually Fix Microsoft Edge opens multiple windows issue with the below-listed troubleshooting guide.

Fix Microsoft Edge opens multiple windows

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Delete Edge Browsing History, Cookies, Data, Cache

1.Open Microsoft Edge then click the 3 dots in the upper right corner and choose Settings.

click three dots and then click settings in Microsoft edge

2.Scroll down till you find “Clear browsing data” then click on Choose what to clear button.

click choose what to clear

3.Select everything and click the Clear button.

choose everything in clear browsing data and click on clear

4.Wait for the browser to clear all the data and Restart Edge. Clearing browser’s cache seems to Fix Microsoft Edge opens multiple windows but if this step was not helpful then try the next one.

Method 2: Reset Microsoft Edge

1.Press Windows Key + R then type msconfig and hit Enter to open System Configuration.

msconfig

2.Switch to boot tab and check mark Safe Boot option.

uncheck safe boot option

3.Click Apply followed by OK.

4.Restart your PC and system will boot into Safe Mode automatically.

5.Press Windows Key + R then type %localappdata% and hit Enter.

to open local app data type %localappdata%

2.Double click on Packages then click Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.

3.You could also directly browse to the above location by pressing Windows Key + R then type the following and hit Enter:

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Delete everything inside Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder

4.Delete Everything inside this folder.

Note: If you get a Folder Access Denied error, simply click Continue. Right-click on the Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder and uncheck the Read-only option. Click Apply followed by OK and again see if you’re able to delete the content of this folder.

Uncheck read only option in Microsoft Edge folder properties

5.Press Windows Key + Q then type powershell then right-click on Windows PowerShell and select Run as Administrator.

powershell right click run as administrator

6.Type the following command and hit Enter:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" –Verbose}

7.This will re-install Microsoft Edge browser. Reboot your PC normally and see if the issue is resolved or not.

Re-install Microsoft Edge

8.Again open System Configuration and uncheck Safe Boot option.

9.Reboot your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Fix Microsoft Edge opens multiple windows issue.

Method 3: Perform a Clean Boot

Sometimes 3rd party software can conflict with Microsoft Edge and therefore, Microsoft Edge opens multiple instances of itself. In order Fix Microsoft Edge opens multiple windows issue, you need to perform a clean boot in your PC and diagnose the issue step by step.

Perform Clean boot in Windows. Selective startup in system configuration

Method 4: Configure Microsoft Edge to open to a specific website

1.Open Microsoft Edge and click the three dots in the upper right corner.

click three dots and then click settings in Microsoft edge

2.Scroll down to bottom and click Settings.

3.Now from the Open Microsoft Edge with dropdown select “A specific page or pages.

Enter the URL under Open Microsoft Edge with and make sure you have selected A specific page or pages

4.Type the full website URL, for example, https://google.com under Enter a URL.

5.Click Save then Close Edge and reboot your PC.

Method 5: Run CCleaner and Malwarebytes

1.Download and install CCleaner & Malwarebytes.

2.Run Malwarebytes and let it scan your system for harmful files.

3.If malware is found it will automatically remove them.

4.Now run CCleaner and in the “Cleaner” section, under the Windows tab, we suggest checking the following selections to be cleaned:

ccleaner cleaner settings

5.Once you’ve made certain the proper points are checked, simply click Run Cleaner, and let CCleaner run its course.

6.To clean your system further select the Registry tab and ensure the following are checked:

registry cleaner

7.Select Scan for Issue and allow CCleaner to scan, then click Fix Selected Issues.

8.When CCleaner asks “Do you want backup changes to the registry?” select Yes.

9.Once your backup has completed, select Fix All Selected Issues.

10.Restart your PC to save changes.

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That’s it you have successfully Fix Microsoft Edge opens multiple windows issue but if you still have any questions regarding this guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

1 thought on “Fix Microsoft Edge opens multiple windows”

  1. No matter what I read, for days, resulted in the same exact thing after forcing Edge to close: multiple windows opened. No suggested fixes worked. I auto-time a taskkill command, and auto-open another site (recording while away), and no comments or suggestions helped. My results were the same as the others all over the Internet reporting this same Edge issue. So, I tried new things, and fixed it. Go to history (Ctrl-H or upper right menu), select “Clear history,” then select “On” to “Always clear this when I close browser.” Done. Problem solved.

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