[GUIDE] Reset Microsoft Edge to Default Settings

How to Reset Microsoft Edge to Default Settings

With Windows 10 Microsoft introduced it’s latest browser Microsoft Edge, which replaces its traditional browser Internet Explorer, although IE is still present in Windows 10 not as a default browser. Although Microsoft Edge is the latest browser which promises security and fast browsing, it could still break and lead to a crash and what not. Although Edge is a protected Windows 10 app, you can’t uninstall or remove it from Windows, and it is very unlikely that it could get compromised.

How to Reset Microsoft Edge to Default Settings

The only option you have is to reset edge in Windows 10 if something goes wrong with it. Unlike, how you can reset Internet Explorer there is no direct way to reset Microsoft Edge to default, but we still have some way to accomplish this task. So without wasting any time let’s see How to Reset Microsoft Edge to Default Settings in Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed guide.

[GUIDE] Reset Microsoft Edge to Default Settings

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

Method 1: Reset Microsoft Edge using Settings (Clear Browsing Data)

1. Open Edge from Windows Search or Start Menu.

Open Microsoft Edge by searching on search bar | [GUIDE] Reset Microsoft Edge to Default Settings

2. Click on the three dots on the upper right corner and select Settings.

click three dots and then click settings in Microsoft edge

3. Under Clear browsing data, click on Choose what to clear.

click choose what to clear

4. 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. See if you’re able to Reset Microsoft Edge to Default Settings, if not then continue.

Method 2: Reset Microsoft Edge

1. Navigate to the following directory:

C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Local\Packages

Note: To open AppData folder you need to checkmark Show hidden files and folders in Folder Options.

show hidden files and operating system files | [GUIDE] Reset Microsoft Edge to Default Settings

2. Find Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder in the list and double-click on it.

Select all the files inside Microsoft Edge folder and permanently delete all of them

3. Select all the files and folders inside it and permanently delete them by pressing Shift + Delete.

Note: If you get a Folder Access Denied error, click Continue. Right-click on the Microsoft Edge 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

4. Now type PowerShell in Windows search then right-click on it and select Run as Administrator.

In the Windows search type Powershell then right-click on Windows PowerShell (1)

5. Type the following command into PowerShell and hit Enter:

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

Re-install Microsoft Edge

6. That’s it! You just reset Microsoft Edge browser to default settings.

Method 3: Run System File Checker and DISM

1. Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter. | [GUIDE] Reset Microsoft Edge to Default Settings

2. Now type the following in the cmd and hit enter:

Sfc /scannow
sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows (If above fails then try this one)

SFC scan now command prompt

3. Wait for the above process to finish and once done, restart your PC.

4. Again open cmd and type the following command and hit enter after each one:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

DISM restore health system

5. Let the DISM command run and wait for it to finish.

6. If the above command doesn’t work, then try on the below:

Dism /Image:C:\offline /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows /LimitAccess

Note: Replace the C:\RepairSource\Windows with your repair source (Windows Installation or Recovery Disc).

7. Reboot your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Reset Microsoft Edge to Default Settings.

Method 4: Create a new local account

1. Press Windows Key + I to open Settings and then click Accounts.

Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Accounts

2. Click on Family & other people tab in the left-hand menu and click Add someone else to this PC under Other people.

Click on Family & other people tab and and click Add someone else to this PC | [GUIDE] Reset Microsoft Edge to Default Settings

3. Click, I don’t have this person’s sign-in information in the bottom.

Click, I don’t have this person’s sign-in information in the bottom

4. Select Add a user without a Microsoft account in the bottom.

Select Add a user without a Microsoft account in the bottom

5. Now type the username and password for the new account and click Next.

Type the username and password for the new account and click Next | [GUIDE] Reset Microsoft Edge to Default Settings

Sign in to this new user account and see if the Windows Store is working or not. If you can successfully Reset Microsoft Edge to Default Settings in this new user account, then the problem was with your old user account, which might have got corrupted, anyway transfer your files to this account and delete the old account to complete the transition to this new account.

Method 5: Repair Install Windows 10

This method is the last resort because if nothing works out, then, this method will surely repair all problems with your PC. Repair Install using an in-place upgrade to repair issues with the system without deleting user data present on the system. So follow this article to see How to Repair Install Windows 10 Easily.

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Reset Microsoft Edge to Default Settings in Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding the above 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.

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