How to Stop Microsoft Edge from Opening on Startup

If you are using a Windows PC, then the built-in web browser must be Microsoft Edge.

While Edge is a much nicer browser compared to the previous Internet Explorer (still remember?), many users find it annoying when Microsoft Edge automatically opens upon startup. It can be even more irritating if you actually want to use a different browser like Chrome.

Therefore, disabling Edge from startup on Windows is a task that many of us want to do. That’s why we wanted to write this guide.

Method 1: The Easiest Approach

Best for: stopping Edge AND any other programs you don’t want to auto start up on Windows 10.

Step 1: Right click on the Taskbar at the bottom (or press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys on your keyboard), then select Task Manager.

Step 2: Task Manager will open up, then you click the Startup tab.

Step 3: If the Microsoft Edge app is on your startup list, check it and click the Disable button. In my case, it’s unavailable because I’ve already done that.


Method 2: A Bit Geeky Way

Best for: tech geeks who want to disable Edge in a geeky manner.

Step 1: Right click on the Windows menu button and click on the Run option.

Step 2: Type shell:startup and click the OK button.

Step 3: A folder will be pop up. Delete the Microsoft edge shortcut if available. In my case, it’s empty because I’ve already done that.

Method 3: via Sign-in Options 

Step 1: Click on the Windows Menu button from the bottom left corner of your screen.

Step 2: Click on the Settings icon.

Step 3: Click the Accounts option.

Step 4: Select Sign-in options

Step 5: Turn off Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update or restart

That will do it.

Method 4: Removing Edge from Default Web Browser

Best for: those of you who don’t want to use Microsoft Edge at all.

Step 1: Click the Windows Start button on the bottom left corner of your computer.

Step 2: Select the Settings icon.

Step 3: Click the Apps option.

Step 4: Click Default apps

Step 5: Here you can find the option of changing your default web browser other than Microsoft Edge.

Method 5: via Command Line Tool

Best for: programmers/developers who are used to the command line.

Step 1: Type powershell in the windows search bar.

Step 2: Right click and Run as Administrator.

Step 3: Then copy the command from below and paste it.

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

This way, you’ll also stop Microsoft Edge from starting up automatically.

All of the above methods will stop Microsoft Edge from opening on startup on your Windows PC. Which method did you choose? Any other quick solutions we haven’t covered here? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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