How to Reinstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

The software programs that come with Windows 10 are enough to get a person started with a PC with no extra software. Sometimes, the software programs, including Microsoft Edge, can crash and disappear from the list of apps.

This usually happens after a computer virus infection. If you cannot find Microsoft Edge in your list of apps or shortcuts, there are a few things that you can do to see whether the program is still available.

The best way to know whether the program is still installed is by checking whether it is still available in the “default programs” settings:

How to Check and Recover Microsoft Edge

  • Go to start and click on the settings icon

  • Click on apps
  • On the left pane, click on “default programs”.
  • Go to default browser and check if Microsoft Edge is there.
  • If so, set it as the default browser and click on any link to start edge. You can create your own link by typing it into Word, add space, press control and click on the link.
  • This should launch Microsoft Edge. After it shows, just right click it on the taskbar and pin it there. If the program does not launch, follow the following instructions:

How to Reinstall Microsoft Edge?

The program may be corrupted if it doesn’t launch and needs to be reinstalled. Before you begin the tutorial, you ought to keep in mind that you will be operating on system files. It is best that you create a restore point so that your system can recover from any damage that may arise:

Step 1: End the processes associated with Edge. Start task manager and look for a process called MicrosoftEdge.exe and end it. If you can’t find it, it means that the program is not running, hence move on to the next step.

Step 2: Open up File Explorer, click View and then check Hidden items box to view all hidden folders. This is required as some folders like AppData are hidden by default.

Step 3: Press the Windows logo button + E and paste the address below into the top address bar written “quick access”:

C:UsersYourUserNameAppDataLocalPackages

Replace “YourUserName” with your user name. Alternatively, you can go to the address manually if you are getting any errors.

Step 4: Delete a folder named “Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe”. You can find it by pressing Ctrl + F and pasting the name of the package.

It might take while before the folder is found. After about 10 minutes, a pop-up window will authenticate your request by asking is you are sure if you are sure about deleting the folder permanently.

Just click on yes and wait for a while. The system files take longer to work on, hence you have to give it some time before the folder is permanently deleted. Don’t be alarmed when you see a 50mb folder deleting for more than one minute.

Not all of the files in the folder can be deleted. You need to skip the files in order for the process to go on. Just skip any of the files that bring about errors during deletion.

Step 5: Since you need the changes to be recognized by the system, close the active windows and restart the PC. Some programs like MS Word keep the computer from rebooting until you save the progress or force restart.

Step 6: Go to the start menu and search for PowerShell. Launch PowerShell as administrator by right-clicking on it and selecting the “Run as an administrator” option.

Step 7: You now need to navigate to the root folder of your user account. PowerShell will be working from here. To access the folder with PowerShell, type in the following code and replace “yourusername” with your account user name.

cd C:usersyourusername

Step 8: All you need now is to enter the following code into PowerShell. To do so, just copy it from here and paste it into PowerShell… or just type it.

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

Once the process completes successfully, you should see “Operation completed for***” in a popup dialog box.

After another restart of your computer, you should now be able to use the Microsoft Edge browser without any issues.

Alternatives for Microsoft Edge

You may be feeling like you need something new with lots of other features included. Well, it's a lucky thing there are numerous internet browsers for you to use. Chrome, however, is the best alternative for you to go for:

Google Chrome

As many of you know, the chrome internet browser is developed by Google Inc. The Browser has been around for quite a while and is the basic browser for all the Android mobile phones.

A person who uses Chrome on the Android phone and also on the Windows 10 PC has lots of great benefits from it:

Advantages of using Chrome on Windows 10

  • First of all, Google Chrome Syncs all the browsing data through your devices. If you have an open tab on your mobile phone but you want to access it on the PC, it is easy for you to access the page there. You just need to go to the device's history by pressing Ctrl+H and voila, you have the page.
  • Theme: The Google Chrome Browser has lots of amazing themes to use. The themes make the browser to become even more classy to use.

  • The browser also supports numerous extensions provided by different developers. Unlike Edge, Chrome can support almost all the extensions in the market since developers focus mostly on Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
  • Google Apps: You also get to use all of the online Google applications without compatibility issues. These apps include Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Sheets and Google Docs.

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