Microsoft Edge Closing Automatically After a Few Seconds Fix

Last Updated on September 5, 2017

Recent Windows 10 updates have screwed another part of the OS, again. This time, it is the Edge web browser.

What’s happening is that for some users, as soon as they click on the Edge Browser icon, the Microsoft Edge closes after a few seconds or blinks before crashing.

So, coming to the point, some of our users have pointed out that while using the Edge browser, sometimes it automatically closes itself. And, other times, it doesn’t even start and just closes itself automatically with no errors and warnings alike.

Below is a video of the crash that is happening for some users in action. The best solution to this problem is to use something else like Chrome, Firefox or a very nice addition to my favorites known as the Vivaldi browser.

YouTube video

This is obviously frustrating for most of us because a quick Google search also reveals that many people are facing this issue. It is hard to fix something like this because the Edge browser doesn’t show any errors or warnings before closing itself time to time causing a lot of work and time to be lost.

After fiddling with the Edge files and other settings, it turns out that the main cause of this problem is the corrupt Microsoft Edge folder.

What’s happening is that over time, the Edge browser is collecting a lot of data during your web browsing sessions in order to make the web browsing fast. But, unlike others, it is not good enough right now to handle all that information.

This causes the crash. In this post, we will discuss the steps to fix the problem of the Microsoft Edge closing automatically error.


Remove Edge From Windows

For fixing the crashing issues in the browser, we will first remove it from the system and in the next step, we will install it. Let’s proceed with the steps below.

  • Press Win + R key to open the Run box.
  • Type C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe. Hit Enter.
  • Once the folder opens, press the Ctrl + A keys to select all the folders in the current window.
  • Press the Delete key on the keyboard. If a confirmation box opens, select “Yes“.
  • Close the window.

Reinstall Edge Browser

What we did above was to delete all content and files related to the Edge browser. Now we will have to reinstall the Edge again in order to make it usable in Windows again. Following are the steps to do that.


  • Press the Windows key, search for PowerShell.
  • Right click on Windows Powershell and select Run as Administrator.
  • Now type the following in the PowerShell window and press Enter.
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
  • After it is done, quit the PowerShell window by clicking the close button.
  • Restart Windows.

If the browser still crashes without any errors what so ever, it probably time to ditch it altogether. Perhaps, this is a protection feature to hinder you from using it at all. But, seriously, head over to the comments section and let us know whether this worked for you. If not, we will be glad to help.

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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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6 thoughts on “Microsoft Edge Closing Automatically After a Few Seconds Fix”

  1. Your fix worked great!!! I have the latest and greatest windows 10 developer.
    Thanks so much. I wasted hours before I found your clear instuctions to get edge working again.
    Thank You.

  2. The problem most likely will not be a permanent fix. The real problem is the amount of data being sent to Microsoft, even if the report feature is turned off.
    Microsoft in their latest addition is violating U.S. Federal law, why? because if they are caught the fine is far less than the benefits.
    Since there is no one individual being held accountable for a corporate entity, their lawyers tell them they are okay.

    However the public has far more weight than government, since it’s the public that allows them to be licensed, therefor to continue their corporate status.
    That also means if the public decides to pull their licensing the corporation seizes to exist, and liability then is passed onto the responsible party, aka those whom are in charge.

    The real problem in modern society is the presumption that liability is limited to government proof, but isn’t really, because limited immunity exists even with a corporation.
    And those in charge wave their limited immunity in most circumstances.
    As users it’s not their responsibility to fix what’s broken, but to receive as advertised the product they purchased.

  3. Normally a chrome crashes because inefficient it can be avoided by better ram management, so we have to disable all other application that we don’t need at that timelike antivirus that is not needed, can be disabled temporary at that time.

  4. fixed it by accident, hopefully haven’t created more issues, Went to task manager, rt clicked on windows explore > end task > then restarted computer. working fine now.

    Both Edge and Start Menu were having issues. start menu would not appear and Edge was closing out after a few seconds.


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