How to reinstall Microsoft Edge Browser in Windows 10?

By TPS October 31, 2016 How To, Windows

Microsoft Edge Browser is now the fastest browser on the market as it is the only browser that allow users to add notes to webpages that you’re viewing. In addition, you can doodle and even highlight texts directly on the web page.

So you can save and share your edited webpages in any way. Now that’s pretty cool, I think!

For Windows 10 users, Microsoft Edge browser could work wonders. It has quite a few handy features.  At the recently held Windows 10 Event in NYC, Microsoft announced a lot of upgrades. Microsoft Edge’s UI will be updated for better user experience too.

Windows 10 still faces some issues on and off. The most common problems faced by the users with Microsoft Edge Browser are –

  • The Edge Browser may not open, when clicked.
  • It is missing from the start menu
  • It is not shown under Windows Apps
  • It can’t be found anywhere within Windows 10

Users have tried many ways to launch the Edge browser but unfortunately there is no way to launch the Edge Browser manually. Even, when you try to open it from another user account, it is either working properly or not at all. Moreover, you can search it as under:

C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge.exe, but it cannot be launched from that location. In such a scenario, you have to reinstall the Microsoft Edge Browser to its default version.

How to reinstall Microsoft Edge Browser in Windows 10?

Reinstalling Microsoft Edge is not a tough task. Follow the steps properly and you will get going sooner than you think. But remember, if you reinstall Edge, you will lose all your favorites from previous sessions. But if you have saved favorites in any other browser, then it is easy to import it back to the Edge browser. All you have to do is to create a system “restore point” before starting any troubleshooting as it will help you to get back to where you started. To create a restore point just type “create a restore point” in Windows search and then hit “enter”. Now, click on the “Create Tab” and then follow the rest of the instructions.

Steps to reinstall the Microsoft Edge Browser

  • First of all, enable hidden files – Open File Explorer > View Tab > Put a check mark on “Hidden Items”.
  • Now, navigate to
    • C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe and delete the “Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe” Folder. [Where “%username%” is the name of your user account]

Note – Deleting the folder may take some time near about a minute or two to start initializing the deletion process. It will delete all the files except the parent folder and 2 to 3 files. Before deleting the “Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe” folder it will ask you to grant permission simply click on “Ok” button and then click on “skip” option to skip the remaining file deletion and again hit “Ok” button.

  • Sometimes, there are some corrupted files stored in the “Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe” folder so it is better to rename the “Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe” folder to “Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.OLD” to prevent such issues.

Note – You can skip step 2 and proceed further from step 3.

  • Now reboot the computer just to make sure that no folders or files related to Edge browser are open. Otherwise you will not be able to rename it.
  • Further, Launch Command prompt in Admin mode and to launch it just Right-Click The Start Menu > Select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Run the command now.

REN “C:\Users\thf\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe” “Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.OLD” and hit “Enter”. Once again, Copy and paste the below command:

REN “C:\Users\thf\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe” “Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.OLD” and again hit “Enter”.

Note – “thf” is the username in the above command so substitute it with your user account name.

Run this command twice or until you see the message in the command prompt window that says “The system cannot find the file specified” so that you can make sure the folder is renamed.

  • Now, Microsoft Edge is completely removed from the system. To bring it back, we need to reinstall it through an Admin ‘PowerShell” prompt.
  • To Launch Powershell, Type “Power Shell” in Windows search. Right Click and Run as ‘Administrator’. The “Windows PowerShell” – Desktop app.
  • The Default Directory listed would be as : PS C:WINDOWSsystem32>
  • We need to change the directory to reflect the current user account. Step by step sequence:-

a.Type –        cd c:               – Hit enter

 b.Directory Changes to: PS C:>

  1. Type – cd users          – Hit enter
  2. Directory changes to: PS C:users>
  3. Type – cd thf              – Hit enter

Note – “thf” – your account name

  • Copy and Paste the Command in the PowerShell: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose}. Hit enter and wait for a while. Once it says operation completed …. Type “exit” and Hit enter.
  • The Edge Browser will be reinstalled in Windows 10. Now again restart the computer to complete the process.
  • If there are still some errors like ‘Package could not be registered’, ‘The system cannot find the file specified.’ etc. Next, open command prompt in admin mode and run the following command. (It will take some time to execute the command) sfc /scannow. It will find the errors and try to fix corrupted files.
  • Run the below command in Powershell Admin Mode once again

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

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