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Microsoft Edge bug prevents users from closing the browser on Windows 10

 

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Microsoft Edge was recently updated with “Startup boost“, a new feature that allows the browser to launch even faster after a system reboot on Windows 10.

 

For those uninitiated, the startup boost feature maximizes Microsoft Edge’s performance on Windows 10 by launching certain browser processes when a device is powered on. This allows the Chromium browser to exist in a “state of readiness”.

 

In Microsoft Edge 89, startup boost is automatically enabled without user interaction and Microsoft claims it can improve startup times by 29 to 41 percent.

 

Unfortunately, after Microsoft automatically enabled startup boost, some users started reporting performance issues, including a bug where closing the Edge window doesn’t quit the browser and it will relaunch again. It will also continue to run in the background — something you might never notice unless you open Task Manager.

 

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“Found multiple instances of Edge running in the background and when I turned off Startup Boost, everything returned to normal. I haven’t noticed any difference in performance when this feature was enabled/disabled. Only that it took an impact on my CPU which caused my games to lag horribly,” one user noted.

 

Users have also observed another frustrating problem where Microsoft Edge will reopen immediately after exiting.

“On my laptop, with this feature enabled, after closing Edge, it will open again, and close, and open again. Only by Option -> Close Microsoft Edge can close it completely,” another user confirmed the bug in a post on Microsoft forums.

Microsoft is investigating Edge performance issues

Fortunately, Microsoft is aware of the reports and the company is now pushing a server-side update that will temporarily disable startup boost.

“Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know we decided to temporarily disable startup boost since it was causing a frustrating issue for some users,” Microsoft noted in an update to the FAQ page on March 19.

“Our team is working on fixing a couple of issues where some customers are seeing the browser reopen immediately after exiting and/or a message about reopening tabs when startup boost is enabled,” Microsoft said in a statement.

 

Microsoft is also exploring other “potential solutions”. However, in the meantime, disabling startup boost is the best workaround.

 

 

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Oh dear, Microsoft. In a bid to make its Edge web browser better by adding a new ‘Startup boost’ feature that is supposed to make it load up faster, it looks like it’s actually made things worse, with a bug preventing the browser from closing properly.

 

The new feature would launch some Edge browser processes in the background when Windows 10 starts, so when you actually launch the browser it should start up much faster – as many of its processes are already running.

 

While this is all well and good – though you may bristle at the idea of Edge loading certain processes when Windows 10 starts, which could impact overall startup times – some users have found a rather annoying bug where even if you close the Edge window, the browser won’t actually close, but will continue to run in the background, and will relaunch again, running even more processes.

 

This is far from ideal, and means after a while of using, closing and reopening Edge, you may see an impact to your PC’s performance, as it’ll be struggling to run multiple instances of Edge at once.

 

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As Windows Latest reports, several users have complained about the issue, which is causing their PCs to perform badly. Turning off Startup Boost in Edge appears to fix the problem.

 

If you have noticed a drop in performance recently, then this may be the cause. Bringing up the Task Manager in Windows 10 (Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard) can show you if this is an issue – if there are loads of Edge processes running, then you’re likely impacted by the bug.

 

Some other users are also complaining that when closing Edge, it immediately opens again.

 

You can turn off Startup boost by opening Edge, clicking the icon of three horizontal dots to bring up the menu and clicking ‘Settings’.  From the window that appears, click ‘System’, then click the toggle next to ‘Startup Boost’ to turn it off.

 

Microsoft has also announced that it has decided to “temporarily disable Startup Boost since it was causing a frustrating issue for some users”.

 

So, you may find this issue has already been solved. If not, check to see if you have any updates waiting for you in the Windows Update app. Microsoft is now looking into ways to bring back Startup Boost without causing problems for users.

 

It’s good that Microsoft has moved quickly to address this issue, but it’s a bit embarrassing that in its bid to make Edge better, it’s ended up annoying a lot of people instead.

 

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