Enable or Disable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge

How to Enable or Disable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has updated the Edge browser with a new option that speeds up the browser startup performance. By using a number of techniques, it allows Microsoft Edge to open much faster.

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As you could expect, the performance boost is achieved by leaving the Edge process in memory, running in the background. A new option in Settings > System > Startup boost, when enabled, creates a background worker that launches a set of Microsoft Edge processes in the background. The processes prepare and load important components of the browser once the user sign in to his user account.

So, when you launch it, it will become available almost instantly. It affects all launch scenarios, including opening links from other apps, launch from desktop shortcuts and taskbar, etc.

The background processes run at low priority, so the resource impact on modern devices should not be notable.

This post will show you how to enable or disable the Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge.

To Enable or Disable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click on the Settings button (Alt + F) and select Settings from the menu.Microsoft Edge Chromium Settings Menu Item
  3. On the left, click on System.
  4. On the right, turn on (enable) or off (disable) the Startup Boost toggle option.Microsoft Edge Enable Startup Boost
  5. You can now close the Edge settings page.

You are done.

When the Startup Boost is enabled, recent Windows 10 builds will show a notification that Edge has been added to the startup and will run automatically when you sign-in to you user account.

Microsoft Edge Startup Boost Enabled NotificationIt is a new feature, mentioned here: Windows 10 will notify you about new Startup entries

If you don't see the Startup Boost option yet, ensure that you have installed the latest available Microsoft Edge. At the moment of this writing, I am having the option in Edge Canary version 88.0.680.0.

Microsoft has issued a FAQ that covers general details of the new feature. According to the document, the feature is now gradually deployed to all devices running Windows version of Microsoft Edge. Some users may not see the change yet.

That's it.


You can download pre-release Edge version for Insiders from here:

Download Microsoft Edge Insider Preview

The stable version of the browser is available on the following page:

Download Microsoft Edge Stable


Note: Microsoft has started delivering Microsoft Edge to users of Windows via Windows Update. The update is provisioned for users of Windows 10 version 1803 and above, and replaces the classic Edge app once installed. The browser, when delivered with KB4559309, makes it impossible to uninstall it from Settings. Check out the following workaround: Uninstall Microsoft Edge If Uninstall Button is Grayed Out

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer from Russia who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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