Prevent Windows 10 from Preloading Edge on Startup

Microsoft Corporation has replaced its signature internet browsing software, Internet Explorer, with Microsoft Edge. The new Microsoft Edge is faster and safer and was released with Windows 10. No doubt that Microsoft Edge is the default web browser of Windows and its other processes run on the system before the browser is launched manually. These processes are preloaded in the system which further helps the Edge browser to load quickly as compare to the other web browsers.
Prevent Windows 10 from Preloading Edge on Startup

You can check the processes named as MicrosoftEdge.exe, MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe, and MicrosoftEdgeSH.exe from task manager of your system.  It may sound beneficial for the browser, but there is a problem with the preloading of Microsoft Edge process. The preloading of the Edge browser affects the overall time of the operating system during the startup. The task manager will show it suspended, but the processes are loaded in the background which is useless for those who don’t use Microsoft Edge browser.

Since it is affecting the startup time of the operating system, the Edge browser must be stopped from preloading on startup in Windows 10. So if you are not using Edge browser in your system, then you must follow the guide to stop the preloading in Windows 10 to save the startup time.

How to prevent Windows 10 from preloading Edge on Startup

Using the Registry Editor

  1. Press Windows key + R.
  2. Now, type regedit in the run program and open Windows Registry.
  3. Find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and click to expand.
  4. Now, click to open Software and then go to Policies.
  5. Select Microsoft and then open the MicrosoftEdge
  6. Now, right click on Main.
  7. Now, select New and select DWORD 32-bit.
  8. Name the DWORD as AllowPrelaunch and double-click it.
  9. Now, set the value to 0.
  10. Again, find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and go to Software.
  11. Click Policies and select Microsoft.
  12. Again, select MicrosoftEdge and right click on TabPreloader.
  13. Here also create a new DWORD 32 bit and name it as AllowTabPreloading.
  14. Double click this newly created DWORD and set the value to 0.

Using the Group Policy

Windows 10 is offering two policies to control the preloading of Edge and New Tab content before the browser is launched.

  1. Press Windows key and type msc.
  2. Press the Enter button and Group Policy Editor will load on the system.
  3. Now, go to Local Computer Policy and click on Computer Configuration.
  4. Select Administrative Templates.
  5. Now, click Windows Components and select Microsoft Edge.
  6. You will see Allow Microsoft Edge to pre-launch at Windows startup when the system is idle, and each time Microsoft Edge is closed.
  7. Click the policy and open the configuration.
  8. You will see three options – Configured, Enabled and Disabled.
  9. Select Enable to activate it.
  10. Now select Prevent pre-launching to disable the preloading.
  11. Now the Microsoft Edge will not preload during startup of the system. Hence the operating system won’t be affected anymore.
  12. Now, there is another policy which is Allow Microsoft Edge to start and load the Start and New Tab page at Windows startup and each time Microsoft Edge is closed.
  13. Again, select the Enabled option and then click to select prevent preloading.
  14. It will affect in disabling Microsoft Edge from preloading the New Tap page or the Start Page.

Don’t forget to reboot your system after following the methods mentioned above. Remember, the tip will be useful only when you are sure about not using Microsoft Edge in your Windows system. The methods definitely help you to disable the preloading of Edge resulting in quick Startup of the operating system.

Jack Tucker is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry from last 10 year. As a technical expert, he has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

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