Why is Microsoft Edge opening on startup? (2020 fix)

Why is Microsoft Edge opening on startup? Upon starting up your PC, you might have noticed that Microsoft’s internet browser is opening as soon as you log on. This has been happening to folks around the world, whether Edge is your preferred browser or not, it is an annoying thing to happen. Read on to find out why Microsoft Edge is launching when you log in to Windows. Discover below, too, how to stop Microsoft Edge opening on startup.

Why is Microsoft Edge opening on startup?

why is Microsoft Edge opening on startup

Microsoft Edge is starting upon logging in because Microsoft Edge has been updated to a brand-new version with a brand-new icon to boot. This is following the latest Windows 10 update. Microsoft is very keen, it seems, for you to notice Edge and perhaps even swap to it following its update. Opening the program up when you log in, however, might just have the opposite effect.

Upon updating to the latest version of Windows 10, you will get a new Microsoft Edge browser icon pinning itself to your taskbar and creating a new desktop shortcut. Along with this, though, an annoying pop-up appears as you log in, going so far as opening up Microsoft Edge, not going away until you follow the on-screen instructions. It’s an annoying thing to happen, for sure, but is there a way to stop it happening again?

How to stop Microsoft Edge opening on startup

why is Microsoft Edge opening on startup

Thankfully, it appears the annoying pop-up happens just the once. It hasn’t happened a second time to us, at least. To make doubly sure, however, that you stop Microsoft Edge opening on startup, you can follow a couple of simple steps:

  • Right-click the Microsoft Edge icon on your taskbar and choose “Unpin from taskbar”
  • Delete the Microsoft Edge desktop icon
  • Head to “Startup apps” in the system settings (search for it in the Windows 10 taskbar)
    • Turn Microsoft Edge off if it is set to open upon startup