Microsoft’s latest web browser is based on Chromium, an open-source browser project, giving Google Chrome a run for its money since its release. With almost all the Chrome extensions supporting the new browser, migrating to Microsoft Edge was not an issue. However, several users have reported a Microsoft Edge Chromium not launching issue when opening the browser.
When trying to launch the browser, Windows 10 shows the following message:
Windows cannot find C:\program files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe'
Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again
In some instances, you may not see any error. In fact, when clicked on the browser icon, nothing happens.
This error can occur due to several reasons, including corrupted Microsoft Edge files and third-party software conflict. If you have modified the registry files recently, that can be a reason as well.
After searching through the internet forums and our own testing, we have listed a few potential solutions to fix Microsoft Edge Chromium not working issue on Windows 10 computer.
1. Perfrom a clean boot
If you have experienced the issue for the first time, try restarting your PC. If the problem persists after restarting the system, perform a clean boot to see if the error is occurring due to a third-party software installed on your system.
1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run Dialogue box.
2. Type msconfig.msc and click OK to open System Configuration window.
3. Open the Services tab in the System Configuration window.
4. On the lower left side of the window, check the “Hide All Microsoft Services” box. After checking the box, all the essential Microsoft services will be hidden.
5. Next, click the Disable All button. This will disable all third-party services.
6. Click Apply and then OK to save the changes.
7. Right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager.
8. In the Task Manager window, open the Startup tab.
9. Select all the services one by one and click on the Disable button.
Close the Task Manager and System Configuration window and restart your system. After the restart, try opening Microsoft Edge and check if the error is fixed. If the error is resolved, it means a third-party software installed on your system is creating conflict.
Go though your installed programs and uninstall any recently installed program that may be causing the error.
2. Rename MSedge.exe
1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the following location:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application
2. Right-click on msedge.exe and select Rename.
3. Rename the file as new_msedge.exe and click away to save the name. Click Yes to confirm the action.
4. Next, double-click on new-msedge.exe and check if the browser opens.
If it works, right-click on new_msedge.exe and select Create a shortcut. You can use the newly created shortcut to launch the browser without any issues.
3. Reinstall Microsoft Edge offlline installer
If the issue persists, try reinstalling Microsoft Edge to fix the error. However, users have reported similar issues during installation. To fix the problem, you need to rename the edge installer and then proceed with installation.
Uninstall Microsoft Edge
1. Press Windows Key + I.
2. Select Apps from the Settings window.
3. Search for Microsoft Edge in the search bar and click on Microsoft Edge.
4. Click on Uninstall. Confirm the action by clicking Yes. Once the browser is uninstalled, resart the computer.
Reinstall Microsoft Edge
1. Open any other browser on your Windows 10 computer and download Microsoft Edge installer from the official website. Make sure to select the most recent build, channel, and platform and then click on the Download button.
2. Open the Microsoft Edge installer download folder.
3. Double-click on MicrosoftEdgeNew.msi to run the installer.
4. Click Yes when prompted by UAC. Follow on-screen instructions to install the browser. Once installed, launch the browser to see if it is working.
3. Run Microsoft program troubleshooter
Microsoft offers a program troubleshooter that scans your system for problem that is blocking programs from being installed or uninstalled. Here’s how to use it.
1. Go to Microsoft support center and click the Download Troubleshooter button.
2. Once downloaded, double-click on the MicrosoftProgram_Install_and_Uninstall.meta.diagcab to run the troubleshooter.
3. Follow on-screen instructions and apply any fixes recommended by the troubleshooter.
Once the process is complete, run the Microsoft Edge Chromium installer again and check for any improvements.
4. Create a new user account
1. Press the Windows Key + I to open Settings.
2. Select Accounts.
3. Open the Family & Other People section.
4. Scroll down and click on Add someone else to this PC option.
5. Click I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
6. Select Add a user without a Microsoft account.
7. Enter a name, and password for the account.
8. Click Next to create a new user account.
Once the account is created, Press Windows key + L and sign in to your new user account. Launch Edge to see if the issue is resolved.