Stop Background Apps from Running When Microsoft Edge Is Closed

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Microsoft Edge happens to be the default browser provided with the Windows 10 package.

Apart from everything Edge brags about, there’s one aspect that doesn’t appeal to everyone: its tendency to spend all the time in the background.

But this is very much the way Windows 10 works, with the ability to let all applications run in the background at all times.

Microsoft explains that this is a deliberate design choice, allowing the application to be updated at any time, which in turn can keep the user informed through timely notifications.

This is really cool, but not for those who don’t use the application. The reason is simply that any unwanted application running in the background consumes memory, slowing down the whole system and making it vulnerable to overheating.

While this shouldn’t be a problem for high-end, new-age PCs with sufficient memory bandwidth, it can be crippling for those using older PCs with limited RAM.

In any case, it doesn’t make much sense to let a program you rarely use consume your RAM and thus neglect other real-world applications that are really important to you.

So if you’re one of those people looking for ways to keep Edge out of the background, you’ve come to the right place. And the solution is as simple as you can imagine.

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Turn off the Edge browser that runs in the background

The Microsoft Edge settings page includes an option that allows you to prevent continuous background execution.

  • First open the Microsoft Edge browser, type “edge://settings/system” in the address bar and press Enter. On the settings page, set the button next to “Resume running applications in the background when Microsoft Edge is closed” to OFF.

That’s all you need to do. From now on, the Edge Browser will no longer run in the background. When you close the browser, it will close completely. Remember that you will not receive any notifications from websites you subscribe to.

Change the registry setting to disable background operation of the Edge Browser.

registry editor - Another installation is in progress in Windows 10
  • Open the registry editor and navigate to…
  • If you cannot find it, create a new key or folder under Microsoft and name it MicrosoftEdge.
  • Create another Main Key under MicrosoftEdge Key. Make sure that the path is exactly the same as below
  • If so, create a new 32-bit DWORD in the main folder with the name AllowPrelaunch.
  • Double-click it to open it and set the value to 0 (zero).
  • Click OK.
  • This prevents Edge from going to the background.


Contrary to what some people think, keeping a browser service active in the background does not mean that the application is collecting data or enabling telemetry services, as such an approach is only necessary for applications that can operate without an active instance of the browser.

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