How To Stop Microsoft Edge From Running In The Background In Windows 11

Microsoft Edge running in the background can impact your PC’s performance. In this section, we’ll show you how to stop Microsoft Edge from running in the background in Windows 11.

To stop Microsoft Edge from running in the background in Windows 11, there are several methods you can try:

  1. Disable the background app refresh feature in Microsoft Edge’s settings menu.
  2. Use the Task Manager to close any background processes related to Microsoft Edge.
  3. Make changes in the Windows Registry Editor to prevent Edge from running in the background.
  4. Check for and install updates to resolve any issues causing Edge to run in the background.
  5. Repair the app through the Settings menu to stop Edge from running in the background.

Overall, these steps should help you prevent Microsoft Edge from running in the background on Windows 11.

Disabling Background App Refresh in Microsoft Edge Settings

One way to stop Microsoft Edge from running in the background is by disabling the background app refresh feature in its settings menu. This feature allows the browser to open and refresh web pages in the background, even when it’s not actively being used. Disabling this feature can help conserve system resources and prevent Edge from consuming unnecessary processing power.

To disable background app refresh in Microsoft Edge, follow these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge and click on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner of the browser window.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select “Settings” to open the settings page.
  3. In the settings menu, navigate to the “System” section.
  4. Scroll down until you find the “Run Microsoft Edge in the background” option.
  5. Toggle the switch to turn off the background app refresh feature.

Once you’ve disabled the background app refresh, Microsoft Edge will no longer run in the background, providing you with a more efficient and focused browsing experience.

Summary

Disabling the background app refresh feature in Microsoft Edge’s settings menu is one effective way to stop the browser from running in the background. By following a few simple steps, you can conserve system resources and ensure that Edge only runs when actively being used. Taking control of background processes can help optimize your Windows 11 experience and improve overall system performance.

Pros Cons
Preserves system resources May require manual updates
Improves overall system performance Background processes won’t be automatically refreshed
Enhances focus during browsing Requires manual toggling of settings

Closing Background Processes with Task Manager

If disabling background app refresh doesn’t work, you can use the Task Manager to close any background processes associated with Microsoft Edge. This will effectively stop Edge from running in the background and help optimize your system’s performance. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Right-click on the taskbar at the bottom of your screen and select Task Manager from the context menu.
  2. In the Task Manager window, click on the Processes tab.
  3. Scroll down the list of processes and locate any instances of Microsoft Edge.
  4. Click on the Microsoft Edge process you want to close, and then click on the “End Task” button at the bottom right corner of the window.
  5. Repeat this step for any other Microsoft Edge processes running in the background.

By following these steps, you can easily close any background processes associated with Microsoft Edge, preventing it from running in the background and freeing up system resources.

Table: Processes Associated with Microsoft Edge

Process Name Description
MicrosoftEdge.exe Main process for Microsoft Edge.
MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe Process responsible for handling Microsoft Edge content and web pages.
MicrosoftEdgeSH.exe Shell process for Microsoft Edge.

“Closing background processes associated with Microsoft Edge can help improve system performance and prevent excessive resource usage.”

Remember, if you want to use Microsoft Edge again, you can simply reopen the browser, and it will start fresh without any background processes running. By taking control of the processes running in the background, you can optimize the performance of your system and have a smoother browsing experience.

Modifying Windows Registry Editor to Prevent Edge Background Processes

For more advanced users, modifying the Windows Registry Editor can help prevent Microsoft Edge from running in the background on Windows 11. By making changes to the Registry Editor, you can disable certain features and settings that allow Edge to run in the background.

Important Note: Modifying the Windows Registry Editor requires caution as making incorrect changes can cause system instability. It’s recommended to create a backup of your registry before proceeding with any modifications.

To begin, press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box. Type regedit and press Enter to launch the Registry Editor.

Navigate to the following path within the Registry Editor:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft

If the Microsoft key does not exist, right-click on the Policies key, select New, and then choose Key. Name the new key Microsoft and press Enter.

Once you’re in the Microsoft key, right-click on an empty space in the right-hand pane and select New, then choose DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value PreventEdgeBackgroundProcesses and press Enter.

Double-click on the PreventEdgeBackgroundProcesses value and set the value data to 1 to disable Microsoft Edge from running in the background. Click OK to save the changes.

After modifying the Registry Editor, you may need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. Once your computer has restarted, Microsoft Edge should no longer run in the background, helping to improve system performance and conserve resources.

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