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Slow Microsoft Edge? Here’s How To Fix It

Microsoft Edge is a pretty decent, stable browser but it can be slow at times. There’s a potential fix for its lagginess: try turning off Adobe Flash!

I’ve heard great things about Microsoft Edge. It is blazing fast, and simple – which covers the basics you would want in a browser – and comes with nifty features like web notes for annotating web pages, Cortana integration, and Bing Instant Answers. The only regular sore-point for a major chunk of netizens is the lack of extensions support, but that too will be solved soon.

However, I still stick to Chrome for all my browsing purposes. One major reason – besides extensions support and syncing data with my iPhone – is how Edge can freeze and be generally slow at times. I researched on how to solve this annoying bug, and seem to have found a solution that I’ve confirmed works for a lot of people.

It’s simple: turn off Flash.

Flash dominated most of the 2000s as the web’s platform of choice for delivering multimedia – games, videos, fancy websites and animations. Since the rise of the iPhone, however, it has slowly been replaced by HTML5. Good riddance, I say!

Today, it is actually quite easy to enjoy the web without Flash. All your favorite video websites like YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo etc. now come with HTML5 players by default. Flash is required very little these days, so it is recommended you uninstall it anyway.

Adobe Flash appears to be the cause of much of Microsoft Edge’s poor performance. You can uninstall Flash from Edge by following these steps.

Steps to uninstall Flash from Edge

Step 1: Launch Edge.

Step 2: Click on the More icon that looks like three dots.

Step 3: Click on Settings.

Edge settings

Step 4: Scroll down to click on view advanced settings.

Advanced settings in Edge


Step 5: Disable ‘Use Adobe Flash Player’.

turn off Flash player in Edge in advanced settings


Step 6: Enjoy a faster, more performant Edge browser with any slowdowns!

That’s it. I hope this works for you just as it worked for me, and the people who successfully applied this fix. Do let us know if you know of any other fixes for Edge’s occasional slow performance.

  • xtremeleafan

    Thank you very much for this. Now I can also say “Microsoft Edge” is blazing fast.

  • pdullea

    No change. Horribly slow and or blank pages. Worse yet with win10 version 1703 build 15063.0. Unfortunately win10 version 1703 has caused problems in Firefox (black pages).

  • PC Bob

    OK, I did that and yes, it did help. Some! It’s still rather slow and sometimes hangs for no apparent reason! I have re3set my modem and router repeatedly, thinking THAT was the problem. For some crazy reason, Oracle browser stopped working and would NOT let me reinstall it! THAT one works, . but now what?