Microsoft Edge 105 Freezes on Windows: How to Fix It

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After the release of Microsoft Edge 105, users are seeing Windows 11 default browser crashing repeatedly when they launch it. Since Microsoft Edge is also responsible for the operating system’s web features, Windows 11 web apps experience similar crashes when they “keep closing”.

Microsoft Edge 105.0.1343.25 rolled out to the Stable Channel earlier this week after being beta tested for weeks. That said, early adopters did not encounter these issues earlier in the beta or Dev Channel and are not affected today.

From the reports we have seen, only some users are seeing Microsoft Edge 105 crashing on their machines. It seems that the bug was noticed by users in the last 24 hours when Microsoft started rolling out Edge 105 widely to users around the world. When Edge 105 crashes, the entire browser closes, but you can still restore open tabs.

In the worst case, the browser doesn’t even launch when you double-tap its shortcut. It looks like the Edge browser is crashing due to a conflict between new and outdated policies.

As per the release notes, Microsoft has deprecated the old Group Policy called “ExemptDomainFileTypePairsFromFileTypeDownloadWarnings” and replaced it with “ExemptFileTypeDownloadWarnings”.

This seems to crash the browser as the old entries are still present in the system.

How To Fix Microsoft Edge 105 Crash Bug

  • Open Windows Registry Editor.
  • Go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftEdge” or “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftEdge”
  • Search for “MetricsReportingEnabled” and remove the associated entries.
  • Close Registry Editor.
  • Restart Windows.

If you followed the steps correctly, Microsoft Edge will restart.

It is important to understand that the “MetricsReportingEnabled” entry was created by old browser policies and is no longer needed. The browser only crashes when the entry is present in the system, so we recommend removing it.

Another easy solution, although it won’t work on all systems, is to download Edge Installer and repair the existing installation.

What’s new in Microsoft Edge 105

Microsoft Edge 105 comes with a few new additions. According to the changelog, Edge 105 promises an enhanced security mode with support for WebAssembly. This ensures better security and Microsoft claims to be working on cross-platform security support.

For enterprise customers, improvements have been made to the Cloud Site List Management experience. A new feature allows you to configure session cookie sharing between Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer for IE mode.

Microsoft Edge has also received Windows 11’s Mica and other design improvements as the company continues to beg for WinUI and better design consistency. Edge’s latest big update added a new disk caching feature, made sidebar improvements, and more.

On the bright side, it looks like Microsoft has seen the reports and is aware of the issue, and some fixes are available in a new patch released earlier today. After installing the patch (105.0.1343.27), the browser no longer crashes for some people, while others continue to have issues.

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