How to Enable or Disable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge Chromium

This post will guide you about how to enable or disable startup boost in Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based). Starting with Microsoft Edge Build 88, Microsoft has added a new feature called Startup Boost to improve the Microsoft Edge browser startup speed experience. Startup boost keeps the browser running in the background with minimal processes, so Microsoft Edge will start more quickly when launched from the taskbar, desktop. This feature will help to optimize your browser’s performance.

Startup boost starts core Microsoft Edge processes in the background to keep them ready when the browser is closed, so Microsoft Edge will start more quickly when launched. Startup boost on Windows devices will be available in the Edge 89 release to the Stable channel. Experimentation in the Stable channel, comparing Microsoft Edge with startup boost enabled versus not enabled, shows startup times improve, ranging from 29% to 41% when Startup boost is enabled.

Enable or Disable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge Using Microsoft Edge Settings

  • Open Microsoft Edge, click on the … (3 dots) in the top-right corner of Edge and then click on Settings.
How to Enable or Disable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge Chromium
How to Enable or Disable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge Chromium
  • Navigate to Settings > System.
How to Enable or Disable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge Chromium
How to Enable or Disable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge Chromium
  • Under the System section, toggle the Startup boost switch to turn On or Off.
How to Enable or Disable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge Chromium
How to Enable or Disable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge Chromium
  • Restart your browser to get the startup experience.

Enable or Disable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge Using Registry

Enable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge

You can change the same setting as shown above using the Windows Registry. To add or import a registry value follow these steps:

Important – We recommend you create a backup before editing the registry.

  • Open Notepad, Copy the below registry value
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge]
"StartupBoostEnabled"=dword:00000001

  • In the File menu, select Save As and click Browse to your preferred folder or location. In the File name box provide the appropriate name “FileName.reg” with .reg extension and Save as type “All”. Click Save.
  • The registry file will appear on your saved location. To start the execution, Double click or Right-click and select the Merge option on the saved .reg file content to merge into the local registry.
  • A warning box with the following messages prompted, Click Yes to continue.
  • Once Information in the path of the .reg file has been successfully entered into the registry, the below prompt will appear. Click OK.

Disable Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge

To add or import a registry value follow these steps:

  • Open Notepad, Copy the below registry value
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge]
"StartupBoostEnabled"=dword:00000000

  • In the File menu, select Save As and click Browse to your preferred folder or location. In the File name box provide the appropriate name “FileName.reg” with .reg extension and Save as type “All”. Click Save.
  • The registry file will appear on your saved location. To start the execution, Double click or Right-click and select the Merge option on the saved .reg file content to merge into the local registry.
  • A warning box with the following messages prompted, Click Yes to continue.
  • Once Information in the path of the .reg file has been successfully entered into the registry, the below prompt will appear. Click OK.

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