Fix: Microsoft Edge Startup Boost Is Greyed Out or Turned Off

Microsoft Edge features a Startup Boost option that reduces load times. Even though the feature is enabled by default, it is possible that the StartUp Boost is disabled or grayed out when you first run Microsoft Edge. Users will not be aware that Boost is grayed off until they go and check Microsoft Edge Settings > System & performance to check the startup boost. This article will explain how to fix when Microsoft Edge startup boost is greyed out or turned off.

Microsoft Edge Startup Boost Is Greyed Out or Turned Off

Fix: Microsoft Edge Startup Boost Is Greyed Out or Turned Off

Below are the solutions to fix the grayed Microsoft Edge Startup Boost.:

  1. How to Enable or Disable Edge Startup Boost Using Registry
  2. Change Group Policy to Enable or Disable Edge Startup Boost
  3. Disable Edge Extensions
  4. Create New Profile in Microsoft Edge

One of these suggestions will ensure you get access to Edge Startup Boost, which was earlier greyed out.

Note: After you try one of these methods, go back to Microsoft Edge, and check if you can enable the Startup Boost.

1] How to Enable or Disable Using Registry

You can change registry entries to enable the Startup Boost, but before you go ahead, create a System Restore point or take a backup of the Registry. It comes in handy when you run into a problem when making the changes.

Follow the steps given below to enable or disable startup boost via Registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Edge
  • Right-click on the Edge folder, click New > New DWORD (32-bit) Value and rename it StartupBoostEnabled.Startup Boost Enabled Registry Windows
  • Double-click on StartupBoostEnabled, set its Value data to 1 to enable it or 0 to disable it, and press OK.

Related: Is your Windows Registry Crashing? Here is how to fix it.

2] Change Group Policy to Enable or Disable Edge Startup Boost

Administrators and users can enable or disable startup boost using a group policy. Follow the steps below to enable or disable startup boost via Group Policy. It comes in handy when you want to apply it for more than one computer or across a business environment.

Edge Startup Performance Group Policy

Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Microsoft Edge/Performance
  • Double-click on the Enable startup boost policy and then choose to enable.
  • Once done, click on Apply button and then the Ok button to reflect the changes.
  • Restart the PC once to ensure the changes have been applied.
  • Check if you can change the Startup Boost in Edge.

Note: If you are using the Windows Home version, follow our guide on installing Group Policy Editor.

 3] Disable Edge Extensions

We all use extensions or add-ons in our browsers, and sometimes these extensions can interfere with the Microsoft Edge settings. You can use basic troubleshooting to disable the extension one by one and notice see if disabling anyone enables the Sync toggle.

Disbale Edge Extensions

Click on the three horizontal dots at the top right corner of your Edge browser, and click on Extension > Manage extensions.  Next to each extension, there is a toggle button. Turn it off, and then go back to Edge Startup setting to check if the Syn can be changed. Repeat this process, and check if any of the extension was causing the issue.

4] Create New Profile in Microsoft Edge

The last method you can use if none of the solutions worked out for you is to create a new profile in Microsoft Edge. When you create a new profile, everything starts fresh again.

To create a new profile, click on the Personal icon at the top right corner of your browser and click on Add profile, and a new profile will be added.

Add Profile Microsoft Edge

After creating the new profile, go to Microsoft Edge Settings > System & performance and check whether the Startup boost option is grayed out. If not, you are done!

Conclusion

Enabling the startup boost on the Microsoft Edge browser helps you speed up your browsing experience. So, it is pretty annoying when you find out that the startup boost is grayed out or disabled, making you feel helpless. As mentioned in the article, you can use all these simple or the default method to enable a startup booster and speed up your browsing experience. I hope this article helps!

What is Startup Boost in Microsoft Edge?

The startup boost increases Microsoft Edge’s starting speed. Microsoft Edge will launch fast thanks to startup boost, which keeps the browser’s background tasks minimum. Whether you log in after the device startup or the browser is closed, Microsoft Edge will start fast when launched from the taskbar, desktop, or via hyperlinks in other applications.

When Microsoft Edge is the default web browser, and no extensions are installed, startup boost is available on Windows devices (aside from those running Windows 10 and servers) with more than 4GB of RAM or more than 1GB of RAM if the device has a newer disk.

How to Enable Startup Boost in Edge (Default Method)

You can choose to enable startup boost in the browser settings manually:

  • Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your PC.
  • Click on the three horizontal dots at the top right corner of your browser and click on the Settings option from the context menu.
  • From the Settings menu, click on the System and performance option from the left pane. Next, toggle on the button next to Startup boost to enable it.
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