Setting Up Startup Boost in Edge

Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated September 13, 2021)

Ever since the creation of the Internet, one thing that people have been trying to improve is speed. Developers have been focused on making web experiences faster by adding or tweaking features to affect the speed at which we access material from the web. Many things come into play regarding the speeds you experience online, from connection speeds to how long it takes for a web browser to load or respond. Microsoft believes they have improved some of the time it takes Edge Chromium to simply load, reporting that enabling a simple feature will increase your browser startup time by making it between 29% and 47% faster. If your job or daily life includes web browsing, a 47% increase in load speed can make a significant difference. This speed-enhancing feature in Edge is called Startup Boost. As with most features found within Edge, Startup Boost can be enabled quickly.

When you enable Startup Boost, you are allowing Edge to load core processes in the background when you start your system. While this adds to the startup time for your system, the increase to system startup is nominal at best, to where you shouldn't even notice it.

To enable Startup Boost:

  1. Launch Edge.
  2. Within the Address bar, type edge://settings/system and then press Enter. Edge displays the System section of the Settings page.
  3. Enable the toggle for Startup Boost. (On some computers, it may show as already enabled.)
  4. Quit Edge and then restart your computer.

Once enabled, you should see a reduction in the amount of time it takes for Edge to start the next time you launch the browser.

 This tip (11300) applies to Windows 10.

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