Oct 22 2020 02:31 PM - last edited on Mar 19 2021 03:06 PM by MissyQ
Starting with Microsoft Edge Build 88, we are releasing a new feature called startup boost to improve the Microsoft Edge browser startup experience. To learn more about it, read the FAQ below.
Note: We are in the process of releasing this feature, so it may be a little while before you see it in your respective channel and build.
March 19, 2021: Why is startup boost disabled in Settings when it was previously enabled?
Our team is working on fixing a couple of issues where some customers are seeing the browser reopen immediately after exiting and/or a message about reopening tabs when startup boost is enabled. Thank you to our Insiders who helped report these issues! If you would like to use this feature still, you can manually enable startup boost in edge://settings/system. We will update this FAQ when we believe this to be resolved.
1. What is startup boost?
To improve Microsoft Edge startup speed, we have developed a feature called startup boost. Startup boost keeps the browser running in the background with minimal processes, so Microsoft Edge will start more quickly when launched.
2. What benefits do I get from startup boost?
Microsoft Edge will start more quickly when it is launched from the taskbar, desktop, or from hyperlinks embedded in other applications when you log on after device startup or the browser is closed.
3. What is the resource impact of startup boost?
Startup boost keeps the browser running in the background with minimal processes when the browser is closed, which has a limited impact on device resource usage. Startup boost does not add any additional resources when browser windows are already open.
4. How does startup boost work?
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.
5. How do I know if startup boost is running?
You can check if the feature is on in the browser Settings under edge://settings/system.
6. Is startup boost available on all platforms?
Currently, startup boost is only available on devices with most versions of Windows.
7. What are the heuristics for startup boost to be enabled by default?
Startup boost is available on Windows devices (excluding Windows 10X and servers) with more than 4GB of RAM, or more than 1GB of RAM if the device has a modern disk (modern HDD with Trim and SeekPenalty or SSD), when Microsoft Edge is the default web browser. These criteria were informed by experimentation data from the Canary and Dev channels.
If startup boost is not enabled on your device, you can choose to manually enable it in the browser Settings under edge://settings/system.
8. What startup boost group policies will enterprises get?
We have a group policy that allows administrators and users to enable or disable startup boost.
These can be both mandatory or recommended group policies. If it is a recommended group policy, IT admins will have the ability to set the default behavior that their users can change later, if they wish.
9. Why do others see the feature, but I do not?
We are in the process of deploying this feature, so it may be a little while before you see it in your respective channel and build.
10. Can I turn off startup boost?
Yes, startup boost can be toggled on and off by going to edge://settings/system.
11. I can no longer debug in Edge using Visual Studio. How can I fix this?
We are sorry to see you ran into this issue! This is a startup boost bug that our team has resolved but you may not get the update for some time. In the meantime you can either:
12. How do I send feedback?
We are eager to get your feedback on startup boost. If you experience an issue, please let us know through Microsoft Edge by pressing Shift+Alt+I on a Windows device, click on the feedback icon in the upper right corner of the address bar, or going to Settings and more … > Help and feedback > Send feedback.
You can also discuss your experience here on the Microsoft Edge Insider forums and Twitter.
- The Microsoft Edge Product Team
Oct 24 2020 02:05 AM
Oct 24 2020 03:48 PM - edited Oct 24 2020 03:49 PM
This is another brilliant idea,
I have both low and high end systems and can't wait to test this on them and report back findings. (though I hope Edge automatically sends diagnostics)
Oct 26 2020 04:55 AM
Yeah, I've had this for a week or so now, but I've not turned it on.
I use the Sleeping tabs feature and for me I see this as defeating the purpose of Sleeping tabs, which is to save/free up resources. I look at it like one is defeating the other. For me, why would I turn something on that uses and keeps resources and then turn something on that frees resources.
Ok so you want to be able to start your browser faster, but for me I do not see it taking so much time to start edge that it would need this. Edge starts quick enough for me on its own.
Like I said, for me, I see no need for it, but I'm sure lots of others will.
But this is just my 20cents worth.
Oct 26 2020 09:40 AM
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Nov 04 2020 05:21 AM
So just like the other user said and showed with video/gif, I'm also experiencing the white flash.
The Startup boost causes a white flash to appear after launching Edge, for 1 or 2 seconds, before the browser UI is fully loaded.
so even though Edge obviously launches faster, but it doesn't change anything in practice because I still have to wait for the white flash be gone to start using the browser.
p.s when the feedback mini window is open (where I can type in description about my feedback) and start up boost is active, closing and reopening Edge is blazingly fast and without with flash.
so I'm assuming you have to preload some more Edge components for this white flash to be gone.