Microsoft Edge Comes With ‘Startup Boost’ To Launch Quicker But Will Require Additional Resources During Windows 10 Boot?

Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge web browser could soon have a new feature in the stable version. The experimental ‘Startup Boost’ feature will ensure the new Microsoft Edge browser starts a lot quicker. However, enabling this feature will eat some resources during Windows 10 Boot.

After Sleeping Tabs, Microsoft is now experimenting with the “Startup Boost”. As the name suggests, the primary aim of the feature is to start Edge quickly when users click on its shortcut on desktop or taskbar. The feature is currently available only to a small portion of Microsoft Edge users but could become an optional feature in the future.

Microsoft Experiments With ‘Startup Boost’ For Chromium-Based Edge Web Browser:

With Microsoft Edge now using Chromium, it has become one of the better alternatives to Google Chrome. The new browser has been getting several features and performance improvement tweaks from Microsoft. The latest is called “Startup Boost” that will allow Chromium Edge to launch quickly on Windows 10. Moreover, the feature is not available as an experimental flag that users can enable in the browser to make use of it. Also, it is only available for Edge on Windows and no other operating systems and platforms.

In a support article, Microsoft has shared more details on how the feature works when enabled.

  • A set of Microsoft Edge processes will run in the background when Edge is closed.
  • Edge will be available immediately when you relaunch it next time.
  • resource impact on the device will be less as Edge processes run in the background with low priority.

Microsoft quietly rolled out a setting to enable Startup Boost in Canary. However, the feature lies disabled by default. It is important to note that “Startup Boost” works only when users launch the browser from the taskbar, desktop, and links within other apps, such as the web search pane in Windows Search.

Microsoft Assures Startup Boost Won’t Negatively Impact Startup And Heavily Use Resources During Boot:

When users turn on the feature, the Startup Boost function will automatically launch a set of processes in the background and priority would be set to ‘low’. Microsoft assures the feature is not going to slow down the computer and it has a limited impact on resource usage, thanks to low priority background policy. It is not immediately clear when or if this feature will arrive in Edge stable builds. Microsoft might start embedding the feature in Edge Canary or Dev builds on Windows 10.

Here’s how to enable Startup Boost For Microsoft Edge Web Browser:

  1. Launch Edge browser
  2. Click on Ellipsis icon > Settings > System
  3. Enable “Startup Boost”

Users can turn off Startup Boost anytime by reversing the step you used to turn on the feature

  • Visit Settings > System> turn off “Startup Boost”

Microsoft released a Startup Boost FAQ on its Tech Community website. Only those users who have been selected for the experiment can control the feature from edge://settings/system.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.