Windows 10: Microsoft Edge Cache Database - please make it stop!

  1.    30 Jul 2015 #1

    Microsoft Edge Cache Database - please make it stop!

    Just installed Windows 10. Microsoft Edge stinks, so I continue using Chrome, using IE11 for a backup.

    I run CCleaner regularly, usually more than once a day. Disregarding the notion of whether I ought to be running it that often, I write to complain of the message I get (see screen grab attached) that the Microsoft Edge Cache Database must be closed for CCleaner to run.

    Since I'm not even using Edge, I am left to wonder why its cache database is running. I would like to disable the stupid thing, but haven't found a way, as yet. I'm perfectly comfortable making changes in group policy, the registry, etc., as may be necessary to accomplish my goal.

    Your perspectives and observations will be most appreciated.


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       30 Jul 2015 #2

    If you tell it Yes it should clean that cache and unless you use Edge it should not show again. Also on the left just uncheck everything under Edge.

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  3.    30 Jul 2015 #3

    Have you tried clicking the "do not show this message again" link? And unchecking all the Edge checkboxes? If you don't use edge, you don't have to clean it.
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  4.    30 Jul 2015 #4

    Good suggestions, and thank you.

    At first, it appeared that Edge still cached files in the cache database, even when not used. I tried using IE11 (not Edge) and it still appeared that Edge would have cached some files.

    Now, trying your suggestion, I do not see where Edge has cached anything. I'm going to keep watching and try a few more times to see if it pops up again.

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  5.    30 Jul 2015 #5


    So, the two attachments show what happened just now.

    Didn't use, open, or even think of Edge. I did, however, use IE11. Yet, CCleaner (Capture2) says its cache database is up and running and must be closed. So, I let CCleaner close it and ran the cleaner. As you can see in Capture3, there weren't any Edge files cleaned.

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  6.    22 Sep 2015 #6

    My Edge started loading and navigating really slow today. CCleaner says that the Edge cache is a whopping 1.3 Billion bytes and over 6,000 cookies are being stored. Since Edge's brain isn't using common sense, is there a way to reduce the size of Edge Temp Files, like we can do with I.E. and every other browser?
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  7.    22 Sep 2015 #7

    Finally I was able to somehow get CCleaner to clean the Edge cache/cookies. It's now screaming fast again at loading all webpages. But I sure would like to know how to make Edge act more like IE by dumping older cache items as new ones arrive, once the cache size limit is reached. Right now, it just eventually clogs up like a freeway as rush-hour approaches.

    Edit to add: After using CCleaner to clear the Edge cache, I turned off the "Enable Page Prediction" feature of Edge. It seems that this was the culprit behind filling up Edge's cache so quickly. Also, it looks like Page Prediction tries to load all pages that are linked-to on the navigated-to webpage, at the same time Edge is trying to block pop-ups while fully loading this page into the browser.

    IMO, you don't need page prediction-preload turned on in this high-speed connection era. In fact, do you even need to have a persistent/permanent Internet Cache at all, if you have a fast connection?

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