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How to Fix: Microsoft Edge STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error

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Microsoft Edge, built on the Chromium project, carries forward the chromium bugs and issues. Just like the Microsoft Edge STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error message we often encounter while loading a webpage. We can disable the code integrity check, rename the msedge.exe executable file and try the beta version to fix the access violation error.

The number of browsers with the underlying Chromium Source code is constantly rising. And there are no complaints from the user either, as they are getting all the Chrome goodies without limiting themselves to the resource-hungry Chrome browser.

However, there was always a concern- if a significant issue gets into this source code, all the browsers might get bugged simultaneously. And this is what seems to have been going on for a few months.

The complaints started pouring in from Chrome users regarding the STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error.


Then it was only a matter of time before other Chromium browsers joined this list of affected browsers. Unfortunately, Microsoft Edge soon became a part of this issue as well. Many users voiced their concerns to the Microsoft Tech Community forum regarding this issue without much success.

However, a few workarounds have been known to fix this Microsoft’s Edge STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error. And this guide shall make you aware of just that. So without further ado, let’s get started.

Disable Renderer Code Integrity

Google recently enabled the Renderer Code Integrity, which was quickly adopted by other Chromium browsers as well. This integrity is responsible for verifying all the codes that the webpage loads and allowing only the signed ones to go ahead.

However, in some instances, it could raise a false positive and block the rendering of codes from a trustworthy site. So if you think that same is the case, consider disabling Renderer Code Integrity.

Here are the steps to disable the renderer code integrity in the Edge browser:

  1. Select Microsoft Edge’s desktop shortcut link.
  2. Right-click for the context menu and select Properties.
  3. Switch to the Shortcut tab, and add the below string at the end of the existing Target field:

    Disable Renderer Code Integrity in Microsoft Edge

  4. Your target field should now look something along the lines of:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" --disable-features=RendererCodeIntegrity
  5. Click on Apply and then OK.
  6. Launch the browser using this shortcut.

Now try loading the page. You have an access violation issue. Disabling code integrity might have fixed the problem.

Alternatively, if you wish to carry out this task manually using Registry Editor, you can follow these steps:

  1. Launch Registry Editor in Windows OS,
  2. Navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge location.
  3. Create a new DWORD (32-Bit) Value.
  4. Name the file RendererCodeIntegrityEnabled and assign it a 0 Value data.
    Disable Renderer Code Integrity in Microsoft Edge Manually in Registry Editor
  5. Hit the OK command button to save.

Disabling Renderer Code Integrity could be a little risky because you are turning off an important security feature. So while this feature is disabled, make sure you don’t visit non-secure sites, such as those still following HTTP or the ones that don’t have a valid SSL Certificate.

Rename’s Edge Executable File

Some users could spell success by assigning a random name to the Edge’s EXE file.

Here are the steps to locate and rename the MS Edge executable file:

  1. Launch File Explorer on your Windows PC and go to the below location:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application
  2. Select the msedge.exe file.
  3. Right-click on the file and select Rename from the context menu.
    Microsoft Edge application in Windows
  4. Rename something else, such as edge.exe, and save the changes.
    Rename Microsoft Edge Executable file in Windows OS

Now launch Microsoft Edge using this EXE file and check if it fixes the STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error

Switch to Edge Beta

Besides the stable version you might be currently using, Microsoft also runs a Beta build. BETA is mainly used for testing experimental features, but at the same time, it might not get bugged with issues that the stable build seems to go through.

Microsoft Edge Download for All Devices

In this regard, some users rectified the STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error after switching to Microsoft Edge’s Beta build. To try it out, download and install the Edge’s Beta Channel onto your Windows PC.

Launch Edge browser, sign in to your account (optional), and try accessing the page. See if it can fix the underlying issue.

Disable Javascript Extensions

If you use a third-party extension that deals with scripts, you recommend disabling them immediately.

While the extensions part of this domain allows you to add and modify web pages, they seem to be the root cause of this issue. So it would be best if you considered disabling them as of now.

Here are the steps to disable JavaScript extensions in Microsoft Edge:

  1. Launch the Microsoft Edge computer browser.
  2. Click on More horizontal 3dots icon for menu options.
  3. Select the Extensions menu from the list.
    Microsoft Edge Extensions menu
  4. Disable the toggle next to the extension that deals with scripts.
    Enable JavaScript Manager Extension in Microsoft Edge
  5. Restart the Edge browser and see if this tweak worked out for you.

If disabling the extension rectifies the issue, you shouldn’t consider trying out its alternatives. Because the problem isn’t with a particular extension but instead seems to stem from an add-on that deals with JavaScript.

So it’s better to stay away from these extensions for quite some time until the patch is deployed in the Edge chromium update.

Bottom Line: Edge Status Acess Violation

With that, we conclude the guide on how you could fix Microsoft Edge’s STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error. We have shared four different methods, each of which should work out in your favor.

For me, disabling the Renderer Code Integrity was the savior. However, since keeping it disabled could prove to be a risky bet, make sure to turn it back on as soon as you are done working with the concerned site.

On that note, we round off this tutorial. Do let us know in the comments section which method managed to fix the issue with Microsoft Edge. Also, please share anything else you’ve tried and worked on improving the STATUS ACCESS VIOLATION issue.

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