Change Microsoft Edge Favorites Storage Location (Disable / Enable ESE Database)

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Beginning from Windows 10 Build 10565 (somewhere between Windows 10 RTM and Windows 10 November 1511 Update, which means if you upgraded to Build 10586, you’re affected), the Favorites in Microsoft Edge storage location are now in an ESE database file instead of the a Favorites folder.

The ESE database file is located at the following folder:

%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\MicrosoftEdge\User\Default\DataStore

While the legacy Favorites location which saves favorites as .lnk files is located at the following folder:

%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\MicrosoftEdge\User\Default\Favorites

The changes make it impossible to manage, change, add, delete, import, export, backup, restore, save or delete favorites by using just Windows Explorer or File Explorer, as now all favorites are stored in encrypted database, instead of individual .lnk link.

Microsoft provides an option to change the storage location of Microsoft Edge favorites in the new ESE database file or old legacy Favorites folder location for your account, through registry key. This tutorial guides you on how to perform the change to where to store the Favorites of Edge browser.

  1. Quit all Edge browser window.
  2. Run Registry Editor (regedit).
  3. Navigate to the following registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\Main

  4. Locate the following DWORD registry value in the right pane:

    FavoritesESEEnabled

  5. The possible values for FavoritesESEEnabled is as follow:

    0 = Favorites folder
    1 = ESE database file (default)

    Change the value data for FavoritesESEEnabled to either 0 or 1 according to your preference.

    Change Edge Favorites Storage Location

  6. Done. You can now exit from Registry Editor and start Edge.
    Optional
    If you’re switching to save Edge Favorites in ESE database, the legacy bookmark folders to save Edge Favorites à la IE is no longer in use, and can be safely removed and deleted (just make sure you have all favorites and bookmarks appear in the Edge browser. It’s also true vice versa.
Alternative
Download the registry registration entries file (extract from ZIP) below to change the setting for storage location of Favorites in Edge web browser directly.

Enable ESE Database: Enable-Favorites-ESE.zip
Disable ESE Database (Use Legacy Favorites Storage Folder): Disable-Favorites-ESE.zip

If you change to use legacy Favorites folder storage location, the bookmark synchronization feature of Edge will not be working.

By | 2016-12-09T08:38:31+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: Web Browsers|Tags: , , |7 Comments

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  • Efdee

    I had changed the registry according above description. As a result the Favorites “ADD” button had been greyed out so I could not store the selected webpage as a favorite. I had to switch back to storage in the ESE database.

    • This’s a pain in the ass anyway, Punkksss

    • Chuck

      Same here … have to keep looking.

  • colorbar

    This does not work. I changed the registry key as indicated above, nut nothing is showing up in the “favorites” folder, not even for new URL favorites that I add. I was going to switch to Edge because Chrome is getting more and more buggy with crashes lately, and I do not like the way Chrome handles the favorites, that was much better in the old Internet Explorer. I believed Edge was like Explorer in that respect, but it is more like Chrome it turns out with this ESE database crap. So I won’t be switching to Edge anytime soon.

  • CodeKiller

    I don’t even have this key in latest Windows 10 version…

  • As if I needed another reason not to use this browser… -_-

  • Charles Mangum

    What idiot thought of this?

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