I’ve been using Microsoft Edge for more than half a year as my main browser and sometimes there are some problems that arise, one of which is when Microsoft Edge can’t download files — whether it’s because it’s blocked, no permissions, a virus is detected or because of a network problem error while download files from the internet. Well, the tips from WinPoin this time are expected to be helpful and useful for you to overcome these problems:
1. Check internet connection
This is the first thing you need to check to fix the above-mentioned issues. Because errors can occur for various reasons, it never hurts for you to start checking the internet connection you are using. It is possible that a problem has arisen with the Wi-Fi or Ethernet or mobile hotspot you are using, which will result in you not being able to download any files from the internet.
*If the server of the destination website is down for any reason, you will not be able to download files from that website. In this case, you need to wait a while for the problem to be resolved.
2. Disable firewall and antivirus
If you just installed software firewall from a third party to manage incoming and outgoing traffic, then it is possible that this can cause the problem that WinPoin mentioned above. If software it blocks Microsoft Edge from downloading files from the internet, so you can find the message can’t download — blocked on the download page.
On the other hand, if a website is experiencing security issues, your antivirus or anti-malware program can also block Microsoft Edge from downloading from that website. In that case, you should believe software However, if the website you are visiting is a trusted website, then you can temporarily disable the firewall and antivirus programs on your computer to get past this error.
3. Try downloading in incognito mode
Let’s assume that you have changed a lot of settings and installed a lot of add-ons in the Microsoft Edge browser. Sometimes, wrong settings as well as add-ons can cause various problems to appear. If the problem you are experiencing is caused by this, WinPoin recommends you to download the same file from the same website but in incognito mode.
If you can download in that mode then it is true that there is a problem in settings and also add-ons, then you can restore Microsoft Edge to initial settings or return to factory settings.
4. Check the Group Policy settings
If any of the above is not the cause then there is a Group Policy setting that might be causing this issue. These special settings can allow or block Microsoft Edge from downloading files from the internet. If you set it wrong, then you will not be able to download the file.
Therefore, please follow these steps to disable this Group Policy setting:
- Press Win+R > type gpedit.msc > Enter.
- Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge.
- Double-click on the Allow download restrictions.
- Select option Not Configured.
- Click OK.
- Restart your computer.
5. Verify Registry Value
The same Group policy settings can be set with the help of the Registry Editor. Therefore, follow these steps to disable download restrictions using the Registry:
- Press Win+R > type regedit > Enter
- Click Yes.
- Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftEdge
- Double-click on DownloadRestrictions REG_DWORD.
- Set the value to 0.
- Click OK and restart your PC.
Well, those are some tips from WinPoin to overcome Microsoft Edge not wanting to download files from the internet. Hopefully useful and can overcome the problems you face. ️