EDIT: Turns out there is probably an issue with the page. This exact problem is described here with possible causes: https://threewill.com/working-with-and-around-sharepoint-2013s-minimal-download-strategy/

I believe start.aspx is required for MDS to be able to pick up a diff between two pages, however the clients' browsers are being redirected to the page without it, so they aren't able to see the benefits.

E.g. client hits this page:


After 2 seconds, they're redirected to this page:


Trying to get rid of that redirect so that MDS can do its magic

  • Did you find what was the reason of this issue?
    – Serhiy
    Nov 22, 2016 at 15:06

2 Answers 2


Minimal Download Strategy does not work if you have SharePoint Publishing feature activated. This was the problem in my case.


Looks like the feature has been deactivated. Navigate to Site Settings - > Manage Site Features and activate the feature Minimal download strategy

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    It's activated, turns out there is some failure with MDS. Editing my question
    – Kiran Kota
    Jul 12, 2016 at 17:17

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