How to block automatic Edge Chromium installation on Windows 10

How to block automatic Edge Chromium installation on Windows 10

Microsoft has announced a release for a new version of Microsoft Edge, based on the Chromium engine that supports Google Chrome. This new browser will replace the old Microsoft Edge browser based on the EdgeHTML engine and reach users through Windows Update.

If you’re not ready to install this new version of Microsoft Edge, you can use the Edge Blocker Toolkit, which stops downloading the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser on your computer.

Block Microsoft Edge Chromium browser automatic installation

Start by downloading the latest Edge Blocker Toolkit build from Microsoft’s servers.

Run the executable and extract the contents into a directory.

Open Windows Command Prompt as administrator.

Navigate to the folder where you extracted the Blocker Toolkit.

Execute the following commands in turn to block the download of the Chromium Microsoft Edge web browser on the computer:

Block Chromium Microsoft Edge web browser downloads on computers
EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd /B EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd [] /B

The update is now blocked and won’t be downloaded on or after January 15, 2020.

Now, if you decide to try the update and want to download it, you’ll need the Blocker Toolkit again.

Open Windows Command Prompt with Admin rights.

Navigate to the folder where you extracted the Blocker Toolkit.

Execute the following commands in turn to download the Chromium Microsoft Edge web browser on your computer:

EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd /U EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd [] /U

The update is now unblocked and will be downloaded on Windows 10 systems.

Disable automatic distribution using Group Policy Editor

Group Policy settings are created following this path:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Template > Windows Components > Windows Update > Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) Blockers

If your PC has Group Policy, you can use the Group Policy Editor to make the changes.

Prevent Edge installation using Registry Editor

Although Microsoft has released the Edge Blocker Toolkit to block the automatic installation of Microsoft Edge, it is primarily used for businesses. If you, as an individual home user, for some reason want to prevent the new Edge from being pushed into the PC via Windows Update, here’s what you can do.

Please note that incorrectly changing Registry Editor can have serious consequences. The article recommends that you create a system restore point before proceeding.

Press Win + R combined to open the Run dialog box . Type regedit.exe , in the empty field of the box and press Enter key to open Registry Editor.

Navigate to this path

When Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftEdgeUpdate

Here, switch to the right and create a new 32-bit DWORD value. Name it DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium.

Please note that even if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows, you must still generate a 32-bit DWORD value.

Create the value DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium

Now, to configure its value and block Edge distribution through Windows Update, double click on the entry.

In the Edit String box that appears, set the value to 1 to block the distribution of Edge Chromium.

If you want to unblock this feature, just go back and delete the entry or change the value data to 0 .

Once done, close and exit Registry Editor.

The Edge browser will not be distributed or installed via Windows Update on a Windows 10 PC here.

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