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How to Stop New Microsoft Edge from Installing Automatically on Windows 10

With the new Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803), Microsoft has started automatically installing the updated version of Microsoft Edge. It is an excellent initiative as you get the new, improved version of Microsoft Edge, which is more compatible with different websites. You don’t even have to go through the struggle of downloading it yourself. The new Microsoft Edge, based on the Chromium engine, replaces the legacy version of Microsoft Edge when it gets installed on your computer.

Though Microsoft Edge is faster and is more secure than its legacy version, several users still don’t want the new Microsoft Edge. Perhaps the users are more comfortable with the legacy version or have their own reasons to reject the latest Microsoft Edge. Whatever the reason is, if you are not satisfied with the new Microsoft Edge, you can remove it from your device. If you are not feeling comfortable with the updated Microsoft Edge browser, then this guide is going to help you. We will take you through the process of removing the updated Microsoft Edge browser from your computer.

How to Stop New Microsoft Edge from Installing Automatically on Windows 10

Remove new Microsoft Edge from automatically installing on your computer:

To remove the new Microsoft Edge from your Windows 10 computer, we will discuss two basic methods.

Method 1: Microsoft Blocker Toolkit

Microsoft has a Blocker Toolkit to stop any application from getting installed on your computer. You can use the Microsoft Edge Chromium Blocker Toolkit to remove the updated Microsoft Edge browser.

  • Go to the Microsoft support website.
  • Here, you can find the Blocker Toolkit download link.
  • Download the exe file.
  • Double-click on the exe file to open it.
  • Then, click, “Yes.”
  • Select the Browse button.
  • You have to choose a folder to extract the exe file.
  • Choose a folder named “Edge.”
  • Click “OK
  • Again press OK when a user prompt asks permission for your action.
  • Press Windows key +R.
  • Type “cmd” and press Enter.
  • When you see the Command Prompt option, right-click on it to choose the Run as administrator option.
  • Now, you have to run the file that you extracted earlier to the Edge folder.
  • Suppose the “edge” folder is inside the “Downloads” folder. You have to type the underlying command in the Command Prompt window.

cd C:\Users\m_la\Downloads\edge

  • Press Enter.
  • Type the following command to stop Windows Update automatically installing the new Microsoft Edge.

EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd /b

  • Press Enter.
  • After the process is complete, Windows Update won’t install Microsoft Edge.
  • In case you change your mind and want to revert the process, instead of the “EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd /b” command line, run the command line given below.

EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd /u

Method 2: Stop auto-installation of Microsoft Edge using Registry

You can also use the registry editor and change the registry, which will stop the auto-installation of Microsoft Edge. But keep in mind to back up your important data and files to an external device because changing registry can be harmful to your computer. If you are still interested in using the registry editor to block the auto-installation of the new Microsoft Edge, use the steps given below.

  • Press Windows key +R.
  • Type “regedit” and press OK.
  • Open the Registry and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft
  • Right-click on the Microsoft key and select “New” to create a new key.
  • You can name the new key EdgeUpdate.
  • Again, right-click on the New key and select “New,” then choose the DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • You have to name this new key “DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium
  • Press Enter.
  • Then, double-click on the newly formed DWORD and change the value from 0 to 1.
  • Press the OK button.
  • Now, Windows Update won’t install the new Microsoft Edge automatically.
  • In case you want to revert the changes, go to the DWORD file again and change the value from 1 to 0.

The new Microsoft Edge is a better browser than its legacy version. But if you are not ready to move to an updated browser, then you can use our guide to block the auto-installation of Microsoft Edge. Then, whenever you are ready, you can manually download the latest version and install it on your Windows 10 computer.

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People have the right to choose their browser. They should also get to select the time when they want to update their Microsoft Edge browser. And you can use this guide to stop Windows Update from automatically installing the updated Microsoft Edge. We hope this guide becomes helpful to you. After reading this article if you have any queries or feedback, please write down the comment in the below comment box.

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