Skip to main content

How to prevent new Microsoft Edge from installing automatically on Windows 10

Block Microsoft Edge Chromium automatic installation on Windows 10
Block Microsoft Edge Chromium automatic installation on Windows 10 (Image credit: Windows Central)

Microsoft has started the gradual rollout of the new version of Microsoft Edge based on the Chromium engine through Windows Update on devices running the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) and newer releases to replace the legacy version.

Although it's recommended to switch to the new version of the browser, there might be a lot of reasons to skip it. For example, you work in an organization, and you need to comply with your network environment policies. You use another web browser, and you're not interested in the new version of Edge. Or you're comfortable using the legacy version, and you want to wait a little longer to update.

Whatever the reason it may be, you can use the Microsoft Blocker Toolkit or the Registry to prevent Windows 10 from installing the new version of Microsoft Edge through Windows Update automatically.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to block the automatic delivery of the new version of Microsoft Edge-based of on the Chromium engine on your device until you're ready.

How to block Windows Update from installing Edge Chromium using Blocker Toolkit

The easiest method to prevent the new Microsoft Edge browser from installing through Windows Update is to use the Microsoft Blocker Toolkit.

Getting Blocker Toolkit

To download the Microsoft Edge Chromium blocker script, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft support website (opens in new tab).
  2. Click the Blocker Toolkit download link.
  3. Double-click the MicrosoftEdgeChromiumBlockerToolkit.exe file that you downloaded.
  4. Click the Yes button.
  5. Click the Browse button.

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)
  1. Select a folder to extract the files.

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)
  1. Click the OK button.
  2. Click the OK button again.

Applying Microsoft Edge block

To run the Blocker Toolkit to prevent the automatic delivery of Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to navigate to the extracted folder and press Enter:cd c:\PATH\TO\EXTRACTED\FILEThis example moves to the "edge" folder inside the "Downloads" folder:cd C:\Users\m_la\Downloads\edge
  4. Type the following command to stop Windows Update from installing Microsoft Edge and press Enter:EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd /b

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

Once you complete the steps, Windows Update won't download and install the new version of Microsoft Edge based on the Chromium engine automatically on Windows 10.

If you change your mind, you can revert the changes using the same instructions, but on step No. 4, make sure to run this command

EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd /u

.

How to block Windows Update from installing Edge Chromium using Registry

Alternatively, if you don't want to use the script, you can edit the Registry to prevent Windows 10 from downloading and installing the new version of Microsoft Edge on your computer.

Warning: This is a friendly reminder that editing the Registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don't do it correctly. It's recommended to make a full backup of your PC before proceeding.

To prevent getting the new Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for regedit and click the top result to open the Registry.
  3. Browse the following path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MicrosoftQuick tip: On Windows 10, you can now copy and paste the path in the Registry's address bar to quickly jump to the key destination.
  4. Right-click the Microsoft (folder) key, select New, and click on Key.

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)
  1. Name the key EdgeUpdate and press Enter.
  2. Right-click the newly created key, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)
  1. Name the key DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium and press Enter.
  2. Double-click the newly created DWORD and set the value from 0 to 1.

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)
  1. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, the Microsoft Edge based on Chromium won't download and install automatically on your computer.

Of course, you can always revert the changes using the same instructions, but on step No. 8, make sure to change the value from 1 to 0.

We're focusing this guide on blocking Windows Update from adding the new version of Microsoft Edge automatically, but you can always download and install the browser manually (opens in new tab).

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

45 Comments
  • Another great article from the Anti-Windows Central division of Windows Central.
  • Hahaha funny, but it's nice to know something like that.
  • So you have a problem with people having options and being in control of their own PCs?
  • Why in the hell would anyone not like the new Edge? I mean the heck...
  • Because tastes differ and what you may like others may not. Myself i use cent browser and I have no reason to change to Edge.
  • Then this wouldn't apply to you. All this is talking about is Old to New Edge.
  • Why would the post not apply to me, since the poster said "Why in the hell would anyone not like the new Edge? I mean the heck..." they said nothing about the old Edge.
  • the only thing I dislike about it is that PDF support isn't as good as old edge. somehow chromium doesn't have a table of contents for PDFs, and the inking support is just a little bleh compared to old edge. since school's out and my surface digitizer is broken, it's not enough to make me stop an upgrade, but still something that feels overlooked.
  • Hopefully MS will add to the source code or it gets added by someone else. Here's hoping that at some point Edge will become more feature heavy as it matures.
  • I've been using the new Edge in beta for several months now. I love it and uninstalled Chrome from all my computers.
  • I've never installed chrome, ever. When I use a public or communal computer (university studios), the first thing I do is uninstall chrome.
  • What about the people that like using Chrome on the computers you've uninstalled it from? Seems like you're fighting a losing battle there. Why not just leave it alone and click on a different browser that you like to use?
  • Would be insightful to see how many people actually do this.
  • A lot of Android mercenaries.
  • But they could just install Chrome and not use this, without a need of maiming their system.
  • How about an s article on how to inform people that there are more browsers other than Google Chrome and how to unistalled it!
  • and yet the new Edge is based on the same browser as chrome, so much for Anti google people saying they will never use Chrome. No I do not use Chrome, but I do use a browser based on chromium, which is why i have no need to use Edge
  • "Chromium" is not "Chrome". The new Edge is not "Chrome". It is Chromium based like heaps of other browsers and has NOTHING to do with Google...just like heaps of other Chromium based browsers have nothing to do with Google. Do some research!!
  • It has a lot to do with Google. Chromium is open source, but it's theirs.
  • It's open source developed by Google and contributed to by MS, Samsung and a HEAP of others. Regardless, Edge chromium has nothing to do with Google or their services. People need to educate themselves before carrying on about how the new Edge browser is Google Chrome...
  • It literally is Google Chrome with a skin and some mods. No getting around that.
  • But you hate Windows and MS so much that you won't be using it anyway so why do you care?
  • To be fair, it also drops a bunch of places in the Chromium source code which would normally ping Google, and replaces it with equivalent code which contacts Microsoft instead.
  • Also, a big thing, which is the fact that being Microsoft who is working in the Chromium consortium, they are the ones introducing new features and better support for Non-google technology. I think this is really positive. Frankly, I trust Microsoft with their choice of technology and their view.
  • But you're right, there are basically only three web browsers in the world right now: Safari, Chromium, and Firefox. Virtually everything else is a derivative of one of those three.
  • "No I do not use Chrome, but I do use a browser based on chromium, which is why i have no need to use Edge" So, why did you not use Chrome browser? (I am not suggesting because you have anti Google sentiment), Is it because your browser of choice have some differentiation(s) that appeals to you better in spite of having the same core / rendering engine as Chrome browser?
    If that is true, why do you think folks that uses Chromium based Edge browser chose it? or you are assuming they are not informed enough to know that it uses Chromium rendering engine which by the way is open sourced.
  • I used to use Chrome and not using Chrome has nothing to do with it being produced by Google, I been through a fair few different browsers over the years and I found Cent and just liked it, I am not sure why, just something about the way it lists bookmarks and a couple of other things i like. The main problem with Cent is that it is not updated as often as others, or maybe that is a good thing Some people may not realise that Chedge is the same engine as chrome, some may think they get away from Google and yet by all accounts Chedge is more invasive than Chrome. As we found out years ago, some people just use what is there, IE was not a great browser by any means, the only reason a lot of people used it was because it was already in windows, then some how these people started to use Chrome, i presume because it was included with so many things. I know Chromium is open source, it is just the stuff that is added that is not.
    I have never said the new Edge is bad, it maybe a very good browser,, I tried it a while ago, but it did nothing for me. i will stick with Cent, it works for me.
  • No, we know it's the same engine as Chrome, that's the whole point. And if it's "invasive" (weird term to use in technology if you're not wearing a tinfoil hat and aire-gapped), at least it's Microsoft who's getting your data to use it on your MS services.
  • Type "Web browsers" (or some form of that) in any search engine would do the trick. Heck doing that specific search on google displays a list of them at the top. There is already enough redundant information on WC.
  • Been using the new Edge as my daily driver and I gotta say it's really nice.
  • Me too. I see no reason to not update. It's fast and the extra privacy is a PLUS.
  • Replaced chrome across the board for me,works very well.
  • Will passwords and login information, as well as plug-ins transfer over when this rolls out?
  • It should, as I manually upgraded from Old Edge to New Edge awhile ago and it did import everything I had from the old one. So I would assume that this route would do the same.
  • I still use Firefox and don't care, but thanks for the article.
  • Cheers for that, I thought the blocker was only for enterprise, done and dusted,
  • I do think that is a very painful process and potentially a dangerous one to not let the new edge auto install, considering if you don't use the original edge which was also installed, it did not bother you, why go through this pain this time around, you have to hate the browser to do that.
  • sometimes, installing a couple of chromium based based browsers on the same machine muck things up, It happened to me a few months back while trying another Chromium based browser, stuff would try and open in the non-default browser. Still get that problem with old software trying to use IE.
  • 99% of the people not wanting the old Edge and preferring Chrome, MS make an effort to create a Chromium browser to please them. Then someone is going to take their time to AVOID getting the new browser? I know there might be some obscure company who needs to do it, or someone for personal preference. But it's pretty crazy to read about this. If you're not "interested" in the latest browser from Microsoft, I say just uninstall Windows 10. There's probably a guide around here detailing how to go back to Windows 7, or XP.
  • UI is too similar to Chrome. I don't like that, hence I won't upgrade Edge yet. Plus, edge works good.
  • Original Edge works well, yeah. I feel this one works really well too. But having a different UI is reason enough for having to hack it out the system altogether? It's a great browser and it's where all the new technology MS implements is going to be. Maiming your system against that doesn't seem like a great move.
  • Amazing to see company fanboys support MS's anti-consumer way of forcing something on to consumers who clearly don't want that thing. Forcing it onto users is not how you'll gain consumer trust and this might push people away from windows altogether...
  • I used the registry since I find the process easier. I'm already running the Edge beta alongside Chrome and Firefox, and I wouldn't mind keeping legacy Edge around for the smoother scrolling, PDF support, and battery life.
  • My update to 2004 from 1909 did not install the new Chromium Edge...! I have a local account and I used Update Assistant...
  • I would have thought people would mostly be against this "force installing of Edge" on every Windows users but no. It looks like MS fanboys are different. They are here to promote the browser that is forced on users and to damage control MS in general.
    Oh well, fanboys will be fanboys... MS over fellow-consumers... smh...