Microsoft recently started issuing the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser to Windows 10 via Windows Update.
The new Microsoft Edge delivers speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features.
Since the new browser is being delivered to Windows 10 users via Windows Update, many of you maybe still wondering how to actually prevent an automatic update and keep using the legacy version of Microsoft Edge (EdgeHTML).
You have to act fast!
If you are an IT admin, follow the steps below in order to block the new Microsoft Edge update on a PC running Windows 10.
Time needed: 5 minutes
How to block the new Microsoft Edge Update on Windows 10:
- Go to Registry and navigate to the related Key
On your PC, open Registry Editor. (Type regedit in Run window and hit Enter Key). Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft. Look for the key EdgeUpdate.
- Now edit the registry key
Right-click on EdgeUpdate and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value. Type DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium as the name. Double-click on the newly generated Dword and set its data value to 1. Restart your PC for changes to take effect.
Note: You cannot see the EdgeUpdate key (in step 3 above), if you already have the new Microsoft Edge installed on your PC.
To allow the update at a later point in the future, you can simply navigate to the same location as in Step 2 above and delete the DWORD.