Block automatic installation of Microsoft Edge Chromium browser

Microsoft has announced the release for their newer version of Microsoft Edge. It is based on the Chromium engine that powers Google Chrome. This new version will start rolling out to the general public on January 15, 2020.  This new browser will replace the legacy Microsoft Edge browser based on the EdgeHTML engine using the Windows Update delivery structure

Edge Blocker Toolkit

If you are not ready to install this new version of Microsoft Edge, Microsoft has your back. Microsoft has released Edge Blocker Toolkit which will help you in stopping the download of the Microsoft Edge browser based on Chromium on your computer.

Block automatic installation of Microsoft Edge Chromium browser

In this guide, we will check how to make use of Microsoft’s Blocker Toolkit.

First, start by downloading the latest build of Blocker Toolkit from the servers of Microsoft.

This toolkit contains the following components:

  1. Executable blocker script (.CMD)
  2. Group Policy Administrative Template (.ADMX + .ADML)

Run the executable file and extracts the contents to a folder.

Open the Windows Command Prompt with Admin level rights.

Navigate to the folder where you extracted the Blocker Toolkit.

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

Blocker Toolkit will block automatic delivery of Microsoft Edge (Chromium)

EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd /B
EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd [] /B

The update is now blocked and will not be download on or after January 15, 2020.

Now, if you decide to give the update a try and wish to download it, you need the Blocker Toolkit again.

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Open the Windows Command Prompt with Admin level rights.

Navigate to the folder where you extracted the Blocker Toolkit.

Execute the following commands in the given sequence to allow the download of 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 your Windows 10 system.

The Group Policy setting is created under this path:

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

The corresponding Registry Key is created here:

  • Key – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftEdgeUpdate
  • Key name – DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium

The values are:

  • 0 – Distribution is not blocked
  • 1 – Distribution is blocked.

Hope this tip helps you.

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