Microsoft releases emergency Internet Explorer security update

Microsoft released an out-of-band emergency security update for Internet Explorer on September 23, 2019 for all supported versions of Windows.

The emergency update is only available on the Microsoft Update Catalog website at the time of writing and not through Windows Update or WSUS.

Some support articles provide little information. The Windows 10 update description simply states “
Updates to improve security when using Internet Explorer” without going into further detail. The page links to the Security Update Guide which, after some digging, leads to the CVE of the vulnerability.

internet explorer security out of band

The support page for the cumulative update for Internet Explorer offers more information and a direct link to the CVE.

It states:

This security update resolves a vulnerability in Internet Explorer. A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that the scripting engine handles objects in memory in Internet Explorer. The vulnerability could corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could run arbitrary code in the context of the current user. The security update addresses the vulnerability by changing how the scripting engine handles objects in memory.

The same information is provided on the CVE page as well. Microsoft notes that an attacker could take control of the attacked system if the attack succeeds which would allow the attacker to install or remove programs, view, change or delete files, or create new user accounts.

The security issue is exploited actively according to Microsoft; an attacker could create a specifically prepared website to exploit the issue in Internet Explorer.

Microsoft published a workaround to protect systems if the released updates cannot be installed at this point. The workaround may reduce functionality “for components or features that rely on jscript.dll”.

The commands need to be run from an elevated command prompt.

Workaround for 32-bit systems:

  • takeown /f %windir%system32jscript.dll
  • cacls %windir%system32jscript.dll /E /P everyone:N

Workaround for 64-bit systems:

  • takeown /f %windir%syswow64jscript.dll
  • cacls %windir%syswow64jscript.dll /E /P everyone:N
  • takeown /f %windir%system32jscript.dll
  • cacls %windir%system32jscript.dll /E /P everyone:N

The workaround can be undone by running the following commands from an elevated command prompt:

Undo 32-bit:

  • cacls %windir%system32jscript.dll /E /R everyone

Undo 64-bit

  • cacls %windir%system32jscript.dll /E /R everyone
  • cacls %windir%syswow64jscript.dll /E /R everyone

List of updates that fix the vulnerability:

What about Windows Updates?

Microsoft has not released the update via Windows Update or WSUS. Susan Bradley notes that the company could release the update on September 24, 2019 via Windows Update and WSUS but that has not been confirmed by Microsoft.

It is a bit puzzling that Microsoft releases an out-of-band security update that addresses an issue that is exploited in the wild but chooses to release it as an update that needs to be downloaded and installed manually only.

Closing Words

Should or should not you install the update right away? It is a security update but it is only available via the Microsoft Update Catalog website at the time of writing.

I still would recommend installing it but you should create a system backup, e.g. using Macrium Reflect or Paragon Backup & Recover Free, before you do so as one never knows these days updates introduce unwanted side effects or issues of their own.

Now You: install or wait, what is your position?

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How to use multiple Microsoft Accounts in the new Microsoft Edge browser

The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser that Microsoft is working on currently supports a number of features that the classic Edge browser does not support.

One of these is the ability to add multiple Microsoft Accounts and non-Microsoft accounts to the browser to switch between them.

Each profile comes with its own set of personal data and saved data, e.g. passwords or browsing data, and if a Microsoft Account is used, may use synchronization to sync the data between devices.

Using multiple profiles in Microsoft Edge

microsoft edge multiple profiles

Microsoft Edge displays a profile icon in the top toolbar; a click on the icon displays information about the current profile. If you did not sign in to a Microsoft Account previously, you will find that a local profile is used.

The core difference between local and Microsoft Accounts in Edge is that the former don’t support syncing while the latter do.

The option to sign in to a Microsoft Account is provided in the popup that opens when you click on the profile icon.

microsoft edge local account

All existing profiles are listed in the popup as well as options to start a guest browsing session, add a new profile, or open the profile settings.

A click on “add profile” displays options to create a new user profile in Microsoft Edge right then and there. You may pick a different profile icon and select a name for the profile. Options to sign-in using a Microsoft Account are not provided in the menu; this needs to be done in the settings or when you switch to the profile.

The best way to manage profiles is to either click on the “manage profile settings” link or load edge://settings/people directly in Microsoft Edge.

All profiles that exist on the local machine are displayed on the page that opens. One is expanded and you get options to edit or remove it, and to sign in to a Microsoft account or sign out.

Options to manage passwords, payment information, addresses, and to import browser data are provided regardless of account type. Sync is only activated for Microsoft Accounts.

Synchronization

syncing options edge

A click on Sync displays the syncing preferences. You may use these to select the types of data that you want to synchronize. Note that syncing means that that data is stored in the cloud.

The following information may be synced using Microsoft Accounts in the new Microsoft Edge:

  • Favorites — The browser bookmarks.
  • Extensions — Browser extensions.
  • History — The browsing history, e.g. visited pages.
  • Settings — The preferences.
  • Open tabs — All open webpages.
  • Addresses, phone numbers, and more — form data.
  • Passwords — Saved passwords for online services.

Using multiple profiles in Edge

The main benefit of running multiple profiles in a browser is that you may use it to separate data. You could create a work and home account and use them accordingly. Doing so would isolate work-related data, e.g. favorites, browsing history, or passwords, when the home account is used and vice versa. Means, among other things, that you won’t get work related suggestions when you type in the address bar.

Local and Microsoft accounts can be mixed. You could use one Microsoft Account and a local account in Edge on a system, and two Microsoft Accounts on another.

Now You: do you use multiple profiles in your browser of choice?

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How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge (Chromium)

It should not come as a surprise that the default search engine of Microsoft Edge — regardless of whether it is the classic version or new Chromium version — is Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

Some people prefer Bing over Google and other search engines and that is perfectly fine; others may prefer to use a different search engine for their searches.

I never found Bing to be very good when it came to non-English queries as it seemed heavily focused on English regions and search results. If you are in the same boat, you may want to change the search engine to use it when you run searches from the address bar.

I suppose it is also possible to visit the search engine manually instead each time and run searches from the search engine’s website, but that is not the most comfortable of options.

Tip: you can download Edge preview builds from Microsoft.

Change search engine in Microsoft Edge Chromium

change search engine microsoft edge chromium

The quickest way to change the search engine in the new Microsoft Edge browser is the following one:

  1. Load edge://settings/search in the browser’s address bar; this should load the search settings.
  2. Click on the menu next to “search engine used in the address bar” to switch the search engine from Bing to another search engine. The new search engine is used from that moment on whenever you run searches.

Edge lists five different search engines there only, and one of the is YouTube. You can switch to Google, DuckDuckGo or Yahoo but that is about it; not the greatest of selections but it may be sufficient if your preferred search engine is on that list.

If it is not, my favorite Startpage is not, you have two options:

Option 1: Visit the search engine and run a search on it

microsoft edge chromium add search engine

  1. Open the Search Engine in Microsoft Edge.
  2. Run a search for TEST or something generic.
  3. Open the Search Engines page in the browser: edge://settings/searchEngines
  4. Select the three dots next to the search engine that you want to make the default in Microsoft Edge and pick “make default” from the menu.

That is all there is to it.

Some search engines may not be added automatically. If that is the case, you may use the second option to add them.

Option 2: Add the search engine manually

add search engine microsoft edge

  1. Select Manage search engines on the same page.
  2. Click on the Add button to add a new search engine to the list. You are asked to fill out the following three fields:
    1. Search Engine — Pick a name to identify the search engine.
    2. Keyword — Optional, may be used to run searches on that search engine if it is not the default.
    3. URL — The search URL that uses the variable %s in place of the query.
  3. Click on Add to add the search engine.

To get the URL, run a search for TEST or another term that is easily identifiable in the URL. Copy the full results URL into the URL field in Microsoft Edge and replace the search term with %s.

On Startpage, you get a search results URL such as https://www.startpage.com/do/search?lui=english&language=english&cat=web&query=TEST&nj=&anticache=502855 when you run such a search. Simply replace TEST with %s and you are done. You may also remove the parameters to streamline the URL so that you may end up with https://www.startpage.com/do/search?query=%s.

Now You: Which is your preferred search engine and why?

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Old Edge or IE may be best option to run Flash content until end of 2020

Adobe Flash will be retired at the end of 2020; Adobe announced that it won’t support Flash after 2020 anymore and major browser makers announced Flash shutdown timelines as well. While that won’t impact Flash content that is available on the Internet, it becomes difficult to run that content especially in 2021 and onward.

Microsoft announced a timeline to end support for Adobe Flash in 2017 at a time when the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge was not a thing. The company published an update last week that includes information about the new Microsoft Edge web browser — still not available as a stable version — and Microsoft’s classic web browsers.

microsoft flash player internet explorer edge

It should not come as a surprise that Microsoft plans to follow Chromium and Google Chrome in regards to the termination of Adobe Flash in the browser. Google set Flash to click-to-play by default in Chrome in 2016 and made the use of Flash increasingly annoying in the Chrome browser since then.

Microsoft planned to disable Adobe Flash by default in Internet Explorer 11 and the classic Microsoft Edge web browser in 2019 and disable Flash completely at the end of 2020. The announcement reveals that the disabling of Flash won’t happen in 2019 after all.

For both the in-market version of Microsoft Edge (built on EdgeHTML) and Internet Explorer 11, the current experience will continue as-is through 2019. Specifically, we no longer intend to update either Microsoft Edge (built on EdgeHTML) or Internet Explorer 11 to disable Flash by default. We still plan to fully remove Flash from these browsers by December 2020, as originally communicated.

Both browsers will keep the current status quo in regards to Flash content which means that they may be the best options when it comes to playing Flash content in browsers until the end of 2020.

Take Google Chrome as an example. Google Chrome displays a “Flash will no longer be supported” message on start if Flash is not disabled. While you can allow Flash content on a page, it is no longer possible to permanently allow Flash content on a page or site.

With Internet Explorer, Flash content plays automatically when you open the page. With Edge, you get click-to-play options to play Flash content on a page.

There is another side to the story: security. Running Flash content automatically when sites are loaded in the browser is not a good idea from a security point of view.

internet explorer flash disallow

You may disallow Flash content on all sites — the default in Internet Explorer — so that the browser prompts you whenever Flash content is loaded. Here is how that is done:

  1. Select Menu > Manage Add-ons.
  2. Make sure Toolbars and Extensions is selected. If you don’t see Shockwave Flash Object listed, change the “show” menu to “all add-ons”.
  3. Right-click on Shockwave Flash Object and select “more information”.
  4. Select the “remove all sites” button to remove the wildcard. You may select “allow on all sites” at any time to restore the default status.

Internet Explorer prompts you when it encounters Flash content when you remove the global wildcard.

Microsoft Edge admins may check the following Group Policy options to manage Flash usage in the web browser.

Closing words

All browsers will support Flash until the end of 2020 and some will even do so beyond the end of the year. If you need to access Flash content on the Web, you need to pick one of these. Flash support won’t be changed in classic Edge and Internet Explorer while it may very well be made less usable in other browsers to further discourage usage.

Now you: do you access Flash content regularly or occasionally?

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How to add an extensions menu to Microsoft Edge (Chromium)

The latest Canary version of the upcoming Microsoft Edge browser that is based on Chromium supports an extensions menu to improve extension manageability; when enabled, it reduces space on the toolbar but still gives users options to display specific extension icons on the toolbar.

Microsoft Edge supports extension installations from the Microsoft Store and from the Chrome Web Store; this is one of the advantages that Edge has over Chrome as Microsoft’s extensions policy does not impose the same limitations as Google’s.

An icon is automatically placed in the Microsoft Edge toolbar when you install an extension. While you can move the extension icon to the Menu instead, you cannot remove it completely. Google Chrome has the same limitation whereas Vivaldi, another Chromium-based browser, does not.

microsoft edge extensions menu

What that means, essentially, is that you end up with extensions icon in one of the two places even if the extension icon does nothing. Google started to work on an Extension icon in Chrome to display all active extensions using a single icon when enabled.

Microsoft added a similar option to the Canary version of the Edge browser.  Edge moves all extension icons underneath the icon by default when the feature is enabled; specific extensions may be pinned so that their icons remain visible on the main toolbar.

The feature is not enabled by default and needs to be enabled by starting Microsoft Edge with a parameter. You need to launch Microsoft Edge with the parameter –enable-features=ExtensionsToolbarMenu.

Here is how you do that on Windows:

  1. Right-click on Microsoft Edge in the Start Menu or taskbar, and select Properties. You may right-click a second time on the taskbar on the Microsoft Edge entry in the menu that opens before you may select Properties.
  2. Switch to the Shortcut tab if it is not active by default.
  3. Append –enable-features=ExtensionsToolbarMenu after the path in the Target field, and make sure there is a space between the end of the path and the parameter. Here is a sample line to get a better idea how it looks like: “C:UsersMartinAppDataLocalMicrosoftEdge SxSApplicationmsedge.exe” –enable-features=ExtensionsToolbarMenu
  4. Select ok to save the selection.
  5. Restart Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge should display the Extensions menu in the toolbar. A click on the icon displays the list of all extensions that are installed and active, and an option to manage extensions.

You may pin extensions to the main Edge toolbar by moving the mouse over the extension in the menu and selecting the pin option that is displayed. A click on menu next to an extension displays the usual extension options and the pin option as well.

Closing Words

The Extensions Toolbar Menu is a pre-release feature. While it is likely that it will find its way into Stable Microsoft Edge eventually, there is also a possibility of it being removed by Microsoft at any point in time.

I like the Menu as it brings order to the toolbar especially if you have installed more than one or two extensions.

Now You: Would you use the Extensions Menu? (via Winaero)

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How to remove the Microsoft Edge Feedback Smiley

Microsoft’s upcoming Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser displays a smiley icon in the browser’s toolbar right now. A click on the icon opens the “send feedback” popup that you may use to provide feedback to Microsoft; the functionality makes sense considering that the browser is still in development and that bugs are to be expected in these pre-release builds.

Microsoft provided builds for Windows 10 first but Edge is now also available for Mac OS X and Windows 7 / Windows 8.1.

There is no option to hide the smiley icon from the Microsoft Edge toolbar, at least none that is attached to the button or Edge itself. Right-clicking on the button does nothing, and since it is not possible to modify icons placed on the toolbar at all in Edge, it is necessary to look elsewhere if you want to hide the icon in Edge.

The recently leaked Stable build of Microsoft Edge hides the icon and it is likely that it remains that way. A guide to remove the icon is still useful considering that Microsoft will continue to use development channels after Edge Stable has been released.

Tip: Microsoft released a preview of Edge policies recently.

Removing Feedback from Microsoft Edge

microsoft edge smiley feedback icon

A value in the Windows Registry determines whether Microsoft Edge displays the feedback icon or not. It is easy enough to modify the value to hide or show the icon. Please note that the change impacts the option to send feedback via the Edge Menu or the keyboard shortcut Alt-Shift-I as well. If you hide the icon, sending feedback is no longer possible using these options.

Here is how that is done:

  1. Open Start, type regedit.exe, and load the Windows Registry Editor from the list of search results.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftEdge
  3. Check if the Dword UserFeedbackAllowed exists under Edge.
    1. if it does, go to 5.
    2. if it does not, right-click on Edge and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value. Name it UserFeedbackAllowed.
  4. Double-click on UserFeedbackAllowed and give it the value 0.

Restart Microsoft Edge if it was open; the Smiley icon should be gone from the toolbar. Just delete the Registry value if you want to restore the functionality.

Now Read: How successful will the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser be?

I have created a Registry file that you can run on your computer to make the change without having to edit the Registry manually. Just download the following file and run Edge Feedback Removed or Edge Feedback Restored to hide or show the icon in the Edge toolbar.

Note that you need to accept the UAC prompt and the warning prompt to make the change in the Registry.

Click on the following link to download an archive with the show and hide Registry scripts to your local system:
edge.remove.smiley.zip

Closing Words

I understand why Microsoft wants user feedback but I’d like to see an option to easily remove the feedback icon from the main toolbar for usability purposes.

Now You: Do you ever send feedback to companies? (via Deskmodder)

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Microsoft introduces Caret Browsing feature in Chromium Edge

Work on the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser continues and Microsoft adds new features to preview versions of the browser on a weekly basis. The latest build introduces Caret Browsing, an accessibility feature, in the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser.

The feature is hidden behind an experimental flag currently and the functionality is only available in the Canary version of Microsoft Edge. It will take some time before it reaches other beta channels of the browser; a stable version of the browser is not yet available.

Caret Browsing enables navigation on the webpage and text selection with the keyboard on webpages in Microsoft Edge when enabled.

Caret Browsing is a native feature of Internet Explorer, the classic Microsoft Edge web browser, and the Mozilla Firefox web browser. Users of these browsers tap on F7 on the keyboard to enable Caret Browsing in the web browser.

Chromium users may download the Google Caret Browsing extension from the Chrome Web Store to integrate the functionality in Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers such as Vivaldi, Opera, or Brave.

Microsoft identified several issues that drove the company’s decision to integrate Caret Browsing natively in the Edge browser. Most notable, users had to search and install the extension to use it, and issues such as problems with certain Enterprise policies that were caused by delivering the feature as an extension.

microsoft edge caret browsing

Here is what you need to do currently to enable the feature in Microsoft Edge:

  1. Load edge://flags/#edge-caret-browsing in the browser’s address bar.
  2. Set the status of the feature to Enabled.
  3. Restart Microsoft Edge.

Setting the flag to Enabled turns Caret Browsing on in Microsoft Edge. You need to enable the feature manually, however, in each session to make use of it. The description of the flag does not reveal information on how to enable it.

All you have to do is press F7 on the keyboard to enable Caret browsing in Edge. Edge displays a “turn on caret browsing” prompt by default. Select “turn on” to enable it. You may check the “Don’t ask me again when I press F7” box to disable the prompt in future sessions and enable Caret browsing just by tapping on the F7 key.

Once you have enabled the feature you may use the up-down-left-right keys on the keyboard to navigate the webpage.  Interaction with elements on the webpage is also possible; hit the Enter-key to load the target of links, or hold down the Shift-key and use the cursor keys to select text which you may copy using Ctrl-C.

Closing Words

Caret Browsing is an experimental feature at the time of writing and that explains why it needs to be enabled manually using a flag before it becomes available. Microsoft will integrate the feature natively eventually so that it does not need to be enabled using the flag.

Caret Browsing is another feature that distinguishes the Chromium-based Edge from Google Chrome.

Now You: What is your take on Caret Browsing?

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Microsoft disables VBScript by default

Microsoft announced plans in 2017 to disable VBScript in Internet Explorer 11; the company deprecated the feature but kept it alive for certain environments back then to give organizations enough time to migrate resources that use VBScript to other technologies.

VBScript, which was introduced by Microsoft more than two decades ago, is an active scripting language that is modeled on Visual Basic.

It came to some fame in 2000 when a computer worm known as the I Love You or Love Letter Virus, used it to infect systems. Users would get emails with the subject linke ILOVEYOU and an attachment LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.txt.vbs. Users who opened the attachment would infect their machines with the worm.

One of the problems back then was that Windows hid the actual extension of the attachment so that many Windows users believed that it was a harmless text file.

Infected PCs would send emails using the contacts list to spread to other machines. It would furthermore configure Windows to launch itself on start of the system and modify data in computer files.

Microsoft recommended that Microsoft Internet Explorer users disable VBScript in the browser for the Internet Zone and Restricted Sizes Zone to protect the browser against attacks targeting VBScript.

Administrators and users had to disable VBScript in Internet Explorer manually at the time.

internet explorer vbscript disable

The July 2019 cumulative updates for Windows 10 disabled VBScript by default on machines running Windows 10. The coming August 2019 cumulative updates for Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1, will do the same on these machines.

VBScript will be disabled by default for Internet Explorer 11 and WebOCs for Internet and Untrusted zones on all platforms running Internet Explorer 11.

VBScript won’t be removed at this time though. Microsoft notes that it is still possible to enable it on machines if the legacy technology is still needed.

The settings to enable or disable for VBScript execution in Internet Explorer 11 will remain configurable per site security zone, via Registry, or via Group Policy, should you still need to utilize this legacy scripting language.

A support article on the Microsoft Support website provides details on the available options. In short: administrators may turn on VBScript using the Registry, Group Policy (Enterprise only), or site security zone.

Closing Words

The disabling of VBScript is a long overdue step on the Home system and user side; organizations can still allow it on certain systems if legacy scripts are still used.

Now You: when was the last time you encountered a VBScript?

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Only Microsoft Edge Enterprise will support Internet Explorer Mode

Work on the Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge continues. Microsoft has published beta versions of the upcoming web browser for various operating systems up until now. The company uses the same classifications as Google to differentiate between different test versions.

Microsoft Edge Canary is the cutting edge version; other beta versions are Microsoft Edge Dev and Beta. The final version has not been released yet and many expect its initial release when Microsoft releases the first feature update of 2020 for Windows 10.

Tip: here are 8 ways in which Microsoft Edge Chromium is better than Google Chrome.

Microsoft revealed plans for the Enterprise version of Microsoft Edge recently on the Microsoft Edge Dev blog. A roadmap highlights features that are available already in Enterprise versions of Edge and features that will be available soon or in the future.

The features will be Enterprise-exclusive and one of the listed features is support for Internet Explorer mode.

ie mode edgePut simply, Internet Explorer mode is designed to load certain resources such as internal websites using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer rendering engine automatically in Microsoft Edge. A one-browser solution that makes things more comfortable for users and less error-prone at the same time as it is no longer required to use two-browsers for that purpose.

Internet Explorer mode is a compatibility mode to load webpages that require certain technologies, e.g. ActiveX or Browser Helper Objects, to avoid compatibility issues.

Microsoft Edge cannot load these by default because it does not support certain technologies that Internet Explorer supports.

IE Mode requires that administrators enable the policy “Configure Internet Explorer integration” and define the sites that should be loaded automatically in the mode. Two options, loading all Intranet sites or specifying sites using the Enterprise Site List XML, are available.

Internet Explorer mode was available in non-Enterprise versions of Microsoft Edge previously, and part of the confusion surrounding it came from that integration.

Techdows managed to get an answer from Microsoft about it. Microsoft stated that the entry was added to these versions for “internal debugging purposes only”. The company removed it when IE mode was released officially.

That menu entry was always intended only for internal debugging purposes, and we’ve removed it now that IE mode is formally released. IE mode is a enterprise-only feature. Only the admin controls whether a site ends up in IE mode or not (this is key to the security model).

Administrators of Enterprise machines can check out the official IE Mode guide on the Microsoft Docs website. Note that IE Mode is only available on Windows 10 devices running at least Windows 10 version 1809.

Internet Explorer remains an option on Windows 10 and previous versions of Windows. Web developers may use it to test webpages and everyone else may use it to load Internet sites just fine. It is certainly possible that public sites will only load in Internet Explorer.

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Microsoft releases Microsoft Edge Chromium Group Policies preview

Microsoft released an early preview of the policies that it plans to support in the Microsoft Edge Chromium web browser.

Microsoft Edge Chromium, much like the classic Microsoft Edge browser, Google’s Chrome web browser or Mozilla’s Firefox browser, supports policies that administrators may set.

The administrative template is available as a preview that has some limitations currently. The templates are only available in English (US), don’t include policies for updates as Microsoft plans to release those in a separate administrative template file, and may change before the final release as policies may be added, changed, or removed based on feedback and development.

All that is required is to download the administrative template for Microsoft Edge to the local system and add it to the Group Policy.

If you are just interested in the available policies check out the HTML file that lists them all in the common folder. The HTML file lists all included policies in the template; each policy has a link to a details page that contains the description and other information useful to administrators.

microsoft edge policies

You can check out our instructions for adding Chrome templates to the Group Policy, or follow these basic steps to integrate the template:

  1. Download the Administrative Template from the Microsoft Tech Community website.
  2. Extract the zip archive on the local system. Note that it includes policies for Windows and Mac.
  3. Open the Group Policy Editor, e.g. by opening Start, typing gpedit.msc and selecting the item from the list of results.
  4. Right-click on Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates, and select Add/Remove Templates.
  5. Click on Add in the window that opens and browse to the location of the Microsoft Edge templates file.
  6. Select Close to end the process.

microsoft edge  chromium templates

You find the new policies in the Group Policy Editor afterward. All changes that administrators make are saved in the Registry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftEdge. The policies for the old Microsoft Edge browser are saved to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftMicrosoftEdge instead.

Closing Words

The release of administrative templates for Microsoft Edge Chromium marks another important step towards a final release of the web browser. Microsoft has yet to announce an official release date for the new Edge version; a stable version is not available yet.

Microsoft released preview versions of the browser for Windows 7 and 8.1 this week. (via)

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