Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.
The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.
By default, each time you open Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Edge will check if its the default browser and will prompt a Would you like to set Microsoft Edge as your default browser notification with a Set as default button if not.
You can use the DefaultBrowserSettingEnabled policy to enable or disable if Microsoft Edge always checks whether it's the default browser when opened, and enables or disables the Make default button (user controls) in Microsoft Edge settings.
- If you this policy to True (enable), Microsoft Edge always checks whether it's the default browser on startup and will automatically set itself as the default web browser.
- If you set this policy to False (disable), Microsoft Edge is stopped from ever checking if it's the default and turns user controls off for this option.
- If you don't set this policy, Microsoft Edge lets users control whether it's the default and, if not, whether user notifications should appear.
You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the default browser setting in Microsoft Edge.
EXAMPLE: Default "Would you like to set Microsoft Edge as your default browser" with "Set as default" button
The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.
(delete) = Default
0 = Always disabled
1 = Always enabled
Do step 2 (enable), step 3 (disable), or step 4 (default) below for what you would like to do.
This is the default setting.
Save the .reg file to your desktop.
Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.
When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.
If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen Microsoft Edge to apply.
You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.