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Microsoft Edge: Taking Control

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) includes a number of enhancements over the previous Windows 10 release in various areas. You can see a detailed list of the changes here. Each major new version of Windows 10 also includes dramatic changes to Microsoft Edge, including a number of performance, security, and compatibility improvements. In addition, Microsoft continues to improve management capabilities for Microsoft Edge in an Enterprise deployment scenario.

You can find the full list of scenario-driven management policies for Microsoft Edge on TechNet and in the screenshot below.

However, while Microsoft slowly adds missing policies that were requested in customer's feedback, the management story of Microsoft Edge is still sorely lacking. In Windows 10 1709 35 policies can be configured (compared to almost 1500 different GPO settings for IE11). Granted, the key fact to remember is that this is a fairly new browser and more group settings are coming. My impression is that the product team takes feedback they get from Enterprise customers very seriously and spends hundreds of hours adding additional Windows 10 browser management options, drastically improving some management scenarios. Pretty cool!

There is also the fact, that Edge has far fewer settings and most of them can be configured via the registry. Assuming you simply want a default configuration option applied to user profiles, with no lock down, you could apply Microsoft Edge configuration either via Group Policy Preferences or via a logon script - in this case, the list below is for you. It contains all registry settings (that I deemed interesting, that is) that can be applied to Microsoft Edge as of Windows 10 1709.

Note: An Excel spreadsheet, containing the description of Microsoft Edge options, registry paths, possible settings and whenever or not configuration via GPO is possible, is attached to this post.

Setting Registry Path (partial) Value Type Configurable via GPO
Choose a theme MicrosoftEdge - Main - Theme 0 = Light, 1 = Dark DWORD No
Open Microsoft Edge with MicrosoftEdge - ContinuousBrowsing - Enabled 0 = Startpage, 1 = Previous Pages DWORD No
Open new tabs with MicrosoftEdge - ServiceUI - NewTabPageDisplayOption 0 = Tops sites and suggested content, 1 = Top sites, 2 = A blank page DWORD Yes
Show the favorites bar MicrosoftEdge - LinksBar - Enabled 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD No
Show only icons on the favorites bar MicrosoftEdge - Main - FaviconOnlyOnFavBar 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD No
Sync your favorites, reading list, top sites, and other settings across your Windows devices MicrosoftEdge - Main - SyncSettings 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD No
Show the home button MicrosoftEdge - Main - HomeButtonEnabled 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD No
Show the home button (Additional configuration) MicrosoftEdge - Main - HomeButtonPage about:start = Start page, about:tabs = New tab oage, %url% = A specific page (example: REG_SZ No
Block pop-ups MicrosoftEdge - New Windows - PopupMgr yes = On, no = Off REG_SZ Yes
Use Adobe Flash Player MicrosoftEdge - Addons - FlashPlayerEnabled 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD Yes
Open sites in apps MicrosoftEdge - AppLinks - Enabled 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD No
Save downloaded files to MicrosoftEdge - Main - Default Download Directory %path% (default: %OSDrive% - %Usersname% - Downloads) REG_SZ No
Ask me what to do with each download MicrosoftEdge - Download - EnableSavePrompt 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD No
Offer to save password MicrosoftEdge - Main - FormSuggest Passwords yes = On, no = Off REG_SZ Yes
Save form entries MicrosoftEdge - Main - Use FormSuggest yes = On, no = Off REG_SZ Yes
Send Do Not Track requests MicrosoftEdge - Main - DoNotTrack 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD Yes
Have Cortana assist me in Microsoft Edge MicrosoftEdge - ServiceUI - EnableCortana 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD No
Show search and sites suggestions as I type MicrosoftEdge - Main - ShowSearchSuggestionsGlobal 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD No
Show search history MicrosoftEdge - ServiceUI - ShowSearchHistory - (Default) 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD No
Optimize taskbar web search results for screen readers MicrosoftEdge - Main - OptimizeWindowsSearch
0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD No
Show sites I frequently visit in top sites MicrosoftEdge - ServiceUI - ShowFrequentTopSites - (Default) 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD No
Cookies MicrosoftEdge - Main - Cookies 0 = Block all cookies, 1 = Block only third party cookies, 2 = Don't block cookies DWORD Yes
Let sites save protected media licenses on my device MicrosoftEdge - Privacy - EnableEncryptedMediaExtensions 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD No
Use page predictions to speed up browsing, improve reading, and make my overall experience better MicrosoftEdge - FlipAhead - FPEnabled 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD No
Help protect me from malicious sites and downloads with Windows Defender SmartScreen MicrosoftEdge - PhishingFilter - EnabledV9 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled DWORD Yes

Note: The base registry path for all registry settings listed above is HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\ Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

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