A few months ago Microsoft had decided to use Chromium base code for their Edge web browser, and since then they have released many versions of the Edge Chromium browser. But the final release version will be released in January 2020 through the automatic updates of Windows. If you do not want the automatic delivery in this manner, then you can use the Blocker Toolkit provided by Microsoft to block it from being automatically updated. You will still be able to manually update the Edge Chromium browser. Here is how:
- Download Microsoft Edge Blocker Toolkit and save it somewhere on your computer.
- Launch the downloaded MicrosoftEdgeChromiumBlockerToolkit.exe file and agree with the terms by clicking on the Yes button.
- It will ask for a folder where the files are to be extracted. Select any easy-to-access folder and click on the OK button.
- There will be four files extracted. Some of these files are for the Group Policy Editor and others for manual use. Here is a brief description of these files:
- In order to block the automatic update of Edge (Chromium-based) on your Windows 10 PC, you have to open a command prompt (admin) or PowerShell (admin) and give the following command:
Later if you want to enable the automatic updates, you can give the following command in the elevated command prompt:
If you want to change these settings from the Group Policy Editor, then copy the ADML and ADMX files to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions and then launch the Group Policy Editor by pressing Win+R and then entering gpedit.msc. For this to work, you must have Windows 10 version 1803 or newer and also the Edge (Chromium-based) browser installed. In the newer versions of Windows 10, these administrative templates for group policy editor will come pre-installed and all you will have to do is make the changes to the settings.