How to Disable Edge from executing via package (command line)

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  • Stephen Valdinger

    You want them to use Chrome only? I'm assuming windows 10, are you on Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise?

     

    Seems to me the most logical solution here would be to use a Group Policy to push a custom Default File Associations XML file to the lab computers which sets Chrome as the default browser, as well as set a custom taskbar that doesn't include the link to Edge inside it. 

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  • Joseph Duncan

    Windows 10 machines, mixed environment of Pro and Education (similar to enterprise). 

     

    Your idea with the taskbar and associations are dead on, I just didn't get that far yet. Thanks for the great tip. The students tend to use Edge because they know we can't monitor them as well from that. We have built-in Chrome remote management and URL control via Hapara highlights. It's kind of like a remote viewing program, but lets teachers see inside Google Docs, email, and open and close tabs for the students. (Like push out a website to the class so they all don't have to type it manually).

     

    I'll need to research those next two options you suggested. Thanks!

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  • Stephen Valdinger

    I'm not sure Windows 10 Pro or Education will let you do the changes I spoke of. I *think* education can do it, but I am not certain. We are an Enterprise shop here. But, you can at least start testing, you have a general direction of where you should take this. 

     

    I love me some PDQ, but sometimes it is not the best tool for the job.

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  • Christian Bacher

    Block Edge via gpo:

     

    Computerconfig. >Windows Settings>Security Settings>Software Restriction Policies>Additional rules

    right mouse -> New rule (path):

    Path: C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge*
    Security: not allowed

     

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    OR Maybe a reg entry helps too:

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    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Safer\CodeIdentifiers\0\Paths\{d62ce9fd-5eee-4856-a336-682e198c3698}]
    "Description"="Block Edge Browser"
    "SaferFlags"=dword:00000000
    "ItemData"="C:\\Windows\\SystemApps\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge*"

     

    Save it as "block_edge.reg" and Import via cmd:

    reg import /s "\\path_to_file\\block_edge.reg"

    Or just as a normal Install Step inside a Package.

     

    Have Fun

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  • Joseph Duncan

    I'll look forward to trying that. Thanks for the great info. 

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