“If you don’t want Microsoft Edge to start when you sign in to Windows, you can change this in Windows Settings,” Microsoft says in the recent published document in the support of Microsoft Edge.
So, up till now, the Edge users who see the web browser launches automatically after they log-on to their Windows account by tweaking the system’s sign-in setting for automatically restarting app or logon and can now stop this activity.
To do that, the users with devices running Windows 10, 2004, will have to open the Setting app from the Start up menu, go to the Accounts> Sign-in options and turn off the “Automatically save my restartable apps when I sign out and restart them after I sign in.” option under ‘Restart apps’.
The devices with the older Windows versions will find “Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device and reopen my apps after an update or restart” option under the privacy. Disabling this option will prevent the Edge browser from automatically starting up on sign-in.
These instructions followed up with an investigation on a known issue that impacts the new Chromium based browser to automatically launch itself on Windows start up even if it wasn’t added by the users to auto-start list. This investigation is carried out by Redmond’s Edge development Team.
Fawkes Serafinski, Microsoft community manager, said at the time, “We’ve heard from our community that some versions of Microsoft Edge are automatically launching whenever users start their PCs and log into Windows, regardless of their selection in edge://settings/onStartup”
As Microsoft announced in early June, the Chromium based Edge browser started rolling out automatically with Window update to all customers with devices running Windows 10, 1803 or later. As a part of this automatically update, the new Edge browser is replacing the legacy Edge web browser and it cannot be removed. The company says on this:
“The current version of Microsoft Edge will be hidden from UX surfaces in the OS. This includes settings, applications, and any file or protocol support dialog boxes. Any attempts to start the current version of Microsoft Edge will redirect to the new Microsoft Edge.” Redmond also said that user data from earlier Edge versions will be automatically migrated to the new Edge.