Microsoft shared info on how Edge users can prevent the web browser from launching automatically after they log into their Windows account by tweaking the system’s Sign-in setting for automatically restarting apps on logon.
“If you don’t want Microsoft Edge to start when you sign in to Windows, you can change this in Windows Settings,” the company says in a Microsoft Edge support document published earlier this week.
To do that, Edge users with devices running Windows 10 2004 will have to open the Setting app from the Start menu, go to Accounts > Sign-in options and toggle off the “Automatically save my restartable apps when I sign out and restart them after I sign in.” option under ‘Restart apps’.
Customers with devices running older Windows 10 versions have a different option named “Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device and reopen my apps after an update or restart” under ‘Privacy’, an option that will also prevent Edge from automatically starting up on sign-in if disabled.
The instructions were published following an investigation carried out by Redmond’s Edge development team regarding a known issue impacting the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser would automatically launch itself on Windows startup even if it wasn’t added by users to the auto-start list.
“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,” Microsoft community manager Fawkes Serafinski said at the time.
Rolling out automatically
Microsoft announced in early-June that the Chromium-based Edge web browser started rolling out automatically via Windows Update to all customers with devices running Windows 10 1803 or later.
As part of this automated roll-out, the new Edge is replacing the legacy Edge web browser and it cannot be removed once installed.
“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,” Microsoft explained at the time.
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.