Windows 10: Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching in Windows 10  

    Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Browsers & Email
    13 Aug 2018
    Designer Media Ltd

    Published by


    Brink's Avatar
    Administrator

    Posts: 31,355

    Show Printable Version 


    How to Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching in Windows 10


    Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that is available across the Windows 10 device family. It is designed for Windows 10 to be faster, safer, and compatible with the modern Web.

    By default, Microsoft Edge pre-launches as a background process during Windows startup, when the system is idle, and each time Microsoft Edge is closed waiting to be launched by the user. Pre-launching helps the performance of Microsoft Edge and minimizes the amount of time required to start up Microsoft Edge.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17713 (announced in Windows 10 build 17723), you can use a new Allow Microsoft Edge to pre-launch at Windows startup, when the system is idle, and each time Microsoft Edge is closed group policy that lets you decide whether Microsoft Edge can pre-launch during Windows sign in, when the system is idle, and each time Microsoft Edge is closed. By default this setting is to allow pre-launch.

    If you allow pre-launch, disable, or donít configure this policy setting, Microsoft Edge pre-launches during Windows sign in, when the system is idle, and each time Microsoft Edge is closed; minimizing the amount of time required to start up Microsoft Edge.

    If you prevent pre-launch, Microsoft Edge wonít pre-launch during Windows sign in, when the system is idle, or each time Microsoft Edge is closed.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Microsoft Edge pre-launching during Windows sign in, when the system is idle, and each time Microsoft Edge is closed for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable Microsoft Edge pre-launching.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching using a REG file


    EXAMPLE: Microsoft Edge pre-launching background processes
    Name:  Microsoft_Edge_pre-launching-1.jpg
Views: 58
Size:  106.5 KB Name:  Microsoft_Edge_pre-launching-2.png
Views: 57
Size:  23.0 KB






    Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching in Local Group Policy Editor


    The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option TWO below.


    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Edge

    Name:  Pre-launch_Microsoft_Edge_gpedit-1.jpg
Views: 279
Size:  37.1 KB

    3. In the right pane of Microsoft Edge in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Allow Microsoft Edge to pre-launch at Windows startup, when the system is idle, and each time Microsoft Edge is closed policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you want.


     5. To Enable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Not Configured is the default setting.


     6. To Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, select Prevent pre-launching in the "Options" drop menu, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Name:  Pre-launch_Microsoft_Edge_gpedit-2.png
Views: 280
Size:  51.0 KB

    7. You can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Main

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Main

    AllowPrelaunch DWORD

    delete = Enable
    0 = Disable


    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you want.


     2. To Enable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_Pre-launch_Microsoft_Edge.reg

    download


     3. To Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_Pre-launch_Microsoft_Edge.reg

    download


    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


    That's it,
    Shawn





  1.    1 Week Ago #1

    Just checked my app history and cleared it in Task Manager, and acter about 10 minutes, Edge had used 30 seconds of CPU which seems a bit high considering I never opened it. So what does Edge do when pc is idling I wonder?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 31,355
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
    Thread Starter
       1 Week Ago #2

    I suppose just sitting there preloaded in memory waiting to be opened.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 3,458
    3-Win-7Prox64 2-Win10Prox64
       1 Week Ago #3

    Hi,
    Another jewel Shawn
    Interesting GP wouldn't just be set to disabled instead of enabled and the second choice though :)
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 31,355
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
    Thread Starter
       1 Week Ago #4

    That would make it easier and less complicated to set.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 35,372
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       1 Week Ago #5

    Brink said: View Post
    I suppose just sitting there preloaded in memory waiting to be opened.
    Loads it, and suspends it. Among others. Just sits there.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	2018-08-07_17h21_26.png 
Views:	10 
Size:	106.3 KB 
ID:	198510
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 3,458
    3-Win-7Prox64 2-Win10Prox64
       1 Week Ago #6

    Hi,
    Well at least the reg file doesn't use MS double talk
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 31,355
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
    Thread Starter
       1 Week Ago #7

      My ComputersSystem Spec

  8.    1 Week Ago #8

    Hey Shawn, want to take just a minute to thank you again for your excellent tutorials and general help on this forum. I'm retired and will be 80 in a couple of months and can use all the computer help I can get. Since Netscape's time, I've thoroughly enjoyed tweaking my browser(s) so that they would run correctly, while giving me all the bells and whistles one could want. And, over the years, there have been many problems with my browsing that were due to some kind of malfunction with W10. I don't know how to write code, but I'm good at following directions and your tutorials have certainly help me maintain my sanity.

    For example, just the other day, Edge was loading itself, although it wasn't wanted. I ran a Google. Found a lot of answers to which there were conflicting responses. Thus, I didn't trust the solutions. Went to the W10 forum, found your tutorial and never thought twice about not following it. Thanks, again.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  9. Posts : 31,355
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
    Thread Starter
       1 Week Ago #9

    You're most welcome flycaster. I'm glad the tutorials have been able to help you over the years.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

Tutorial Categories

Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Pre-launching in Windows 10 Tutorial Index Network & Sharing Instalation and Upgrade Browsers and Email General Tips Gaming Customization Apps and Features Virtualization BSOD System Security User Accounts Hardware and Drivers Updates and Activation Backup and Restore Performance and Maintenance Xbox Windows Phone


Related Threads
How to Enable or Disable Autofill in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that is available across the Windows 10 device family. It is designed for Windows 10 to be faster, safer, and compatible with the modern Web....
How to Enable or Disable Saving History in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that is available across the Windows 10 device family. It is designed for Windows 10 to be faster, safer, and compatible with the modern...
How to Enable or Disable Printing in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that is available across the Windows 10 device family. It is designed for Windows 10 to be faster, safer, and compatible with the modern Web....
How to Enable or Disable Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that is available across the Windows 10 device family. It is designed for Windows 10 to be faster, safer, and compatible with the modern...
How to Enable or Disable VP9 Codec Extension in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that is available across the Windows 10 device family. It is designed for Windows 10 to be faster, safer, and compatible with the...

Tags for this Thread

Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:45.
Find Us