At the Microsoft Ignite 2019 conference, the company announced the release date of the new web browser called Edge. It will be available from January 15, 2020. At the same time, it will be installed on the PC in the background as an update, replacing the standard web browser.

It will make the home web browser more modern and secure. At the same time, a tool for corporate editions will appear. It will allow system administrators of companies to control the installation of a new browser on systems with automatic Windows update enabled.

If you know that you aren’t going to use Edge at all when Microsoft auto-installs it onto your system, you can block Windows Update from doing that. It’s easy. Visit the Microsoft website and download the Blocker Toolkit. Run the executable, which will unpack a**.CMD file** (and two others) wherever you want. Then, open up an administrative Command Prompt (right-click when you search for it via the Start menu and select “Run as Administrator”), and navigate to the folder where that.CMD file lives.

Run it by entering “EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd” into the Command Prompt. You’ll then see which flags you can use to block and unblock the automatic installation. If you’d rather skip right to that, then type “EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd /b” to prevent Windows Update from installing Edge on your system, and use the “/u” flag if you want to reverse course.