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Windows 10 update KB4576754 forces new Microsoft Edge install on PCs

Microsoft pushes new update force the Chromium version of Edge on Windows 10.

Microsoft has made available the KB4576754 update (via BetaNews) for devices running Windows 10 version 2004, 1909, 1903, and 1809 to force the install of the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge to replace the legacy version.

Once the KB4576754 update installs, the new version of Microsoft Edge will be applied, the app will be pinned to the taskbar, and the option to uninstall the browser will be removed from the Settings app.

In addition to this update, the company also rolled out the KB4576753 update for computers still running version 1803 to replace the default web browser with the new version based on the Chromium platform.

Update KB4576754 for Windows 10

According to the company, these are the changes introduced with KB4576754:

  • Start menu pins, tiles, and shortcuts for the current version of Microsoft Edge will migrate to the new Microsoft Edge.
  • Taskbar pins and shortcuts for the current version of Microsoft Edge will migrate to the new Microsoft Edge.
  • The new Microsoft Edge will be pinned to the taskbar. If the current version of Microsoft Edge is already pinned, it will be replaced.
  • The new Microsoft Edge will add a shortcut to the desktop. If the current version of Microsoft Edge already has a shortcut, it will be replaced.
  • By default, most protocols that Microsoft Edge handles will be migrated to the new Microsoft Edge.
  • 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.
  • Trying to start the current version of Microsoft Edge will redirect to the new Microsoft Edge.
  • The First Run Experience (FRE) will auto-launch the first time that a device restarts after the new Microsoft Edge is installed. This does not occur on devices joined to a Domain, Active Directory, Azure AD or on Windows 10 Enterprise and Surface Hub Editions.
  • Data from earlier versions of Microsoft Edge (such as passwords, favorites, open tabs) will be available in the new Microsoft Edge.
  • The new Microsoft Edge does not support the removal of this update.

Although the update is not part of a Patch Tuesday update rollout, the company is pushing the update automatically through Windows Update. However, it’ll not install automatically for computers managed using the Windows Update for Business system.