Stop Microsoft Edge from starting up automatically

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Hello, Whenever I sign into my computer (after waking it up), Microsoft Edge keeps starting up automatically. How can I stop this from happening? Thanks.

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The problem is the default windows-spotlight background in the lockscreen. If you click on one of the words in the lockscreen, edge will search for this word after you unlock the screen. So changing the background in the lockscreen worked for me. 

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  • ToddN2000
    Are you closing Edge be for putting it to sleep? If I close Edge then put to my pc to sleep, wake it up Edge stays closed.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Open settings, system, default apps & click web browser. Select the browser as your choice and check if that helps. Also you can open task manager and click startup tab/option and disable the process which liable for edge.
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  • yogi1kanobee
    This started happening to me last week when I upgraded Win10. I renamed the edge exe, which prevented it from starting, but you could see that it had tried to launch a window. I fixed it by going to Settings-> Personalisation->Lock Screen and selecting a picture from my hard drive and turning of Cortanas fun tips. Maybe that will work for you.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Renaming a system file/Microsoft's own app, is not a proper solution. In future, it may corrupt this file as well as other .dll files that are also linked.
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  • bprins
    My Windows 10 starts without the login screen (use netplwiz to auto login), and all background apps are disabled. Still Edge loads 5 instances in the background at startup: 1x MicrosoftEdge.exe and 4x MicrosoftEdgeCP.exe. (CP stands for Content Process) Nothing in run or startup (registry or otherwise).
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  • ToddN2000
    Do you mean EDGE in the background processes or does the actual browser itself open up?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    @bprins, have you checked system services? Try to open msconfig and check what other services are running other than Microsoft services. You can uncheck the services that are no longer required (for temporarily) and restart the system to check it.
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  • webkat
    There are a lot of “fixes” online for this, regedit’s etc… none of which worked for me. The simple fix was start/settings/apps/default apps/web browser, change it to anything but Microsoft edge, I chose firefox, and poof… no Microsoft edge (5) appearances in task manager on windows startup.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    It is better to open MSCONFIG through Run box, (Windows Key + R) and click Startup tab, and check/identify the MS Edge related services. Be careful and close the task by uncheck the checkbox. Next click Apply and OK. If the system asks for reboot, allow to do that, and check if that is helpful.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I think this might be a new "feature" in Windows 10 that cannot be disabled.
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  • Billadelphia
    Seems correct, Kevin, in the latest update. None of the above worked for me. And if you go to Apps/Microsoft Edge it cannot be uninstalled. Just more MS BS.
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  • ToddN2000
    Microsoft is back to it's old tricks. My computer just loaded and installed the latest April Win 10 update. Took almost 2 hours start to finish. Now I'm prompted for all kinds of things and it's driving me nuts. I had my system the way I wanted and now have to fix a lot of things their fixes broke on my end. I guess we just have to swallow the pill they're pushing if we want to continue to use their OS.
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  • Billadelphia
    Took me an hour to get it to recognize a Microsoft mouse and keyboard connected to my laptop by USB!
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  • Subhendu Sen
    According to Microsoft's mechanism, it may not possible to uninstall MS Edge, but it is possible to change the default browser. It is not recommended to remove the app through System apps.
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  • ALP458
    Go to settings then click privacy then background apps turn off Microsoft Edge then restart your computer for it to take affect
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command. Type gpedit.msc and click OK. Browse the following path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Edge. On the right side, double click the 'Prevent the First Run webpage from opening on Microsoft Edge policy'. Now enable/disable as your choice.
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  • adminlu

    Final solution:

    When you start your computer, you will see a nice picture with some text in the middle of the screen.

    The trick is on that text, because the password box is hidden under the text area.  Usually you may click on the text to bring up the password box so you can type in password to log in.  However, at the time you click on the text, which is sort of a hyperlink, you trigger a command to open Edge when the Windows come up!

    Fortunately, you can just press the space bar, instead of clicking the text on the screen, to bring up the password box, and if you bring up the password box in this way, then log in, you never send a command to open Edge, thus no Edge will be opened when you log in.

    Hope this will help.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Found one more thing, you can try to stop Edge from running in the background. On Settings, click Privacy. From the list select ‘Background App’. Locate Edge and disable it to prevent the app to run in the background.
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  • PaulDeaton
    For me, adminlu (above) put me on the right track. However, the Space Bar did not work. But the Home key did! Thanks, adminlu!
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