Edge as default browser GPO error


In the current Stable build 81 when you install Edge and have the Edge Group Policy set to set Edge as the default browser, the error shown below shows up on the pc.

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As far as i could find online this happens if Edge doesn't change the default browser using the correct API in Windows 10 and corrupts the settings.

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best response confirmed by ToMMeR (Contributor)



As you might or might not have seen in the documentation its only for Windows 7



Note for Windows administrators: This policy only works for PCs running Windows 7. For later versions of Windows, you have to deploy a "default application associations" file that makes Microsoft Edge the handler for the https and http protocols (and, optionally, the ftp protocol and file formats such as .html, .htm, .pdf, .svg, .webp). See for more information.


@Joachim_T Ahh sorry, yes I missed that.

Open the Group Policy editor and go to the Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\File Explorer.Select Set a default associations configuration file.Click policy setting, and then click Enabled.Under Options:, type the location to your default associations configuration file.Click OK to save the policy settings.@ToMMeR