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How to hide the First Run Experience in the new Microsoft Edge?

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Microsoft

One of the most frequent Enterprise asks around the new First Run Experience has been for a way to hide the new First Run Experience.

It could be that you do not want your users to change these configurations which you are already managing via other policies. Or perhaps you want your users to get immediately productive without fiddling with any configurations.

 

Whatever the reason, we’ve got you covered!

 

We have been working hard on your feedback, and starting with Microsoft Edge 80 (Stable) you can now use the new browser policy HideFirstRunExperience to do just that!

 

This new policy is a frictionless way for the users of your managed devices to go directly to the browser startup page without seeing any configuration or welcome message at first run. When this policy is enabled, all the configurations which are currently shown in the first run experience will be set to sane defaults.

  • Existing user data from the edgeHTML-based Microsoft Edge Legacy version will still be migrated over to the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge. However, the user data from no other browser will be imported automatically.
  • In the New Tab Page, the feed type will be set to use MSN News alongwith the Inspirational layout.

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  • The user will still be automatically signed into Microsoft Edge, if the Windows account is of AAD or MSA type.
  • Sync of browser data will not be enabled by default and users will be able to turn on sync from the sync settings.

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You can still manage all the various core configurations currently shown in the first run experience, using existing browser policies which can work in combination with the HideFirstRunExperience policy. Some of these are:

  • AutoImportAtFirstRun - Automatically import another browser's data and settings at first run
  • NewTabPageLocation - Configure the new tab page URL
  • NewTabPageSetFeedType - Configure the Microsoft Edge new tab page experience
  • SyncDisabled - Disable synchronization of data using Microsoft sync services
  • BrowserSignin - Specify whether a user can sign into Microsoft Edge with their account and use account-related services like sync and single sign on.
  • NonRemovableProfileEnabled - Configure whether a user always has a default profile automatically signed in with their work or school account

If you disable or don't configure this policy, the First-run experience and the Welcome screen will be shown. 

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@rishavsharan 

I am just testing with Beta 80.0.361.45 and V80 GPO

 

Finaly First run Screen is away.:smile:

But unfortunatly AutoImportAtFirstRun doesnt work.:facepalm:

 

Looks always like this.

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But should look like this after first run

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Without a proper bugfree firstrun experience i have to stop the planed rollout in our company:cry:

 

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@Joachim_T
Are you trying to get data from IE11 using AutoImportAtFirstRun?
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@rishavsharan 

 

Yes. We are just Using IE11 Only and need to push out a secondary Browser. 

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@Joachim_T
We have already fixed this bug and the fix should be out on the latest Canary. Can you try it and let me know if it solves your import troubles?

The same fix will be available in E81 Stable.

 

Also, I will recommend keeping any further question related to this issue on https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/enterprise/autoimportatfirstrun-policy-no-longer-imports-favo...

That way we can keep this thread focused on this new policy.

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@rishavsharan 

 

in V81?? Really??. i Will be killed from my Users if i wait that long with the Rollout. And there is even no Schedule for the Versions :facepalm: so i can't plan a rollout date. I hoped i could finish the Rollout on our 80 Terminalservers around Mid February

 

Maybe i should switch to firefox instead for my company:cool:

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As far as the release schedules go, a good rule of thumb is to take the chromium release cycle and add a couple of days for us.
https://chromiumdash.appspot.com/schedule
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@rishavsharan 

So you want to say me i have to wait another 1.5 month for rollout. 2 month delay. :facepalm: 

I dont know if that will be possible. 

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As far as the release schedules go, a good rule of thumb is to take the chromium release cycle and add a couple of days for us.
https://chromiumdash.appspot.com/schedule

 

@rishavsharan Which date do you mean? The "Stable Release" or "Stable Release (Chrome OS)" date? Can we expect to get something like this Chromiums-Release-Schedule for EdgeChromium in the near future to plan on-prem-Deployment-Cycle?

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@Gunnar Haslinger 

 

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@josh_bodner do we have any plan of having our own public release calendar?

 

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@rishavsharan 

@josh_bodner

 

if there is no own public calender i would be happy about a rule. like 7 days after chromium stable release for example

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@rishavsharan We are exactly in the same situation as mentioned in this thread. We realy need to push out Edge as the default browser in our company (a large hospital). But we realy need to get rid off the first run.


According to https://chromiumdash.appspot.com/schedule a stable release for version 80 was yesterday? Is that correct? So we can expect a download link within a few days for version 80 (Stable) right?

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We are in the same situation: we are using the stable Edge 79 version with the AutoAutoImportAtFirstRun option on a small group of machines, and I was waiting for version 80 which incorporates the deactivation of the first experience. So we were ready to deploy Edge 80 on all of our 2,500 machines, but AutoAutoImportAtFirstRun no longer works ... I don't understand that successive beta versions of the 80 have not corrected this problem, and we are now told to wait for version 81 ?! Is there not a possible workaround (registry)?

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@Ben42 

I deployed v79 without the Policy to hide FirstRunExperience and used a PowerShell-Script to preconfigure EdgeChromium-FirstRunExperience.ps1

 

you find my Script here: 

https://github.com/gunnarhaslinger/Microsoft-Edge-based-on-Chromium-Scripts

 

Maybe this can help you out.

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I can confirm the "First Run" issue is solved in version 80 (Stable) with the GPO setting.

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Hi!
Well, I’m at 80.0.361.48 Stable, just installed yesterday, but … still this flying around stylized „e“ appear on first run, even it’s disabled via GPO. Also, first run home page is still taken from legacy Edge (https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/enterprise/edge-chromium-start-page-is-taken-from-old-edge/m-...) which is replaced with Chromium.
Probably I missed something?
Sure, no moving to production till this kind of problems solved, including new tab as blank one or custom home page set.
More thanks, Alar.

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Can you confirm if the policy is active at all?
goto edge://policy and see if the defined value is being read by the browser. If this policy is not there, there may be some issue in how you have set the policy on your device.

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@rishavsharan

Hi and thanks!
Oh, yes, meaning, no, this policy wasn’t listed at all, my fault. “edge://policy”. Yes, splash screen is gone, using now latest .50.
(1) Home page is probably imported from legacy, but via GPO is defined another one, but Edge still opens imported one.
(2) Also, something we can do about New Tab? Meaning, set something by own, instead of this … Google, Netflix etc. row.
(3) I couldn’t et default search also as Google, sorry to admit, still Bing.
More thanks, Alar.

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@MSAlf 

I’m too hasty, there is some errors in policy, I’ll report back.
Alar.

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HomePageLocation and NewTabPageLocation policy and DefaultSearchProviderEnabled - “This policy is blocked - its value will be ignored.”.
DefaultSearchProviderSearchURL – “Ignored because default search isn't enabled.”.
Some policies more blocked.

Windows 10 Pro.
Alar.

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@MSAlf Are your machines Domain-Joined?
If not, read my blog-post to solve this: 
https://hitco.at/blog/apply-edge-policies-for-non-domain-joined-devices/

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@Pedro1982 are the GPO admx from 1/23 the ones you need to make this change?

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@beeryurt I don't know what "change" you are talking about, and I have no idea what "1/23" means, but you find the most actual ADMX-Templates here. Regarding Homepage etc... there was no change since v77 to v80:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

 

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@beeryurt Just goto https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download and download them. Then you have the new admx with the option to disable the FirstRunExperience. ;)

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@Gunnar Haslinger 

 

I had just downloaded the admx templates last week and that was the date on the files, I grabbed the new ones today and see those have the hidefirstrun in them

 

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@Gunnar Haslinger

Hi and thanks!
Thought it might be something related to domain-joined story. Computer I tried new Edge on is not domain-joined. I’ll give a try, thanks.
More thanks, Alar.

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@Gunnar Haslinger

Hi again!
Yes, it (all problems I described here) do work now as expected.
More thanks to all, Alar.

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@rishavsharan I'm running stable build 80 and when I do the HideFirstRun it doesn't apply any of the other settings. So there isn't any SSO, no sync, first tab experience isn't O365 because the user isn't signed in. If I allow the First Run to happen all of the above happens. My test machine is using Conditional MFA with trusted IP, Seamless SSO and is Hybrid Azure Joined. Anyone else having issues with SSO and Edge when hiding the first run?

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@rishavsharan 

 

Hey. Just tested the newest V81 Beta (81.0.416.16). and its still not fixed in there

 

Does it mean i will not have a solution in V81?

 

 

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@Joachim_T it IS fixed since version 80 (Stable), 100% sure. Make sure you got the right ADMX versions.

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@Pedro1982 

It isnt fixed in 80 Stable and it was always announced for V81

 

I dont Talk about First run Splash Up. I am talking about AutoImportAtFirstRun

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@rishavsharan Good first attempt, but the enterprise experience still needs to be better.  There are a number of items still being missed in terms of enterprise manageability.  Will there be an Edge Enterprise AMA, or TAP group at some point?

 

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This is fixed in E81 Beta. Maybe there is some other issue at play. Can you confirm that when you open the browser where the policy is applied on, and navigate to edge://policy, you can see AutoImportAtFirstRun with the correct value?
this page lists all the policies which are active on this browser instance and if you do not see this policy in the list, there was some other issue while applying the policy.
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Thanks Dustin.
We do have a TAP channel. I have dropped a note to my colleagues who drive that.
In case you have any specific feedback/need around the onboarding experience, do let me know and I'll set up a call with you to better understand it. I am always interested in learning more from our users.
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Here how it looks like on first run with new profile:

 

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 and as you can see policy is at work:

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So Import always need manual work. I have to click on the link in Favoritebar.

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@Dustin Halvorson 

Thanks for the great feedback so far. We have have a TAP-style program run out of the Windows Customer Connection Program (WCCP). Please have your TAM or ATS nominate you for the program. If they don't know who to do that, they can reach out to me. Looking forward to hearing from you.