Download and Import ADMX Templates for Microsoft Edge

Learn how to download and install ADMX templates for Microsoft Edge browser. The Edge ADMX templates add rules and settings for Microsoft Edge to the Policy Definition template folder on individual computers.

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Import ADMX Templates for Microsoft Edge

In this article, you’ll learn how to download and import ADMX templates for Microsoft Edge browser. To configure Microsoft Edge with GPO, you must install ADMX administrative templates. The ADMX templates add rules and settings for Microsoft Edge to the Policy Definition template folder on individual computers.

To configure ADMX templates for Microsoft Edge, you need the Microsoft Edge browser on the client computers. Once you have Microsoft Edge deployed, you can download the ADMX templates for Edge and configure them.

After you deploy the Microsoft Edge browser to the computers, you might also look to apply or set certain policies, such as setting a default home page, set Edge as the default browser, etc. To configure Microsoft Edge with group policy objects, you must install administrative templates (ADMX templates).

Read: How to deploy Edge updates using Configuration Manager

Edge ADMX Templates

The Edge ADMX templates add rules and settings for Microsoft Edge to the group policy Central Store in your Active Directory domain. You can then configure the specific policies you want to set.

There are two administrative templates available for Microsoft Edge:

  • msedge.admx: This is used to configure Microsoft Edge settings
  • msedgeupdate.admx: This helps you manage Microsoft Edge updates

Both of these ADMX files can be applied with tools such as the Local Group Policy Editor for application on an individual computer or the Group Policy Management Console for Microsoft Windows domain networks.

Not just Edge, Microsoft releases new administrative templates for Windows 11 and Windows 10 computers regularly.

Read: How to block Edge Extensions using Intune

Download ADMX Templates for Microsoft Edge

This section details the steps to download and install the Microsoft Edge administrative templates. You can download GPO ADMX templates for the Microsoft Edge browser from the Microsoft download site. On the Edge for Business Download page, select the Edge channel/build, platform and click GET POLICY FILES.

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Download Microsoft Edge ADMX Templates

On the Download Microsoft Edge Policy file window, click Accept and Download.

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Download ADMX Templates for Microsoft Edge Browser

Your browser downloads the MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates.cab file. The MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates.cab contains the policy templates (ADMX Templates) for the Microsoft Edge browser.

When you extract the cab file, you get the MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates.zip file. By extracting the MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates.zip file, you get the templates for Microsoft Edge.

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Add the Edge ADMX Templates to Active Directory

This section details the steps to add or import the Edge ADMX templates to Active Directory. Ensure you are using an account that has domain administrator privileges for importing Edge ADMX templates.

After you extract the Edge templates, go to MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates\windows\admx. Copy msedgeupdate.admx and msedge.admx files to “%systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions“.

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Add the Edge ADMX Templates to Active Directory

Some administrators may see destination folder access denied message box. Select Do this for all current items and click Continue.

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Once you copy the ADMX file, you have to copy their related ADML files too. Go back to the MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates\windows\admx\en-US folder path.

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Copy both ADML files to “%systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions\en-US“.

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Add the Edge ADMX Templates to Active Directory

Using Edge ADMX Templates – Create a GPO

Once the Edge ADMX templates are imported, the next step is to verify if you can use them to configure Edge settings. Launch the Group Policy Management console on the domain controller. Right-click your domain entry and select Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here.

Create GPO to deploy Microsoft Edge ADMX Templates

You can specify the name as “MS Edge policies” or something meaningful and click Edit.

Create GPO to deploy Microsoft Edge ADMX Templates

In the group policy management editor, navigate to Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates.

We see the following policies are available to customize the Microsoft Edge browser.

  • Microsoft Edge: Configure the mandatory policies for your Edge browser.
  • Microsoft Edge – Default Settings (users can override): Configure preferred default settings for Microsoft Edge.
  • MS Edge Update: Contains the policy settings to configure how Microsoft Edge installs the updates.

You can go through the policies, enable the desired ones and deploy the GPO to your computers.

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