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ADMX Templates for Microsoft Edge

This post covers about ADMX templates for Microsoft Edge. We all know that Microsoft Edge for business is now available for download. In addition to that you can also download the ADMX templates for Edge.

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

These 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.

Note – This post doesn’t cover the Microsoft Edge deployment. You can refer to these posts – https://www.prajwaldesai.com/tag/microsoft-edge/ if you want to deploy and manage Edge using Configuration Manager.

Download ADMX Templates for Microsoft Edge

First of all download the ADMX Templates for Microsoft Edge by clicking this link. On the Edge for business download page, select the channel/build, platform and click GET POLICY FILES.

download Microsoft Edge ADMX Templates
download Microsoft Edge ADMX Templates

Click Accept and Download.

download Microsoft Edge ADMX Templates
download Microsoft Edge ADMX Templates

What you get is MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates.cab file. If you extract the cab file, you get MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates.zip file. Extracting the .zip file, you get the templates.

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

You might see destination folder access denied box. Select Do this for all current items and click Continue.

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

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

Create a GPO

Open Group Policy Management console. Right click your domain and click 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” and click Edit.

Create GPO to deploy Microsoft Edge ADMX Templates

In the group policy management editor, navigate to Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates. You have more policies to customize your Microsoft Edge.

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Edge – Default Settings (users can override) and Microsoft Edge Update.

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

Youssef Saad

Hi, I am Youssef Saad from Morocco. I’m currently working on Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager and focused on it for more than 3 years. I have also worked in a multiple Microsoft products like MDT, Intune, MBAM. I do my best to publish the maximum of posts and help the communities in a different forums.

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6 Comments

    1. I would also like to know this. I came here after downloading and installing the ADMX/L files on my DC, matched versions etc, but none of my GPOs actually work, yet Edge states it is “managed by my organization.” My biggest quandary is applying favorites, where in IE our organization has several sites, the ADMX settings have a similar input as the original Edge (an .htm file exported) GPO options, but asks for a list in its example, far beyond what can be input in the field. Best I can figure is despite the Edge ver match, there must be a Chromium difference somewhere. On top of that, homepage, new tab page, startup experience etc don’t work.

  1. I have followed your instructions, but I do not see the 3 entries for Edge under Administrative Templates. Should these show up right away?

    1. After some research I found the issue. Probably was me not being as knowledgeable as I should be about GPO’s and adding in new definitions.

      If you are running a Domain and want to add to your Domain GPO list place the files in the appropriate directories located at this location;

      \\{domain}\sysvol\{domain}\Policies\PolicyDefinitions

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