Download and Import ADMX Templates for Microsoft Edge

In this blog post, we will learn how to download Microsoft Edge ADMX template files and import them on an Active Directory domain controller. These steps are required to manage Microsoft Edge browser settings from a domain controller.

Edge is the default browser that is pre-installed on a Windows 11 computer. You can easily manage its settings using Intune and GPO. For example, you can set its default Home/Startup/New Tab Page.

Block/Whitelist Edge Extensions using Intune

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Step-by-Step guides

Edge ADMX Template Files

ADMX template files are XML-based files containing OS and application policy settings for managing operating systems and applications like Microsoft Edge. There are three administrative templates available for Microsoft Edge.

  • msedge.admx – To configure Microsoft Edge settings.
  • msedgeupdate.admx – To manage Microsoft Edge updates.
  • msedgewebview2.admx – You can use the settings in this template to configure how Microsoft Edge WebView2 runs in your organization.

You can use the Local Group Policy Editor to configure Edge browser settings on an individual computer or the Group Policy Management Console for Active Directory-joined computers to administer group policies from a central place.

Whichever tool you choose, you must download and Import Edge ADMX templates, Let’s check the steps.

Related: Block/Whitelist Edge Extensions using Intune

Download Microsoft Edge ADMX Template Files

To Download Edge ADMX Templates files, follow the below steps:

  • Click on the link: Edge for Business.
  • Click on Download Windows 64-bit Policy or Download Windows 32-bit Policy, depending upon the Windows OS version installation. This will download the latest version of policy definitions.

If you scroll down on the page, you will find that Microsoft also provides Edge policy files for older versions. Select the specific channel/version, build, and platform, then click Get Policy Files. I recommend the latest one as it contains all up-to-date Edge policy settings for new and old features.

I would download the Windows 64-bit policy files since my organization primarily uses Windows 11 64-bit operating systems. However, you also have the option to download the 32-bit or ARM64 versions of the policy files if needed.

Click on Download Wiindows 64-bit Policy to download Edge Templates for Windows 64-bit
Click on Download Wiindows 64-bit Policy to download Edge Templates for Windows 64-bit
  • Click on Accept and download.
Accept and download screen on Download Microsoft Edge Policy File screen
Click on Accept and download
  • It will download a file named MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates.cab into the Downloads folder. Right-click on it and select Open, then extract the contents, resulting in a zip file named MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates.
Open the MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates files to extract its contains which contains a zip file
Open the MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates files to extract its contains which contains a zip file
  • Extract the contents of MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates.zip file.
MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates zip file extract its contents
Extract the contents of zip file

Import Microsoft Edge ADMX Templates

Now that we’ve downloaded and extracted the Edge ADMX template files, we must import them onto the domain controller. This allows the domain controller to read these ADMX XML files and display them in the GPMC console, enabling us to use them to configure Edge policy settings.

  • Login to a Domain Controller with administrator rights.
  • Go to the location …\MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates\windows\admx and copy below files:
    • msedge.admx
    • msedgeupdate.admx
    • msedgewebview2.admx
Import Microsoft Edge ADMX Templates - Copy msedge, msedgeupdate and msedgewebview2 admx files
Import Microsoft Edge ADMX Templates – Copy msedge, msedgeupdate and msedgewebview2 admx files
  • Paste the ADMX files in %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions folder.

Please note that if you are utilizing the GPO Central Store, it’s recommended to paste the ADMX files into the central policy definition store instead of the local policy definitions store.

Note
Paste msedge, msedgeupdate and msedgewebview2 admx files in PolicyDefinitions folder
Paste msedge, msedgeupdate and msedgewebview2 admx files in PolicyDefinitions folder
  • Copy the .adml files located in the …\MicrosoftEdgePolicyTemplates\windows\admx\en-US folder. These are the language files required along with ADMX files.
    • msedge.adml
    • msedgeupdate.adml
    • msedgewebview2.adml
Copy Microsoft Edge ADML language files
Copy Microsoft Edge ADML language files
  • Paste the .adml files into the folder %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions\en-US folder.
Paste Microsoft Edge ADML language files

Use Edge ADMX Templates using GPO

Now that we’ve successfully downloaded and imported the Edge ADMX templates on a domain controller, you can create a group policy object using the settings in the ADMX template files. Let’s review the steps:

  • Log in to the Domain Controller (On which ADMX/ADML template files are imported).
  • Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type gpmc.msc Press Enter to launch the Group Policy Management Console.
  • Create a New GPO or Edit an existing one.
  • Navigate to either Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates or User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates. You will find Microsoft Edge folders containing the policy settings you can configure and target for the Edge browser.

This concludes the blog post, confirming that the Microsoft Edge Policy files (ADMX Templates) have been successfully imported into the domain controller. You can now review the policy settings within each folder and configure them according to your requirements.

After creating a GPO, don’t forget to link it to an organizational unit.

Screenshot showing Microsoft Edge folders in a GPO Administrative templates folder
Screenshot showing Microsoft Edge folders in a GPO Administrative templates folder

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