Microsoft Pushes Edge to Windows 7 and 8.1

Posted on June 19, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Edge, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 with 20 Comments

Windows 10 users aren’t the only ones getting Microsoft Edge from Windows Update: Now it’s heading out to those running Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1 as well.

“This update will be downloaded and installed automatically from Windows Update,” Microsoft’s KB4567409 description notes. “Windows 7 support ended on January 14, 2020. Although Microsoft Edge helps keep your device helps secure on the web, your device may still be vulnerable to security risks. We recommend that you move to a supported operating system.”

Once installed, you’ll find a new Microsoft Edge icon pinned to your taskbar, but Edge will not replace Internet Explorer. (On Windows 10, the new Edge replaces legacy Edge.) It also won’t change your default browser, so if you want to switch to Edge—and you do—you’ll need to make that change manually.

This update won’t be delivered to PCs that are running Windows Enterprise or are managed by Active Directory or Azure Active Directory, Microsoft notes.

And while Windows 8.1 doesn’t require any prerequisites to get this install, those on Windows 7 SP1 will also need two previous updates, KB4474419 and KB4490628. The former is a Secure Hash Algorithm 2 (SHA-2) related to code signing and KB4490628 is a servicing stack update (SSU).

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Comments (20)

20 responses to “Microsoft Pushes Edge to Windows 7 and 8.1”

  1. hrlngrv

    So if one doesn't want Edge on Windows 8.1, there's no way to prevent its install?

  2. wp7mango

    In reply to red77star:

    A chromium-based browser without all the Google crap... that's exactly what makes this new browser special.

    • ghostrider

      In reply to WP7Mango:

      Yep, a Chromium based browser with all the Microsoft crap instead. That's exactly what makes this browser the same.

      • Paul Thurrott

        That is grossly incorrect. It's not the same at all. Whether the Microsoft account integration and a handful of unique features is "crap" is, whatever. But this browser removes all the Google tracking stuff, and that's only one reason it's much better.
  3. plm

    Will Edge install on Windows 8.1 RT?

  4. Winner

    So they're pushing Edge to an out of support OS, because they want you to use Edge. But they won't fix bugs in that same OS, because they want to push you to their new OS with it's advertising ID and monetization potentials.

  5. brianlee

    Has anyone on S mode received Chromium Edge via Windows Update yet?

  6. martinr36

    It turned up on my windows 10 machine, so that's yet more bloatware, I'll stick with Waterfox current as my default browser.

    I've also got chrome but that's just used for casting to the telly, things like zwift or Amazon Prime videos

  7. dftf

    In reply to red77star:

    The new Edge is essentially just Google Chrome, but with the Google services stripped-out and Microsoft ones added-in. So it's no-more special than Google Chrome, but is a good alternative for people who don't like Google.

    Plus, Enterprise customers will like not having to install Google Chrome for users -- if you do any work for government, military and so-on the less third-party software you use the easier security-clearance is.

  8. dftf

    On Windows 7 clients, will Edge only be delivered to SKUs still supported (Pro, Enterprise, Education) using the ESU, or is this all SKUs (Starter, Home and Ultimate)? Does it also come via Windows Update, or only if the user upgraded to Microsoft Update?

    Also, the LTSC releases of Windows 10 (the ones that follow the old-style 10 years of support) don't come with the old Edge, but presumably this new Edge can be installed on them. If so, does Microsoft support the new Edge when running on LTSC Win10?

    • bradavon

      In reply to dftf:

      I'm sure it's all Windows 7 versions, why wouldn't it be? Windows 7 Pro, Enterprise and Education are just as unsupported outside of ESU. It's being pushed to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 as they want you to use it.

      Windows 10 LTSC didn't have old Edge as it didn't have UWP support but whilst I doubt MS will push new Edge to Windows 10 LTSC I don't see why you couldn't install.

      Good question whether it's supported though. I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't. LTSC is explicitly intended for areas like Emergency Rooms. It's not supposed to be used by most of everybody.

    • Paul Thurrott

      No idea on WU vs. MU. Windows 7 is unsupported for individuals, so this is just kind of a curiosity, really.
      • dftf

        In reply to paul-thurrott:

        Update: on Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 using Windows Update (not the Microsoft Update one you can update to in the settings), yes, you do get the new Edge pushed out:

  9. sephdk

    Any idea on when the Windows Server version of new Edge is coming? It's still in the Insider Channel.

  10. GCalais

    Well, they will definitely get their easy usage share % boost for Edge with this. Which is good because this browser certainly deserves it.

    • Paul Thurrott

      I don't see this moving the needle at all. Windows 7 is unsupported and no one is using Windows 8.1. And most corporations that are paying for extended Windows 7 support no doubt moved on to better browsers many years ago.
      • justme

        In reply to paul-thurrott:

        Because I cant resist - I'm a nobody :) (Full disclosure - I have a mixture of regularly used machines in the house with W10, 8.1, and Linux) Also, using the new Edge now. I think the new icon looks more like a C than an E.