How to update Edge manually? (with blocked Windows update)

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  1. Posts : 582
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       #41

    So I found out EdgeUpdate.exe is starting even with disabled Windows Updates. Gonna deny its security rights. Problem is how to update Edge then? I don't want to even launch it. Oh I forgot that site: https://www.catalog.update.microsoft...ch.aspx?q=edge
    I will try this later. Still not sure, if this is a good thing to do. E.g. renaming files can cause errors.
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  2. Posts : 6,660
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       #42

    No need to mess about with permissions. Just add via Powershell.

    Code:
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.exe" /v Debugger /t REG_SZ /d "%windir%\System32\taskkill.exe" /f
    Then MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.exe will never run. To allow it to run just delete the reg key.
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  3. Posts : 582
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       #43

    Callender said:
    No need to mess about with permissions. Just add via Powershell.

    Code:
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.exe" /v Debugger /t REG_SZ /d "%windir%\System32\taskkill.exe" /f
    Then MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.exe will never run. To allow it to run just delete the reg key.
    I was just reading this command, is it safe to do? Won't it cause any errors similar to renaming a file?

    EDIT: ofc. I recalled - I used this do disable TextInputHost.exe and it causes errors in Event Viewer. DCOM 10001 to be specific. Not sure, if this error can be safely ignored, most can.

    I also I should probably check Edge build, before installing update...
    Code:
    Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName
    This doesn't work, it doesn't show build number. Tried random command from internet it didn't work, it is annoying...
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  4. Posts : 6,660
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       #44

    No it just kills the process if it ever runs.

    For a laugh you can test by swapping MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.exe to notepad.exe in the command. Then try launching notepad.

    It won't launch unless you delete the reg key.
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  5. Posts : 582
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       #45

    Callender said:
    No it just kills the process if it ever runs.

    For a laugh you can test by swapping MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.exe to notepad.exe in the command. Then try launching notepad.

    It won't launch unless you delete the reg key.
    Yeah but technically doesn't this mean process ran and then it was killed. You probably missed my edit. I would like to prevent it running in the first place! I used this to prevent TextInputHost.exe from launching and it caused hundreds of DCOM 10001 errors pilling up in Event Viewer.
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  6. Posts : 6,660
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       #46

    empleat said:
    I was just reading this command, is it safe to do? Won't it cause any errors similar to renaming a file?

    EDIT: ofc. I recalled - I used this do disable TextInputHost.exe and it causes errors in Event Viewer. DCOM 10001 to be specific. Not sure, if this error can be safely ignored, most can.

    I also I should probably check Edge build, before installing update...
    Code:
    Get-AppxPackage | Select Name, PackageFullName
    This doesn't work, it doesn't show build number. Tried random command from internet it didn't work, it is annoying...
    Just check the executable.

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  7. Posts : 6,660
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       #47

    It doesn't run. It get's passed to debugger and "swapped" for taskkill which runs in it's place.

    I've been using this technique to block named processes for years.
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  9. Posts : 582
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit 19044.1706
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       #49

    Question remains, if this is safe to do generally. It caused pile of DCOM 10001, when using this to prevent TextInputHost.exe from running.
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  10. Posts : 6,660
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       #50

    Why worry about event viewer if it's logging errors that don't matter?

    FYI: I know nothing about textinputhost.exe or why you'd want to kill it. That one could be a problem i guess as I read it is responsible for several things.

    Test notepad. Pretty simple.

    Using IFEO to pass to debugger just tells windows to launch whatever process is specified in place of the process that tries to run so in the case of MicrosftEdgeUpdate.exe it never actually gets to run.
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