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  1.    01 May 2018 #20

    Nevermind, Microsoft Edge has reappeared in task manager as a background app despite the policy. Guess I'll try the other options and see how it goes.

    Edit: Okay, after a bit of fiddling I've discovered a few things.

    1: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\BackgroundAccessApplications GlobalUserDisabled deletes itself after a restart. I'm guessing that this was the flag that affected background apps before 1803 and this is why it keeps resetting after every restart. Seems to be pretty useless now.

    2: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search BackgroundAppGlobalToggle seems to be the one that controls the background apps switch in the 1803 Settings. However, when used by itself without the policy edit, it turns itself back on after restart regardless.

    3: With both the policy edit and the second registry edit, BackgroundAppGlobalToggle stays off even after restart. However, since Edge appeared as a background app for me even when I had the policy edit, I don't know if I need both active to stop this background app nonsense. Can't really do anything at this moment except wait and see.

    4: The policy edit appears to remove some Cortana settings in Settings. Nothing that I really care about though.

    I could have done a few more tests so take all this with a grain of salt... but frankly I'm tired of this nonsense so I'm just gonna try having both the policy and the second registry edit and see if that works out. If not, I guess there's nothing I can do except hope and wait for a fix.

    Edit 2: Nope, that doesn't work either. Has anyone actually managed to stop Edge from running in the background automatically? Apparently this is only an issue with W10 Pro 1803.
    Last edited by trashbag; 02 May 2018 at 02:17.
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       02 May 2018 #21

    I don't have Microsoft Edge running in the background.

    If you like, post a screenshot showing it in Task Manager to see if it may help shed anymore light on it.
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  3.    02 May 2018 #22

    I can't grab a screenshot at the moment but Edge appears as a Background Process in Task Manager every time I leave my computer idle for a while. It's the same as when you (intentionally) allow Edge as a background app, which is what I don't want. Are you on 17134.1 with Pro? It's apparently only a problem in that version.
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       02 May 2018 #23

    I'm on build 17655 (Skip Ahead) running the "Windows 10 Pro for Workstations" edition.
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  5.    02 May 2018 #24

    Well, at least that means this issue gets fixed in a later version. Guess there's no more point in fussing over this for now.
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  6.    07 May 2018 #25

    I can confirm this is a thing on 17134.5 Pro.

    I use Firefox and very occasionally Edge, and usually it stays alive even when closed. It even seems to be there after startup!
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       07 May 2018 #26

    lafargeotte said: View Post
    I use Firefox and very occasionally Edge, and usually it stays alive even when closed. It even seems to be there after startup!
    It might be related to Timeline feature.

    Also check, if you have this enabled.
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  8.    07 May 2018 #27

    Thanks, that was on.

    Turned it off, will report back with results.
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  9.    07 May 2018 #28

    lafargeotte said: View Post
    Turned it off, will report back with results.
    Please test after rebooting also. I find reboot resets whatever changes are made.

    At the least I can not make it stick on 1803.
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  10.    07 May 2018 #29

    After reboot, the setting remains unchanged.

    Fired up Edge, used for a couple of minutes then closed it. Remained shown in Task Manager for about a minute, then disappeared. So, hopefully that was the fix (for now).
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