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How to Open a New Application Guard Window in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

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Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that is available across the Windows 10 device family. It is designed for Windows 10 to be faster, safer, and compatible with the modern Web.

Announced last September 27th 2016 in the Microsoft Edge Blog, Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge is now available in Windows Insider Previews for Windows 10 Enterprise edition users in the Fast ring.

Starting with Windows 10 Enterprise build 16188, Microsoft has made it easy to test drive Microsoft Edge with Application Guard.

Microsoft Edge running in Application Guard provides enterprises the maximum level of protection from malware and zero day attacks against Windows. Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge is a lightweight virtual machine that helps isolate potentially malicious website activity from reaching your operating systems, apps, and data.

There is no persistence of any cookies or local storage when an Application Guard window is closed in Microsoft Edge.

Three core features of Windows Defender Application Guard:
  • Isolated Browsing - Windows Defender Application Guard uses the latest virtualization technology to help protect your operating system by creating an isolated environment for your Microsoft Edge session.
  • Help Safeguard your PC - Windows Defender Application Guard starts up every time you visit a non-work-related site to help keep potentially malicious attacks away from your PC.
  • Malware Removal - Any websites you visit, files you download, or settings you change while in this isolated environment are deleted when you sign out of Windows, wiping out any potential malware.

Starting with Windows 10 Enterprise build 16232, Microsoft added support for Microsoft Edge data persistence while using Application Guard. Once enabled, data such as your favorites, cookies, and saved passwords will be persisted across Application Guard sessions. The persisted data will be not be shared or surfaced on the host, but it will be available for future Microsoft Edge in Application Guard sessions.

This tutorial will show you how to open a new Windows Defender Application Guard window in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10 Enterprise.

Note   Note
Windows Defender Application Guard will need to be turned on for users on the PC to be able to open a new Application Guard window in Microsoft Edge.

How to Turn On or Off Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10


Feedback Hub link: Launch Windows Feedback for Microsoft Edge\Application Guard

In Windows 10 build 16193, Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) will fail to work on touch PC’s, showing a solid black window on launch. Non-touch enabled devices should not experience the issue. A temporary workaround if you would like to use WDAG is to go to Device Manager, expand Human Interface Devices and disable the “HID-compliant touch screen” and “Intel Precise Touch Device” if they are present. After a reboot try WDAG again. Re-enable these devices to restore touch.


VIDEO: Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge


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Here's How:

1. Open Microsoft Edge.

2. Click/tap on the Settings and more (3 dots) menu button, and click/tap on New Application Guard window. (see screenshot below)

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3. A new Microsoft Edge Application Guard window will open. You’re ready to enter any website address in the address bar to visit and that session will be isolated in Application Guard. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn