Microsoft Edge works best with the latest Windows Updates

When installing, seemingly randomly i will get the following in the application event log and msi log for CrEdge

Microsoft Edge works best with the latest Windows Updates. Once you download updates and restart your device, rerun the installer.

This is particularly frustrating as

  • The device has all current Windows updates applied
  • The install works on thousands of other machines – but just has a smattering where it doesn’t with this error
  • The error is in no way actually helpful… it doesn’t specify what updates i am supposedly missing… so doesn’t actually help with troubleshooting in anyway. Not quite as bad as “the task failed successfully” – but not far off.

 

Fortunately, Dr google provided some assistance

Microsoft Edge install issues on some computers from MicrosoftEdge

 

Microsoft Edge works best with the latest Windows Updates Error from edge

 

The answer, for me was setting the following reg key in the task sequence prior to Edge installing

reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\EdgeUpdate /v Allowsxs /t REG_DWORD /d 1

 

The idea of preventing edge installs without providing an actual reason – genuinely bizarre behaviour by MS here.

 

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