[German]Microsoft’s latest Edge update is causing trouble for users because a bug has crept in. Users can no longer set a start page that Edge automatically loads on startup. The browser simply ignores all settings in the Edge 91.0.864.37 version. Addenum: It seems to be a nasty feature.
As of May 27, 2021, Microsoft has released Chromium Edge 91.0.864.37. The update fixes various vulnerabilities that have already been fixed in Google Chrome. I had pointed out this update in the blog post Edge 91.0.864.37. Various websites reported faster browser startup and sleeping tabs (see here).
In version 91, the Chromium browser is supposed to be based on a new core process running permanently in the background, which runs under Windows even when the browser is closed. Microsoft emphasized during the presentation that the new background process, the so-called “Startup Boost”, does not block or usurp any relevant resources and is only intended to make the web browser start much faster in the future.
“Specific Page” settings are ignored
I don’t know about others, but after updating to the above mentioned version, the setting “On startup” -> “Open specific page” is completely ignored, an empty tab is opened at browser startup despite this marked setting. This is of course very annoying to manually open the desired start page every time. Does the Microsoft update horror of Windows 10 now also start with the Edge browser?
This behavior was confirmed by other users in the blog. Users who complain about this behavior also report in the German Computerbase article about Edge 91:
Do you constantly open a new extra tab? Annoying with every external link when the Edge opens an additional tab.
And another user writes in a follow-up comment:
I’ve only had this since the update. I deactivated all extensions to see if this is the reason, but it is not.
I don’t have this in the portable version, only in the installed one. Very strange.
Edit: So times settings reset and fits again everything so far.
Unfortunately it didn’t help. Again an extra tab when opening.
Also the English version has the same behavior is noted at Thurrot in this post:
Edge 91 Won’t Load My “Specific Page” at Startup
I have always had Edge set to load a specific page on startup, rather than the “new tab” page, but with Edge 91, it always starts up to the “new tab” page, regardless of the “on startup” – “specific page” setting. Tried suspending any extensions, with the same result.
Tested with a clean profile, and the specified page DID load at startup, along with a “new tab”.
Then tested with the “continue where you left off” setting, which also appeared to work on my original profile, with an added “new tab”.
Anyone else seeing this?
That’s odd, each update breaks something, so let’s say: Edge = TaaS (Trouble as a service). Not a workplace environment, I asked for. BTW: I still work with Windows 7 SP1 and 2nd year ESU support. I’ve had installed Edge for a short time to test the browser, but uninstalled that thing. Until now I still receive Edge updates via Windows Update. So it seems, Microsoft also didn’t manage to cleanly remove Edge from a Windows system.
Workaround, to bypass a feature
Addendum: I haven’t tested it yet, but feedback from readers is, that group policy still works to set the default start page for some users. See also this article about how to set a start page.
And I reveived this comment within my German blog, which is pointing to a special circumstance:
I have the same problem. Two different computers are affected. I have noticed that when I set Bing as the search engine, my home page is called up as before. With other search engines not.
But some users sayed, that it doesn’t work. But there is another thing you can try: Reset Edge to default settings. Does this fix the issue? I guess, it’s a bug or something else that’s conflicting.
So, in best case: It’s not a bug, it’s a (nasty) feature. Will we see soon the next case of competition authorities against Microsoft?
Addenum: The issues has been fixed, see the last link within the article list below.
Edge 91.0.864.37: “Specific Page” won’t load at startup
Windows 10: Edge browser bugs and annoying popups
Insides on fixes to Edge 91 home page bug and annoyance popup
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