How to get the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge in Windows 7, 8 and 10 (Plus Mac, iOS and Android)

Hello everyone! I know, it’s been a while. And yes I am glad as you are to see that the site is still going strong. After a lot of thoughts and unsuccessful attempts, I have finally mustered up the time and effort to actually make a post. As the saying goes,it’s always the hardest to get started, but once the ball starts rolling, everything else falls in place. I have a few things in mind now that I am back, so let’s see where and how we can take things forward. In the meantime, do let me know what you would like to see on this site as well. You can reach out to me through this page with your suggestions, feedback, ideas and requests.

So today I wanted to share something very simple, but kind of made not-so-straightforward by Microsoft. So here goes if you were wondering how to update your existing Microsoft Edge browser to the all-new Chromium-based Edge that Microsoft released to the public a few weeks ago. This will apply to anyone who is running a Windows based OS whether its 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Also you will find ways to get the browser for your Mac, plus iOS and Android mobile devices.

If you’re on Windows 10, this is fairly easy. Open the existing Edge browser, go to Settings > About and click on update. Download the file and save it. Run the installer, wait for some time and there it is. Your browser is updated.

Moving on t…. err, no? Why? What happened? You can’t find the update option? Hmm, what did I tell you about the not-so-straightforward method? Yep, Microsoft for whatever reason hasn’t included the native Update Browser option anywhere in the Edge browser. So how to get the new browser then? Read on.

Launch the Edge browser and open a new tab. Assuming you still have the default search service still set to Bing, simply type ‘update edge’. You will immediately see a prompt from Microsoft to head straight to the download page for the new Edge browser. Great.

Follow the ‘Download Now’ link to the download page. If you didn’t get the prompt, don’t worry, this is the direct link -> https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/?form=MY01BV&OCID=MY01BV

Now that you’re here, you will see the download prompt set to Windows 10. If you’re a Windows 10 user, simply click on the button, agree the T&C and download the little update file of approximately 1.8 MB.

What if you wanted the installer for Windows 7, 8, Mac or 8.1 instead? No problem. Click on the drop-down arrow next the download button and choose the OS to download the file.

If you’re looking for the mobile app version, the easiest way is to go to the App Store or Play Store depending on whether you’re from iOS or Android, search for Edge browser and simply install it from there. But if for some reason you followed my lead and reached this download page, choose iOS/Android from the drop-down list and you’ll be redirected to the respective Store page.

Coming back to the Windows desktop OS, let’s install the update. Make sure you closed the Edge window before you start the installation. I would say the upgrade is the easiest part of the whole thing because apart from double-clicking the installer, you don’t have to do anything else. You will see the below screen where the installer downloads additional files required and proceeds with the installation. In a few seconds, you will notice the old Edge icon has disappeared from the taskbar and in its place you find the all-new Edge icon.

If your Microsoft account was already signed in on the old Edge, you will notice that the profile is retained and carried over automatically to the new browser. Go through the welcome screen and features tour to complete the installation.

You’re now all set to use the new Microsoft Edge browser based on Chromium.

Find more information on what’s under the hood here – https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/whats-new

Until next time! Stay safe everyone.

How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Right Now

Windows 10 is here! The much awaited final public version of official Windows 10 Operating System from Microsoft has been released, and Windows 10 is now available in 190 countries starting today. And it’s free. Yes free. Like everyone else, I was also pretty excited to get my hands on the final version of Windows 10 after using the Windows 10 Insider Preview version for some time now.  But, Microsoft decided to play a safe game by announcing an Android-esque OTA update in waves, meaning not everyone will get Windows 10 on the first day itself. Even though it’s a Free* Upgrade for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users, we have been asked to be patient and wait for our turns in the waiting line like good kids lining up to get their cup of ice-cream until Microsoft lets you know that your machine is ready for the ride to latest version that is Windows 10.

Well, not everyone complies. Like me. The first thing I checked after reaching home from office was to check whether my number has been called and that my Windows 8.1 Pro laptop is ready for the upgrade. It was a No. Wait for the notification – No! I summoned Google and did my research. Well, I didn’t have to dig deep enough to find the answer. Microsoft has made the manual trigger option available in its own website. I followed suit, and tada! Windows 10 is up and running.

Here’s how.

1. Go to this link – http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10

Windows 10 Dowload

2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and download the Media Creation Tool relevant to your x86/x64 OS.

3. Run the application as Administrator and you will get two options – either Upgrade this machine now (yes!!!) or proceed to download the image file to be used through USB Installation or CD/DVD (ISO).

4. If you wish to have a clean install of Windows 10 or just want to get a copy of the image to install later, simply follow the on-screen instructions, choose your OS Version and language, and start the file download.

4. If you choose to Upgrade now, the tool will analyse your computer and starts the download process for the required files. Once downloaded, it will automatically verify the files and initiate the reboot of the machine. So ensure no data-critical applications are running in the background.

Downloading Windows 10

5. The upgrade will ensure all your data is safe during the installation so that you’ll get all your files exactly how and where they were before the upgrade.

Upgrading to Windows 10

6. That’s it. Wait for the installation to complete which will go through a series of reboots, and presents you with your profile setup.

Hope this helped. Let me know how this worked out for you in the comments below.

 

*The free upgrade offer applies to Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Mobile for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year after launch. More information about the free upgrade offer can be found at Windows.com