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EdgeDeflector (Install)

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This package was approved as a trusted package on 7/2/2018.


EdgeDeflector is a small helper application that intercepts URIs that force-open web links in Microsoft Edge and redirects it to the system’s default web browser. This allows you to use Windows features like the Cortana assistant and built-in help links with the browser of your choice instead of being forced to use Microsoft Edge.

You’ll never see EdgeDeflector ever again after installing it. It does its thing transparently in the background and only runs when a link needs to be deflected away from Microsoft Edge.

System requirements: Windows 10, your favorite web browser


  • Download the latest version of EdgeDeflector.exe from GitHub releases
  • Copy the downloaded executable to C:\Program Files\ or anywhere else it can be stored permanently
  • Run the program once to configure your system
  • Choose EdgeDeflector and Always use this app in the dialog

You may need to repeat the above steps after installing major feature updates to Windows through Windows Update. You can subscribe to the AppCast feed to be notified of any new releases.

If you dismiss the dialog, or choose the wrong app; you can apply the change in the Windows Settings app: Apps: Default apps: Choose default apps by protocol: microsoft-edge.

If EdgeDeflector isn’t listed in either locations, try running it one more time; or lastly restarting your PC before you try again. (This last option actually helps if the System Registry is locked up or Windows is being suborn.)

You don’t need to specify your browser of choice in EdgeDeflector. It will pick up on the system configured default from Windows Settings app: Apps: Default apps: Web browser.

How to Force Cortana to Use Chrome & Google in Windows 10
Open links force-opened in Microsoft Edge in your default browser


To install EdgeDeflector (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install edgedeflector

To upgrade EdgeDeflector (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade edgedeflector


  • tools\chocolateyinstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName    = 'edgedeflector'
    $installerType  = 'exe'
    $url            = '' 
    $checksum       = '7EA4B60B3AB640472F616EC56CD519BD1006CCD59F6BE81B5D9E5E2C157F584B'
    $silentArgs     = '/S'
    $validExitCodes = @(0)
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName   = $packageName
      fileType      = $installerType
      url           = $url
      validExitCodes= $validExitCodes
      silentArgs    = $silentArgs
      softwareName  = 'EdgeDeflector'
      checksum      = $checksum
      checksumType  = 'sha256' 
    if ((Test-Path "$ENV:SYSTEMROOT\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe") -eq "True")
        Install-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs  
       } else {
        Write-Host "Microsoft Edge not found. EdgeDeflector cannot be installed." -foreground red -background blue
    #Purposely left it so choco thinks the package is instaleld to pass the validator as program only works on Win10 and Server2016. :) 

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Daniel Aleksandersen


Copyright © Daniel Aleksandersen


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
EdgeDeflector (Install) 362 Sunday, September 3, 2017 approved
EdgeDeflector (Install) 277 Friday, May 19, 2017 approved
EdgeDeflector (Install) 235 Saturday, February 18, 2017 approved

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