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I have installed Windows Server 2016, and I am using Internet Explorer to download Microsoft Edge from this URL https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge but I got this error You'll need a new app to open this microsoft-edge.

You'll need a new app to open this microsoft-edge Windows Server 2016

How can I download Microsoft Edge using Internet Explorer in Windows Server 2016 without getting "You'll need a new app to open this microsoft-edge"?


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If you're encountering the error message "You'll need a new app to open this microsoft-edge" on Windows, it usually means that the file association for the Microsoft Edge browser has been corrupted or changed. This can happen due to various reasons, including updates, software conflicts, or user error.

Here's how you can fix this issue:

Method 1: Reset Microsoft Edge as Default Browser

Settings Method:

  1. Go to Settings by pressing Windows key + I.
  2. Select "Apps" and then "Default apps" from the left pane.
  3. Scroll down and click on "Web browser".
  4. Select "Microsoft Edge" from the list.

Control Panel Method:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. Type control and press Enter to open Control Panel.
  3. Go to "Programs" > "Default Programs" > "Set your default programs".
  4. Select "Microsoft Edge" from the left panel and click "Set this program as default".

Method 2: Reinstall Microsoft Edge

If resetting the default browser doesn't work, you might need to reinstall Microsoft Edge:

Uninstall Microsoft Edge:

  1. Press Windows key + X and select "Apps and Features".
  2. Find Microsoft Edge in the list, click on it, and select "Uninstall".

Reinstall Microsoft Edge:

  1. Open any other browser like Internet Explorer or Chrome.
  2. Search for "Download Microsoft Edge" and go to the official Microsoft Edge download page.
  3. Download and install the latest version of Microsoft Edge.

Method 3: Using Command Prompt

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator:
  2. Press Windows key, type cmd, then right-click on "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as administrator".

Type the following commands one by one and press Enter after each:

assoc .htm=htmlfile
assoc .html=htmlfile
assoc .shtml=htmlfile
assoc .xht=htmlfile
assoc .xhtml=htmlfile
  1. After running these commands, restart your computer and see if the issue is resolved.

Method 4: Registry Fix

Warning: Editing the registry can be risky. It's recommended to back up your registry or create a system restore point before proceeding.

  1. Open Registry Editor:
  2. Press Windows key + R, type regedit, and hit Enter.
  3. Navigate to the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\command
  4. Make sure the Default Value data should be "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" -- %1. If it's different, right-click on it, choose Modify, and enter the correct path.
  5. Navigate to Another Key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\https\shell\open\command
  6. Check Default Value Similar to the previous step, make sure the Default Value data should be "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" -- %1.
  7. After making these changes, restart your computer and check if the issue is fixed.

Additional Tips:

  1. Ensure Windows is up to date.
  2. Run a full antivirus scan to rule out malware.
  3. Create a new user account to see if the issue is account-specific.

After trying these methods, the error "You'll need a new app to open this microsoft-edge" should hopefully be resolved, and you should be able to open Microsoft Edge without any problems.

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