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Install Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge using Command Prompt

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This article will show you how to enable or install Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge using Command Prompt in Windows 11/10 computers. Once you have done it, you can open the Edge browser in a separate browsing environment. That will help you protect from untrusted or malicious sites, attackers, harmful downloads, etc.

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An anonymous container is used to open untrusted sites that remain separate from the operating system. Thus, Microsoft Edge Application Guard helps to protect your device as well as device data till the entire browsing session.

Install Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Edge using Command Prompt

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You need to open an elevated Command Prompt window and take the help of a built-in DISM tool to enable Application Guard for Edge browser. Here are the steps:

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt window
  2. Run the command to install Application Guard
  3. Press the Y key
  4. Press Enter key to restart the computer and complete the operation.

Let’s check all these steps in detail.

The very first step is to open an elevated Command Prompt window. For doing this, click on the Windows 11 Search box, type cmd, right-click on Command Prompt option visible in the search results, and click on the Run as administrator option.

Now you need to execute the following command:

Dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:"Windows-Defender-ApplicationGuard"

As soon as you will execute this command, it will start the process to enable Application Guard. It may take a couple of minutes. After that, Command Prompt window will prompt you if you want to restart your computer. Press Y and then use the Enter key.

This will immediately restart your computer and start the installation process for Application Guard. Once your PC is started, the feature will be activated immediately.

Launch Microsoft Edge with Application Guard

New Application Guard window option

Now that the installation process of Application Guard for Edge browser is completed, let’s check the steps to launch the Microsoft Edge browser with this option:

  1. Open the Edge browser
  2. Click on the Settings and more (three horizontal dots icon) option of Edge browser
  3. Click on the New Application Guard window option.

If you want, you can also use Ctrl+Shift+A hotkey for the same. This will launch a separate window for the Edge browser and you will start browsing with Application Guard security in Microsoft Edge. You can add more and more sessions using the same steps.

When you are done with your browsing session, simply close all the Edge browser windows that you opened with Application Guard.

Disable or uninstall Application Guard from Microsoft Edge in Windows 11/10

uninstall Microsoft Defender Application Guard

If you don’t want to use the Application Guard feature for Edge browser anytime, you can do this easily with the following steps:

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt window
  2. Run the command to uninstall Application Guard
  3. Press the Y key
  4. Press Enter key for restarting your PC.

Type cmd in the Search box and click on the Run as administrator option visible in the search result to open the elevated Command Prompt window.

Now execute the following command:

Dism /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:"Windows-Defender-ApplicationGuard"

Wait till the command is processed completely.

When it prompts you if you want to restart the computer, press the Y key, and then hit the enter key. Wait until the PC is restarted. This will complete the operation and remove Microsoft Defender Application Guard from the Microsoft Edge browser.

How do I enable Edge Application Guard?

There are multiple ways to enable Application Guard for Edge browser. You can install it using Windows Features, Command Prompt window, Windows Security, and Windows PowerShell. If you prefer Command Prompt option to install Application Guard for Edge browser, then the steps covered above in this post will definitely help you.

Should I install Microsoft Defender Application Guard?

Well, it depends. Application Guard for Microsoft Edge is very helpful for enterprises to remain safe from emerging or new attacks. On the other hand, for regular users, Microsoft Edge already comes with security features that help you warn about malicious sites, harmful downloads, etc. If you need more than that, then using Edge browser in a separate browsing environment that will cover your entire browsing session in an isolated container is good. And for that, you should install Microsoft Defender Application Guard using Command Prompt (explained above) or in some other way(s). You can also uninstall the same anytime you want.

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Laxman enjoys writing about Windows 10 OS and the free software and services that are available for the Windows ecosystem.

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