Unable to change default search engine of Edge via GPO RRS feed

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  • Hi Techies,

    I am trying to set google as the default search Engine for Edge Browser and in 1703 release ADMX templates there is a GPO setting to set default search engine using an Opensearch XML file or URL. I enabled the setting and entered URL "". But this is not effecting the browser. I still see Bing as default search engine. 

    Can anyone please tell me where am going wrong.

    Thanks in Advance.

    • Changed type Swetha Burla Wednesday, July 26, 2017 3:56 PM
    Monday, May 8, 2017 9:42 PM

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  • Hi Swetha,

    what is the url you are using for the location of the Google open search file?

    I could not find one on any google search site... you may have to write your own, and place it on a shared drive.

    In regedit go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes

    and locate your current Google Search Provider entry for IE11....

    In the OSDFileURL field I have which is no longer reachable.... What do you have?

    Here is a very old Open Search description file for google india.... you will have to modify it and test it to suite your needs, and then place its location eg... https://company.intranet/googleIn.xml

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> 
    <OpenSearchDescription xmlns="">
        <ShortName>Google India (en)</ShortName>
        <Description>Search with Google India in English</Description>
        <Url type="text/html" template=";q={searchTerms}&amp;btnG=Google+Search&amp;meta=" />



    I did some research to find out where Edge stores the OpenSearchDescription.xml file for the user selected default search provider.


    but could not find it..... I will see if I can find the links to google's OSD from their sites.



    Monday, May 8, 2017 11:46 PM
  • Hi Swetha Burla,

    How did you configure that gpo? Is the machine joined to the domain?

    I tested that gpo on my side. Previously, I tried to configure that gpo and add "" but it didn't work as expected. After a deep analysis, I found that gpo only worked after we joined the machine to a domain. After joining the machine to the domain, I tested that gpo again and it worked as expected this time.

    Best regards

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    Tuesday, May 9, 2017 5:55 AM
  • HI MeipoXu,

    The machine is Domain Joined only. Connected to the network all the time.

    Tuesday, May 9, 2017 7:53 PM
  • Hi Swetha Burla,

    Did you configure "" as the search source?

    Since it worked on my side, I think the issue should be related to your specific environment. Please ensure you have updated to the latest Windows 10.15063.297 version.

    Please open an administrator command line and run "gpresult /h C:\gpresult.html" to check whether the gpo has been applied correctly.
    We may try to restart the machine then check the symptom again.

    Best regards

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    Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:27 AM
  • I am facing same issue. Did you find any solution?
    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 9:08 PM
  • We are using Windows OS 1607 build only so this setting won't work.. To use this policy OS build should be 1703 and 1703 ADMX templates should be installed to central store.. So check the OS build version and templates.

    Thank you all for your replies. 

    • Edited by Swetha Burla Tuesday, July 25, 2017 9:51 PM added more info
    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 9:46 PM
  • Im getting the same issue and running the latest versions of Windows 10 (1703) and the latest GPOs. This is a nightmare as MS and Intel are pushing clients to move to Windows 10 however from a corporate side of things there are still the odd things which are not right. Any updated info on this would be great.
    Tuesday, October 3, 2017 9:36 AM
  • I'm running Windows 10 Enterprise 1703...
    I'm in Canada, hence

    I've set:
    Administration Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Edge\Configure additional search engines to
    "" (without quotes)
    Administration Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Edge\Set Default Search Engine to
    "<>" (without quotes)

    On the workstation...
    Delete the user profile of my test user.
    Log in as my test user (creating new profile)
    Open edge and note that the default search engine is still bing.
    Close edge and run a gpupdate /force.
    Open edge and see that my search engine is now google.

    I'd like to hear if anyone else got this working, whether they are seeing the same delay.

    Friday, October 6, 2017 2:08 AM
  • Hi guys,
    the configuration part shown by berwin22 works, I'm here to ask if any of you ever tried to use the Administration Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Edge\Configure additional search engines for its real usage, I mean specify additional search engines so the user can pick directly one of them instead of visit the search provider web page first in order to see them in the list with the (Discovered) tag beside it.

    I have been trying over and over directly via registry or via gpo without reach hit the target...

    Apparently the Configure Additional Search Engines setting does not work at all following Microsoft guidelines here nor following the syntax guidelines within GPMC
    Any clue?

    • Edited by Matteo S Thursday, August 23, 2018 2:04 PM
    Thursday, August 23, 2018 10:45 AM
  • I have just tried even to use a REG_MULTI_SZ key as container of multiple url but it does not work as well
    • Edited by Matteo S Thursday, August 23, 2018 2:04 PM
    Thursday, August 23, 2018 11:05 AM