Microsoft has made it harder to change the default browser on Windows 11.
Microsoft Edge is the company’s proprietary browser and is set as the default browser in the new Windows 11. It would seem that this is not a problem – you can easily change the setting and use the default Chrome or Firefox. However, in reality, everything is not so simple.
Windows 11 beta testers said Microsoft has made it hard to choose the default browser. In Windows 10, just go to “Settings” → “Applications” → “Default Applications”, select the desired browser and set the setting. In Windows 11, this setting item is in the same place, but the process has become much longer.
If you open the Default Apps section in Windows 11 Settings and select, say, Chrome as the default browser, the user will see a new window. It will list file types and protocols – HTM, HTML, PDF, SHTML, SVG, WEBP, XHTML, HTTP, HTTPS, and so on. And most of these file types will already be bundled with Microsoft Edge by default. You will have to manually go through each line in this list and change the associated browser to the one you want. In addition, every time you change Windows 11 will ask you again if you really want to trade “fast and secure” Edge for something else. You will have to select “Switch Anyway” each time to complete the action.
The developers note that this may be a beta version bug and Microsoft will fix it later. But so far everything looks as if the company is determined to seriously promote its browser by any means.