Microsoft Reverses Windows 11’s Default Browser Changes

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Microsoft recently reversed a design change in Windows 11 that made it very difficult to change the default browser used by the operating system.

Previously, web browsers could set themselves as the default browser by modifying the Windows registry. However, after adware and other malware programs began to hijack the default program settings without permission, Microsoft made restrictions in Windows 10 that required users to select their default programs.

Nevertheless, Microsoft has made it more difficult for Windows 11 users to change their default browser.

Windows 11 users must now search for any file extension (.html and .htm) and the protocol (HTTP or HTTPS) as well as manually link them to the program they want to use.

With the release of Windows 11 Insider build 22509, the tech giant reversed its decision and added a ‘Set default’ button that allows users to quickly configure their default web browser.

Users can now switch to the ‘Default apps’ settings screen and click on the web browser of their choice.

In the default settings of the browser, a new ‘Set Default’ button allows users to set the program as the default browser.

Microsoft said the change was based on customer feedback.

While this is a win for Windows users, the tech giant probably has no plans to stop trying to keep users on Microsoft Edge, rather than a competing browser.

Recently, an update to Microsoft Edge led to the browser prompt in browser warnings that discouraged users from using Google Chrome.

For more information, you may view the original story from Bleeping Computer.

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