Changing Default Browser is not easy on Windows 11

For a variety of reasons, Windows 11 is set to be Microsoft’s most fascinating PC operating system to date. Windows 11 will have the capability of making it difficult for users to change the default web browser from Microsoft Edge to another browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

It will be fascinating to see how this plays out because Microsoft has never done anything like this before. Microsoft’s approach of complicating the process of selecting a default browser is sensible, even though it exudes fear and regressiveness in its appearance.

According to information from the website The Verge, changing the default online browser on Windows 11 is difficult, to the point that most people give up and continue to use Microsoft Edge as their default browser.

Consequently, when you use Microsoft Edge to install a new browser, you will be presented with a prompt to select a new browser for use with Windows 11. The process is simple and intuitive for users who have recently downloaded a new web browser that meets their needs. Users may easily choose a browser and on with their browsing without interruption.

Because of this, unless users select the option to “Always use this app” at the bottom, they are not really changing the default browser. With a single click of the checkbox next to it, you may make your preferred browser the default for the rest of your life. Because most users forget to do so, they never actually establish a default browser for the majority of their activities.

However, failing to establish a default browser at this point makes the process of selecting a default browser later on more difficult to complete. The top of your screen would be constantly beeping with notifications from other browsers, such as Google Chrome, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, and Vivaldi, urging you to make them your preferred browser.

When you click on the notice, you will be sent to the appropriate area of Windows Settings, where you may modify your default applications. This is quite typical, but what happens next is a headache for anyone who wants to use Windows comfortably.

Because Microsoft wants users to choose their preferred browser from a large list of options, customers will now see a big number of options in the Windows Settings menu. Instead of having a single kind of online surfing and choices for the many web browsers installed on your PC, Microsoft’s Windows 11 would prompt users to select default browsers based on the sort of file or link they were attempting to access.

As a result, to make Google Chrome your default browser, you will need to choose Chrome for each file type, including HTM, HTML, PDF, SHTML, SVG, WEBP, XHT, XHTML, FTP, HTTP, and HTTPS, as well as for each file type.

As time-consuming as the procedure appears to be, it is also superfluous. Windows 10 only requires users to change their default browser by selecting the web browser type from the settings menu, even though it encourages you to maintain Microsoft Edge as the default browser until you confirm your new selection before proceeding.

That is understandable, given Microsoft’s desire to encourage users to choose the Edge browser over other options. However, making the process of selecting a default browser more complicated may discourage consumers simply because of the needless steps that must be completed.

There is little doubt that the web browser vendors are dissatisfied with the latest update in Windows. Selena Deckelmann, Firefox’s senior vice president, told The Verge that the company has become increasingly concerned about the trend on Windows computers. Not just Firefox, but also Vivaldi and Opera have criticized the change in Windows 11 as “unfortunate” and “progressively worse” in their respective reviews.

Google Chrome, the most widely used internet browser, is also likely to be adversely affected, which is why the company has spoken out about this new Windows 11 configuration.

Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president at Google and head of Chrome, Chrome OS, and Android, wrote on Twitter: “This from a business that professes to be the most open, with the greatest choice.

I’m hoping that this is simply a developer preview issue and that the final shipping version of Windows 11 meets up to the company’s promises. This is far from being a choice.” The attack on Microsoft is being carried out for very apparent reasons, but Microsoft has yet to reply.

Given that the new feature is only available in the Windows 11 beta version, critics and rivals are still hoping that the final release of Windows 11 will be free of such a time-consuming and discouraging manner of selecting a default browser. Even if this is true, Microsoft has other methods of compelling users to use the Microsoft Edge browser, such as not allowing them to select another browser while viewing news via the taskbar widget.