Mozilla CEO Chris Beard is rightfully pissed with Microsoft. Windows 10 comes with Microsoft Edge as the default browser - even if we kept our previous settings and apps, including browsers - and it is much harder to change default browser. Let's see how to do so.
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Install the browser of your choice
If we did a clean Windows 10 installation, or just didn't keep our previous applications at the upgrade, our system is browserless. Well, apart from Edge and Internet Explorer, which still tags along, even though its suggests that we try Edge.
Microsoft apparently included IE for compatibility reasons, for apps that might be looking for it.
In any case, the first step is to download and install the browser of our choice, be it Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or any other.
For the example, we use Google Chrome, which is the most popular.
Change default browser
The second time we open Chrome, it will ask us to make it the default browser.
In Windows 7, clicking that button was enough to change default browser. In Windows 8 and 8.1, it would open a windows to select a different browser, but it still was simple.
Now, clicking on this button will take us to this screen...
...where we have to scroll all the way down...
...click on Microsoft Edge and then select Google Chrome.
Change other default applications
The problem isn't just to change default browser, but to set any application as a default.
For other applications that don't have the Chrome "Set as default" button, we need to look manually for this page of settings, by searching for "default app settings"...
and then change e.g. VLC as the default app to play "Movies & TV".
Did you have trouble to change a default application?
If you couldn't change default browser or any other type of application, leave us a comment.
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