When Windows 10 was first released, Microsoft forced Edge users to use it for everything. Users could change the default browser but web applications from other apps or from the OS were sent to Edge. To get around this, users have used the Edge Deflector app but it does not work on Windows 11 and Microsoft requires users to use Chromium Edge.
Windows 11 default browser
Chromium Edge is the stock browser on Windows 11 and you can switch to any other browser of your choice from the Settings app. The only problem is that while you can change the default browser in Windows 11, the OS will send some applications to Edge. Specifically, scan from the Start menu or scan Windows to Edge and not your default browser. To fix this, there is a script.
Get Windows 11 to use a default browser
Before you can force Windows 11 to use your default browser, you need to install it.
- Open the Settings app with the keyboard shortcut Win + I.
- Go to Apps.
- Select Default Apps.
- Select Default browser and select your preferred browser.
Now that you have installed the default browser, you can get to using Windows 11 for everything.
- Visit the ChrEdgeFkOff.cmd Github Page.
- Copy the script to your video board.
- Open PowerShell with admin rights.
- Upload it to PowerShell and press enter.
- When a new window opens, tap on any key on the keyboard to close it.
- Web searches will now be redirected to your default browser.
If you feel that you want to remove the change, or if it is causing problems on your system, you can remove the script. All you have to do is run the script again. Copy it from Github, paste it into PowerShell, and tap Enter. The new window that opens will show that the script is being removed and you will be good to go.
Surprisingly, Microsoft decided to do this for its users again. Chromium Edge is better than the version of Edge previously developed by Microsoft, it did not get many users on Windows 10. It is not a good idea to force it on users on Windows 11. Consumers are looking for ways to get around and have been improved. It’s only a while before Edge Deflector catches up, or a similar app that’s easier to use for the job. Microsoft may be trying to block them, as it did with Edge Deflector but Edge Deflector eventually came out and Microsoft gave up on Windows 10.
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