How to force Windows 11 to use the default browser

When Windows 10 was first released, Microsoft forced users to use Edge for everything. Users could change the default browser, but web requests from other apps or from the OS were redirected to Edge. To get around this, users used the Edge Deflector app, but it doesn’t work on Windows 11 and Microsoft is forcing users to use Chromium Edge.

Windows 11 default browser

Chromium Edge is the default browser for Windows 11 and you can change it to any other browser of your choice in the Settings app. The only problem is that while you can change the default browser in Windows 11, the OS will still send some requests to Edge. Notably, search from the Start Menu or Windows Search will go to Edge rather than your default browser. There is a script to fix this.

Force Windows 11 to use the default browser

Before you can force Windows 11 to use the default browser, you must install it .

  1. Open the Settings app with the keyboard shortcut Win + I.
  2. Go to Applications.
  3. Select Default Apps.
  4. Select Default Browser and select your preferred browser.

Now that you’ve set your default browser, you can force Windows 11 to use it for everything.

  1. Visit the ChrEdgeFkOff.cmd Github page .
  2. Copy the script to your clipboard.
  3. Open PowerShell as an administrator.
  4. Paste it into PowerShell and press Enter.
  5. When a new window opens, press any key on your keyboard to close it.
  6. Now web searches will be redirected to your default browser.

If you feel like you want to revert a change or it is causing problems on your system, you can delete the script. All you have to do is run the script again. Copy it from Github, paste it into PowerShell and press Enter. A new window that opens will indicate that the script is being removed and you’re done.

Conclusion

It’s amazing that Microsoft has decided to do this with its users again. Chromium Edge is better than the version of Edge that Microsoft developed earlier, but it didn’t get a lot of users on Windows 10. It’s not a good idea to impose it on users on Windows 11. Users are looking for ways to get around this and these have been developed. It is only a matter of time until Edge Deflector catches up, or a similar, more user-friendly application is developed for this. Microsoft might try to block them, as it did with Edge Deflector, but Edge Deflector eventually came out on top and Microsoft ditched Windows 10.

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