Mozilla has made it much easier to convert Firefox to the default browser of the operating system by overcoming Microsoft's restrictions on changing the default browser in Windows 11.
It should be noted that in Windows 11, changing the default browser is much more difficult than in Windows 10, and apparently Microsoft wants to increase the number of users of the Edge browser. In short, in Windows 11, if you click a link for the first time outside the browser, a panel is displayed to choose between installed browsers. But the problem is that if you do not check the Always use this app option, you will not see this panel anymore. This means that even if you open the first link with another browser, Microsoft Edge remains the default browser.
Microsoft has also made it harder to change other default programs. For example, to change the media player and other default programs, you need to do this for individual file formats. Therefore, if you miss the same initial opportunity, you will face a lot of trouble to change the default programs.
Now, according to the Verge site, the whole process is done automatically when Firefox asks the user to select it as the default browser. Mozilla seems to have been able to circumvent this limitation by reverse engineering the way Microsoft used the default Edge browser.
It should be noted that Firefox is currently the only major browser that has implemented this approach. But given the practicality of this solution, other browsers will no doubt do the same. In any case, we hope that Microsoft will accept this mistake as soon as possible and remove the restrictions on changing the default programs.
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