Mozilla has set up the default Windows 11 setup process that allows users to make Firefox the default browser with one click.
In the past, when a Windows application wanted to become the default program, it would make the change by modifying the registry.
After some programs started violating the default program settings without permission, Microsoft added restrictions to Windows 10 by requiring users to select their default programs.
Starting with Windows 10, when an application wanted to become the default program, it was necessary to launch the default application settings screen and ask the user to select the application they would like to use, as shown below.
If a program violates registry entries without using this interface, Windows 10 will reset the settings to the default Windows settings and issue a warning.
For the most part, this method works very well in Windows 10 as it prevents programs from violating the settings and puts the user in control of their default programs.
Windows 11 turns default programs into chaos
Unfortunately, that all changed with Windows 11 as Microsoft introduced a new and confusing interface for the default application settings that now requires you to manually change the default program for each protocol and file type.
For example, if you want to change your default browser, it is not as simple as clicking on the "Web browser" setting and selecting the browser of your choice.
Instead, you should now look for each file extension (.html and .htm) and protocol (HTTP or HTTPS) and associate them manually with the program you want to use, as shown below.
Instead of letting users go through a series of annoying Windows 11 settings, Mozilla has set the default configuration process to Windows 11 which allows users to make Firefox the default browser with one click.
As first reported by The Verge, starting with Firefox 91, when a user clicks the "Make Default" button, the browser will automatically become the default browser without opening the Windows 10 or "Settings screen" Default apps »of Windows 11, as shown below.
With this new change, Mozilla Firefox still lets users control their default browser, but allows them if they choose to switch to Firefox to do so much more easily.
Because Mozilla Firefox is open source, other browser developers can analyze the changes and apply them to their browsers.
Source of information: bleepingcomputer.com