Firefox 40 and Windows 10 Default Browser

One of the first things I wanted to check out was how Mozilla had worked around Microsoft disabling the default browser API. I downloaded and installed Firefox 40 Beta on the freshly upgraded Windows 10 machine and upon first run I was asked if I wanted to make Firefox my default browser (Chrome was currently default and then I had switched it to Edge later for testing purposes).

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Firefox detected it was NOT the default browser

Once you click the Use Firefox as my default browser button the Windows 10 Settings > System > Default Apps screen opens which is a lot more friendlier than the Windows 10 default behavior of giving the user this unfriendly message:

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Windows 10 Default Apps Screen

You will need to scroll down a bit to the ‘Web Browser’ section and click the + to set the default app.

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Windows 10 Default Apps: Web Browser


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