On my Windows PC, when I try to open a link, it opens in Microsoft Edge – even though I have set my default browser like Google Chrome. So how is this possible? You can set Chrome as the default browser while installing it when you are offered the option to Set Google Chrome as my default browser.
You can also set the browser as the default via the browser’s Setting. But despite setting it as the default browser, my links continued to open in Internet Explorer! Well, I finally fixed the issue.
Cannot set Chrome as the Default Browser in Windows
If you cannot set Chrome as the default browser in Windows 11/10, try the following:
- Control Panel
- Browser Settings
- Windows Settings
- Registry Change
Make sure to create a system restore point in case the PC has issues after changing the registry.
1] Via Control Panel
- Press Windows Key + Q to get the search box. Type default, and you’ll get Default Programs as a result.
- Click on that to get this window.
- Finally, select Google Chrome and click Set this program as default. Click OK.
2] Via Browser settings
Open Chrome browser > Settings. Here press the Make default button.
3] Via Windows Settings
Open Settings > Apps > Default apps > Web browser and choose Google Chrome.
4] Registry fix
But if it still doesn’t help, I have a straightforward solution. I have exported the concerned registry keys from my Windows registry, which has Google Chrome set as the default browser, and have created a registry fix file, which you can download using the below-mentioned link.
All you need to do is create a system restore point first and then open the file with Registry Editor and its contents to your Registry and reboot to see results.
I hope the post was easy to follow and that you were able to set Chrome as the default browser on your Windows PC.
Should I use Chrome or Edge?
Both the browsers work well though Chrome has a bit of a disadvantage regarding memory. Microsoft Edge, on the other hand, uses the same Chromium framework and offers similar features. That said, the best way to understand is to try both the browsers and see what works best for you.
Which browser is safest?
Most of the browsers are safe to use, including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Brave, and others. If you want to add additional security, you can look for browsers that offer strict privacy features. The only to understand is to try them and decide for yourself.