Microsoft has introduced some changes to the way Windows handles the default applications.So, if you want Windows 10 uses VLC as your default media player, and Firefox is your default Web browser, what should you do?While it is easy to click a button, the process is not as trivial as it looks.
Also, if you update your Windows 7 device or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, and you want to keep your existing applications by default, make sure not to accept the use of the Microsoft default settings.Indeed, this action will automatically default to replace your current applications, and Microsoft Edge set as your default Web browser, and the suite Microsoft Photo, Microsoft and Microsoft Music Movies and TV shows will replace all the applications you have defined by the past on your old copy of Windows.But if you do not apply the quick configuration, you can deselect them, and keep intact your preferences and affinities.
The CEO of Mozilla, Chris Beard, has even complained that Edge arrives the fact as the default Web browser, and does not also taking into account the preference of the user on the previous operating system.He said that it was anti-competitive.He wrote an open letter to Microsoft about this problem, and the company also notes that it takes several steps to change your default Web browser after Windows 10 is installed.
It is true that applications like Firefox that ask you if you want to set your default settings the first time you launch the will now guide you through some additional steps before the change takes effect.But know that if you want the process to be faster, you will be able to change your default settings rather quickly.
Just type “Default Application” in the Windows search bar and choose the option: “Default Application Settings.”From there, you will see a list of default values for:
- Music player
- Photo Viewer
- Video player
- Web Browser
At the bottom of this screen, you will also see options to “select the default applications by file type” or “per protocol.”These provide more detailed menus that allow you to associate files with.mp3 a specific application, and files .mp4with another, for example.Or, you can configure your application to FTP links that open the default FTP or FTPS protocol.Finally, there are the “Set default values by applying” which gives you, even more, control over the applications that can open files.
Mozilla is perhaps why many people will choose the specific settings during the initial setup of Windows 10 and find that the default settings have been changed.But there is still a chance to go back.