Can’t set the default browser in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Contrary to what I said before, I have finally managed Windows 10 to bug me. Though this is not the most annoying thing, it does get on my nerves sometimes. What I am talking about is the bug which won’t let me select the default browser after the anniversary update. What’s happening is that in the Settings app, whenever I select the browser of my choice, it doesn’t honor my selection. So, I am stuck with using the dreaded IE or the Edge browser for opening links by default on my PC. Quite honestly, it’s not something that occurs often, so it’s not a big deal, but nevertheless, it is not what I want on my PC so I’ll fix it.

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So, I am stuck with using the dreaded IE or the Edge browser for opening links by default on my PC. Quite honestly, it’s not something that occurs often, so it’s not a big deal, but nevertheless, it is not what I want on my PC so I’ll fix it.

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As you can see in the above gif, the Web browser field isn’t saving our setting for any browser which in turn makes IE as the default choice for Windows.

Set the default browser in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

After tinkering a bit, there are two fixes that I have found for this. The first one is to switch my MS account to someone else’s, and the second one is by using the classic Control Panel to set the Default programs.

Set Default Programs in Control Panel

Since the new Settings app isn’t saving your default browser, you will need to use the Control Panel to set the default apps.

  • Press Windows key and type “control panel” and open the control panel.
  • Here click on the “View by” field on the top right and select Large icons.
  • Go to Default Programs > Set your default programs.

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  • In the Left window, select the browser of your choice (Google Chrome) and click on Set this program as default.

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If for some reason, this doesn’t work for you, though it should, you can try changing your MS account associated with your PC.

Switch MS account to set the default browser (not recommended)

It might be the case, that the MS account associated with your PC doesn’t have the permissions to set up the default apps for the OS. In this case, you will have to switch accounts with someone else’s or even an offline one will do.

Note: performing the above step will result in the removal of your settings and personalization from your PC. Proceed with caution.

  • Press the Win key to open the Start menu and type “Settings” (without quotes). Open the settings app from there.
  • Head over to Accounts > Email & app accounts and click on the email address of your account.

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  • Click on the Manage button to open the Account settings.

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  • On this screen, click on Delete Account.
  • After your account is deleted, restart your PC and then again head over to the Settings > Accounts > Email & app accounts.  Click on Add an account.
  • In the “Add an account” window, click on the account type you want to enter and proceed with the steps shown.
  •  Once the account has been changed, you can head over to the Settings > System > Default apps. In the Web browser field, select the Google Chrome (or any browser of your choice).

That’s it. Now you can change the default browser in Windows 10 anniversary update. This method is also useful for setting up defaults for all other apps in Windows too.