You might run into these issues while using Firefox on Windows 11

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  • Windows Insiders that use Firefox as their default browser are flagging some problems that ruin the experience on Windows 11.
  • Apparently, the browser constantly freezes when attempting to download files or simply switching between tabs.
  • There is still no clear reason that might trigger such behavior for the popular web browser on the new Windows 11 build.
  • As a possible workaround, users can try creating a new profile and switching to it, as depicted in this article.
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Last week, Microsoft introduced Insiders to the latest build for Windows 11, 22000.100, which brings us one step closer to having a stable version of the OS.

As earlier preview versions, this build also comes with some bugs and issues that users have been quick to report across forums and social media platforms.

And since we are on the topic of bugs, here’s one that caused quite a ruckus among Windows Insiders, and it’s related to one of the most popular browsers out there.

Firefox freezes when attempting to download or switch tabs

Even though it has been almost a week since the Redmond tech company released build 22000.100, Insiders are still hard at work reporting problems they struggle with.

We are aware that certain apps don’t function properly or at all on the new OS, but some of the situations users encounter really have no apparent root cause.

As reported on Reddit, Mozilla’s Firefox browser displays some pretty erratic behavior when you run it on Microsoft’s upcoming operating system.

After reading this post, one might think that this happens because there are too many addons installed on the browser.

However, there are other Firefox users that utilize this browser on Windows 11 and have a similar amount of extensions activated within it but experience no such issues.

How can I fix this issue?

There is no certain workaround for this problem yet, but some of the more tech-savvy users recommend either turning off some of the extensions or trying to run Firefox on a different profile.

If you are in need of assistance in creating a new profile within Mozilla Firefox, we got you covered. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Firefox and tyoe about:profiles in the search bar. This will open the Profile Manager.

2. Click Create a New Profile to start the Wizard.

3. Select a name for your profile and click on Finish.

You should only use the Choose folder option when you wish to choose where to store the profile on your computer.

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If you choose your own folder location for the profile, select a new or empty folder. If you choose a folder that isn’t empty and you later remove the profile and choose the “Delete Files” option, everything inside that folder will be deleted.

However, this is not an official workaround and is not guaranteed to solve this issue. We are all hoping that Microsoft will put an end to it when they release the new Windows 11 preview build.

Was creating and using a new profile useful in solving your Windows 11 Firefox issues? Let us know in the comments section below.

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