Windows 10/11 keeps resetting default browser [Solved]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Milan has been enthusiastic about PCs ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. Before joining WindowsReport, he worked as a front-end web developer. Read more
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Windows 10 comes with some great applications, but many users reported some issues while trying to change the default applications.

Users reported that Windows 10 keeps resetting the default browser. This can be an annoying issue, and in today’s article, we’re going to show you how to fix this problem.

How do I stop Windows 10 from changing my default browser?

1. Try Opera

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Opera is a well-known web browser, and since it’s built on a Chromium engine it’s quite similar to Chrome. The browser also works with Chrome extensions which is a major plus.

The browser offers tracking protection and a built-in ad blocker that should make your browsing experience more enjoyable.

Speaking of the browsing experience, Opera allows you to organize tabs into workspaces, and you can even search for open tabs with ease.

For extra privacy, the browser has a built-in VPN with unlimited bandwidth, so you can rest assured that your online activity is safe from your ISP.

Opera is a great browser, and if you’re having issues with your current browser, we suggest trying out Opera as an alternative.

Other great features:

  • Integrated messenger
  • Twitter and Instagram integration
  • Video pop-out
  • Snapshot tool
  • Available on all major platforms


Having problems with your browser? Switch to Opera and enjoy in error-free and secure browsing experience.

2. Start File Explorer as administrator

  1. Open Task Manager.
  2. Locate Windows Explorer, right-click it and choose End Task.
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  3. Go to File  > Run new task.
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  4. Enter explorer and check Create this task with administrative privileges. Click OK or press Enter.
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  5. No go to Settings app > Apps > Default Apps and try to change the default web browser.
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3. Turn off Internet Explorer

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter features. Select Turn Windows features on or off.
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  2. Now locate Internet Explorer 11 and disable it. Click OK to save changes.
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After doing that, check if the problem is resolved.

If Windows 10 keeps resetting the default browser, be sure to try installing a new one, such as Opera, or try our other solutions.

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