With Windows 10 S, you won’t be able to change the default web browser and search engine

jayar.decenella@gmail.com' By: Jay Decenella
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Windows 10 S is a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro that streamlines the security and performance for users. The new operating system helps keep you safe by allowing apps only from the Windows Store and ensuring that you browse safely with Microsoft Edge. With these features, Windows 10 S aims to ensure secure performance all the time.

The browser also uses Microsoft Edge as the default web browser. Unlike the original version of Windows 10, however, you cannot change the default browser on Windows 10 S. That does not mean that you cannot download and use other browsers on the operating system, though — they just need to come from the Windows Store only.

Additionally, the default search engine on Windows 10 S is Bing, something that cannot be changed either. The search engine will remain the default search provider on both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, though in select countries only. Other territories, however, will designate regional search engines for Windows 10 S. Here is Microsoft’s statement on its FAQ page for Windows 10 S:

Microsoft Edge is the default web browser on Microsoft 10 S. You are able to download another browser that might be available from the Windows Store, but Microsoft Edge will remain the default if, for example, you open an .htm file. Additionally, the default search provider in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer cannot be changed.

Windows 10 S takes into account feedback from students and teachers, which is why Microsofts boasts of including features geared toward the education sector. Windows users looking for a better experience when it comes to consistent performance and security might find the OS useful. Windows 10 S is ideal for people who want peace of mind by avoiding the risk of downloading apps from unsafe sources. The OS does that by limiting apps to those in the Windows Store.

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