Microsoft today released the first Windows 11 ISO images to enable users to perform a clean install of the operating system. Until now, in order to try out the new OS, it was necessary to download the latest available Windows 10 version, and then upgrade from it to Windows 11.
The release of ISO images of the new OS marked a new milestone in the development of Windows 11. Recall that Microsoft is preparing a public launch of the operating system before the end of this year. However, a number of questions still remain, the main one of which is whether the promised support for Android applications will be added before the release of Windows 11.
Windows 11 preview builds are now available in both the developer channel (the most raw versions) and the beta channel (more stable versions), and are mostly cumulative updates. The focus is now on pre-launch, so Microsoft isn’t adding many new features to assemblies, but mostly improving existing ones. The weekly releases aim to fix bugs and improve the stability of Windows 11.
Users who want to download a Windows 11 image can go to the Insider Downloads page and select the desired ISO image for a clean install of the operating system.
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Microsoft made it harder to change the default browser in Windows 11
It became known that Microsoft has made it more difficult to change the default browser in Windows 11. Moreover, some new components of the operating system simply ignore this setting. Obviously, this is done to promote the proprietary Edge browser; but the developers of other browsers, such as Firefox and Opera, have expressed their concerns about this issue.
As with Windows 10; you can set the default browser in Windows 11 the first time you open a new browser. However, this is now the only way to easily change the default browser. If the “always use this application” option was not checked when you first start the browser; it will not be used by default.
In Windows 11, default applications are selected through the Options tool and the Default Applications section. However, not all so simple. The point is that the user now needs to select an application for each type of file or link. Thus, if the user wants to switch from Edge to Chrome, he will have to manually install it one by one for HTM, HTML, PDF, SHTML, SVG, WEBP, XHT, XHTML, FTP, HTTP and HTTPS. This is significantly more complex compared to changing the default browser in Windows 10.
It is noted that this is not the only problem associated with browsers in Windows 11. The fact is that the widgets that appeared in Windows 11 ignore the default browser settings and open content using Edge. “It looks like widgets in Windows 11 will ignore the default browser settings and instead open the content using Edge. Brave puts users first, and we condemn this approach in Windows 11; because the choice of the default browser is important for users and their privacy, ” – said a spokesman for Brave.