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Brave 1.30 supports Microsoft Edge's protocol on Windows to become the true default browser on Windows 10 and 11

Brave 1.30 introduces a new option for devices running Windows 10 or Windows 11, which allows the browser to become the default browser for Microsoft Edge's internal protocol. Searches and internal pages that Microsoft designed using the protocol, microsoft-edge://, will open in Brave if configured correctly.

Windows 10 and Windows 11 users who make a third-party web browser the default system browser, meaning any browser that is not Microsoft Edge, may notice that some requests are still loaded in Edge. Web search results of the Start menu are a prime example; others include help file and support links, or when uninstalled programs spawn a web page.

Third-party programs like Edge Deflector or BrokenURL were developed to bypass the limitation. These programs register as the default protocol handler for the Microsoft Edge protocol and redirect requests to another browser.  Browsers have not used the method up until now to hijack the Edge protocol requests so that they are opened in the browser and not in Edge.

Brave 1.30 changes that. The developers analyzed the Microsoft-Edge protocol and how it is set, and implemented an option in the new version of Brave that gives users the option to make Brave the true default browser on the Windows device.

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The feature is not automated, but setup is quick. All you have to do after upgrading to Brave 1.30 -- check brave://settings/help to see the version -- is to launch a request that uses the protocol. A simple option is to click on a web search result in the Start menu. A "choose your browser" prompt is displayed and Brave is one of the options. Check "always use this app" and pick Brave browser from the short list of options.

Configuration in Settings

brave default browser microsoft edge

Alternatively, you may set Brave in the Settings as well. Use Windows-I to open the Settings application, or go to Start > Settings.

On Windows 10:

  1. Navigate to Apps > Default Apps > Choose default apps by protocol.
  2. Locate "Microsoft-Edge" on the page that opens in the Name column.
  3. Left-click on Microsoft Edge in the second column and pick Brave from the "choose an app" list to make it the default for the protocol.

On Windows 11:

  1. Navigate to Apps > Default Apps > Choose defaults by link type.
  2. Locate "Microsoft-Edge" on the page that opens in the Name column.
  3. Left-click on Microsoft Edge in the second column and pick Brave from the "choose an app" list to make it the default for the protocol.

The change takes effect immediately. Run another web search from Start, and you will notice that results open in Brave and no longer in Microsoft Edge. Note that Bing is still used when searches are made and that it includes several parameters. Brave has a thread open on GitHub, and it may address this in a later build of the browser as well.

Brave 1.30 introduces a handful of other features. Users of the browser may enable the new "Index other search engines" option to automatically add search engines that support the OpenSearch spec to Brave. Linux and Mac admins may disable Tor via a new policy, and Brave's content blocker allows first-party requests in the standard (default) setting now. You can check out all

Closing Words

It is probably only a matter of time before other third-party browsers implement similar functionality. There is no good reason, other than pushing Microsoft Edge, to limit a browser protocol on Windows.

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Brave 1.30 supports Microsoft Edge's protocol on Windows to become the true default browser on Windows 10 and 11
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Brave 1.30 supports Microsoft Edge's protocol on Windows to become the true default browser on Windows 10 and 11
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Brave 1.30 includes a new option to make it the default handler of the Windows 10 and 11 internal Edge protocol, which was reserved to Microsoft Edge previously.
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  1. Dumbledalf said on September 29, 2021 at 7:54 am
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    I have uninstalled Edge and replaced it with a different browser to serve as my secondary browser. I’ve also made it so Windows 11 won’t try and install Edge again in the future.

    1. Mr. MagicsMagicalMagicBox said on September 30, 2021 at 9:21 pm
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      You can’t uninstall Edge. It’s a core part of the Windows OS.

  2. ilev said on September 29, 2021 at 8:13 am
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    Firefox has done it before by reverse engineering Edge protocol.

    1. Iron Heart said on September 29, 2021 at 8:17 am
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      @ilev

      And?

      1. Idiot said on September 30, 2021 at 9:22 pm
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        …and nothing. That was the comment.

    2. matthiew said on September 30, 2021 at 3:58 am
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      Good to see Brave following in the footsteps of Firefox yet again

      1. Iron Heart said on September 30, 2021 at 9:55 am
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        @matthiew

        Who cares if Firefox publishes their findings a few days earlier? It‘s a default application mechanism, not rocket science.

  3. Emil Brausewetter said on September 29, 2021 at 10:01 am
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    Quote:
    “The developers analyzed the Microsoft-Edge protocol and how it is set”

    … or simply analyzed how Mozilla developer did it?
    https://www.ghacks.net/2021/09/13/mozilla-reverse-engineers-microsoft-edges-default-browser-setting-behavior/

    I’m just asking for my friend… I suspect fellow readers know the one.

    1. Klaas Vaak said on September 29, 2021 at 12:39 pm
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      @Emil Brausewetter let me guess: a fellow countryman of yours whom you are running a personal vendetta against on this forum. Bravo for the invaluable contribution to the forum, truly impressive.

      1. Anonymous said on September 29, 2021 at 11:21 pm
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        @Klaas Vaak
        Maybe he WANTS to have people running personal vendettas against him. * [Editor: removed]

    2. Emil Brausewetter said on September 30, 2021 at 8:46 am
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      Vendetta …? A blood feud …? Me? … who always looks on the polite side of life!

      C’mon, if this politeness causes such bloodthirsty anguish among the minstrel singers of the high office of slander, it may not have been planned that way, but it may was quite intentional.

  4. ULBoom said on September 29, 2021 at 1:17 pm
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    Mention a browser and copious comments follow.

    Unless there are settings that prevent Brave from being default (there aren’t), this is clickbait. If users are so uncapable, they want software to read their minds and present their perfect configuration, live with what you get, ain’t gonna happen. Otherwise, just change this stuff.

    Best thing about Credge is it’s easy to remove and block; it has never existed on any of our devices. MS heading off a rerun of IE from the last century? Edge was virtually impossible to remove.

    1. ChromeFan said on September 29, 2021 at 1:26 pm
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      @ ULBoom

      > “Best thing about Credge is it’s easy to remove and block”

      Not sure how you are doing this. If you would be so kind, please share your wisdom.

      1. finoderi said on September 29, 2021 at 3:34 pm
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        Check Edge build number in Apps&Features, then open cmd with admin privileges.
        cd %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Microsoft\Edge\Application\edge-version-number-you-checked\Installer
        setup.exe –uninstall –system-level –force-uninstall

      2. ChromeFan said on September 29, 2021 at 6:53 pm
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        @finoderi

        Thank you.

      3. Anonymous said on September 30, 2021 at 2:14 am
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        You can uninstall Edgium with finoderi’s command, I also do that. But then cumulative updates and such fail to install. So I have to install Edgium, install the update, uninstall Edgium.

  5. Aris said on September 30, 2021 at 6:06 pm
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    Brave Browser doesn’t care that your microphone cannot be used even if you allow the permission in the website. The feature is broken, they know it for years and they don’t do anything about it.
    Try using websites like dictation.io and you will see what I mean.

    1. Bryan said on October 1, 2021 at 2:07 am
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      Are you sure that’s not because some sites such as Duolingo or even Google Slides rely on a proprietary Google API? Edge won’t work either, it must be Google Chrome.

  6. PrivacyFox said on October 1, 2021 at 5:17 pm
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    To watch YouTube on PC, MacOS, or Linux, try FreeTube. I have been using it for some time and recommend it.

    https://freetubeapp.io/

    1. PrivacyFox said on October 1, 2021 at 5:42 pm
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      LOL, I posted this message in the wrong spot, meant to post it on the “Don’t track me Google” story.

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