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the bad news is EdgeDeflector also does not work on Win10 as well

Yes, it also affects Windows 10 now. I wasn’t sure if Microsoft would backport the change to Windows 10 or now when I wrote the article.


Yes this is bad. Now do Google.

"Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated", said The Edge.


Luckily MSEdgeRedirect does the job just fine – albeit by running a service in the background, or listening for MSEdge launches. Not so clean, but since it's FOSS, I don't think it's much to worry about.

> Luckily MSEdgeRedirect does the job just fine

I’ve looked at it and other alternatives, and I decided to not use any of them. They’re all brittle hacks that waste resources.

I decided to leave Windows 11 behind and move back to Linux.

Nyla Smokeyface

God that's so scummy of Microsoft. I noticed EdgeDeflector suddenly didn't work in Windows 10 and I'm surprised nobody seems to be talking about the recent change that blocks it. They really keep on digging this hole.


Microsoft has changed a lot. Every Windows they released I enjoyed it. Until they released Windows 8, everything has changed into controlling what the user must use and there are more restrictions


Microsoft wants me to use Edge so badly. But I'll just end up not using their Start menu search feature for web searches! Oh well! They wanted to eat their cake and have it too, and they'll end up not having any cake whatsoever.


We pay good money for our devices, so we should be able 2 change the device the way we want. Corporate Bullying again, :( however Those that sit on their high perch will eventually fall.


Out of desperation, they're trying to control the IT space forever. Unfortunately they still havn't learnt and will never learn from their previous blunders. All they do best is to steal or buy innovation from startups and force everyone to abide by their nonsense. I am hoping there will be an alternative to Github where they can never spoil it for everyone because their forced presence in everything is really unhealthy for our innovative minds.


On Windows 10 use the Address bar while still available. This got removed in Win 11 which has a thick un-customisable task bar,

Right-click over task bar select Toolbars > Address. The address bar allow to launch the default browser just type a url or text and this will appear in the default search engine from your default browser. Hoping this helps

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