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How to Set Google Chrome as Default Browser for Windows 10

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Introduction

This guide demos how to set Chrome as default browser for Windows 10. Windows 10 sets Microsoft Edge as default browser.

But Chrome is now the most popular browser and most users want to set chrome as default browser. This is the purpose of this guide…

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Options to Set Chrome as Default Browser for Windows 10

This guide offers 3 options to Set Chrome as Default Browser:

  • Make Chrome default browser from Chrome settings
  • Set from Windows Default Apps settings
  • Use Group Policy to set Chrome as default

1
Make Chrome Default Browser from Chrome Settings

All browsers, including Chrome have the option to set the browser as your default.

Here are the steps to set Chrome as default browser from Chrome Settings:

  • Open Google Chrome and click the 3 dots on the top right of the page. Then click Settings. Then settings page will open in a new tab.
Make Chrome Default Browser from Chrome Settings
  • From Chrome Settings page (left side), click Default browser. Then click Make default.
  • At the Choose an app page, select Google Chrome.
  • If you return to Google Chrome settings, it will now show that it is the default browser.

2
Set Chrome as Default Browser from Default Apps Settings

The second method to change Windows 10 default browser is from Settings.

This is similar to the first method but instead of performing the task from Google Chrome settings, you do it from Windows 10 Settings.

Here are the detailed steps:

  • Right-click Windows 10 start menu. Then click Settings.
Set Chrome as Default Browser from Default Apps Settings
  • At Windows Settings, locate and click Apps.
Set Chrome as Default Browser from Default Apps Settings
  • Then at Apps & features settings, click Default apps.
Set Chrome as Default Browser from Default Apps Settings
  • When Default apps settings opens, scroll down to Web browser and click Microsoft Edge (the current default browser).
Set Chrome as Default Browser from Default Apps Settings
  • Then from the list of available browsers, click Google Chrome. Google Chrome is now set as default browser for Windows 10 (see the second image below).

3
Set Chrome as Default Browser with Group Policy

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This method is for Windows Administrators that wish to set default browser in domain-joined Windows 10 PCs.

There are 4 tasks required for this method:

  1. Create a default application association XML file
  2. Create a new Group Policy Object (GPO)
  3. Link the GPO to an AD container
  4. Configure the Group Policy Object

This guide provides detailed steps for tasks 1 and 4. For steps to complete tasks 2 and 3 click the links.

Here are the detailed steps for each task…

Create a Default Application Association XML File

  • Finally, copy the file to a location where it will accessible to every computer in the domain. One place is the Scripts folder located in the path \\domain\SYSVOL\domain. Below is the path in my test domain.
\itechguides.local\SYSVOL\iTechGuides.local\scripts

Configure the Group Policy Object

The final step is to configure the GPO to set Chrome as default browser.

Here are the steps:

  • Login to a Domain Controller and open Server Manager.
If you Enabled RSAT for Active Directory in Windows 10 you should be able to perform this task from your Windows 10 PC.
  • From Server Manager, click Tools. Then select Group Policy Management.
configure the GPO to set Chrome as default browser.
configure the GPO to set Chrome as default browser.
  • At the Group Policy Management Editor, navigate to¬†Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Template -> Windows Components -> File Explorer
  • Click on File Explorer folder. Then on the details pane, right-click Set a default associations configuration file policy and select Edit. You could also double-click the policy to open it for editing.
  • When the policy opens for editing, click Enabled. Then, on the Default Association Configuration File field, enter the full path to the XML file you downloaded in step 1 of this section. When you finish configuring the policy, click OK.
For all computers in the domain to access this file, it must be in a shared folder. I recommend saving it in the Scripts folder located in \\domain\SYSVOL\domain.
  • The policy will now appear as Enabled.

Conclusion

This guide offered 3 methods to set Chrome as default browser in Windows 10.

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