Microsoft’s new Windows driver faces user backlash

Microsoft’s new Windows driver faces user backlash

"Driver Backlash"

Microsoft is stirring the pot with a new Windows driver that staunchly protects default browser settings on both Windows 10 and Windows 11. The aim? Software stability and improved user experience. However, this change has not gone down well with users who prefer not to use standard Microsoft Edge.

Despite the option to install and use alternative browsers, this driver makes it a bit harder to bypass default settings. Microsoft claims this move is primarily to maintain system integrity, but some users see it as an infringement on their freedom to customize their preferences.

This driver doesn’t completely lock down changes, though; users can still alter their default browser via Windows settings. Plus, installing new browsers or updates doesn’t rock the boat unless the user specifically requests a default change.

The problem was first flagged by IT expert Christoph Kolbicz, who found his file association adjustment tools non-operational after the system update. This suggests a compatibility issue between Kolbicz’s applications and the new changes.

This controversial driver is part of a broader Microsoft initiative to link file extensions and URL protocols to default applications.

User dissatisfaction with Windows’ new driver

Why? To guard against potentially harmful software and scripts. Going forward, Microsoft aims to channel files to default applications and keep nasty programs at bay.

Following February updates, adjusting Registry keys outside of Windows Settings leads to errors. The best way to avoid this? Users should stick to Windows Settings for their customization needs.

Microsoft’s new Windows filter driver – part of the latest updates – mostly restricts direct Registry key changes related to HTTP and HTTPS URL interpretations. Developed to fight potential security threats and boost system performance, this driver offers robust protection against malware aiming to misuse URL-associated registry keys.

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This all goes toward safer and smoother browsing. It’s a testament to Microsoft’s commitment to enhancing system security and carving out a safer digital space for users. The road might be slightly more inconvenient, but the aim is to better protect users and their data.


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