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How to Change Windows Default Browser

written by: •edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 4/28/2010

Everyone has his or her favorite web browser. When you select yours, you may become frustrated when links in emails or other applications open a different browser window. If you are experiencing Windows problems - wrong browser, specifically, learn how to set the default web browser for good.

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    Overview

    When you download a new web browser you are typically given the opportunity to set the browser as your default. If you thought you did this but another browser window is still opening when you click links or shortcuts, or if you did not intend to set a new browser as the default but it is acting as though you did, you can change this. Read on to learn how to fix the Windows problems - wrong browser, depending on which operating system you are using.

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    Windows Problems - Wrong Browser in XP

    Windows Problems - Wrong Browser XP 

    If you are experiencing Windows problems - wrong browser in Windows XP, the solution is as close as the Control Panel. Click the Start button and select Control Panel (or point to Settings and then click Control Panel). Open Add or Remove Programs.

    Rather than changing or removing programs in the main section of the window, however, look at the bottom of the pane on the left. Click the Set Program Access and Defaults button.

    You can also get to the Set Program Access and Defaults window in XP by clicking the Start button, pointing to All Programs and selecting Set Program Access and Defaults.

    Select Custom under Choose a Configuration. The menu will expand, allowing you to choose defaults and allow or deny access for a variety of programs and applications. Under Choose a Web Browser, select the browser you want to use as your default. If your desired web browser is already selected but you are still having Windows problems, wrong browser opening, you may wish to clear the Enable Access to This Program check box beside the browser that keeps opening.

    Click OK to apply the changes. Your Windows problems (wrong browser) should cease.

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    Windows Problems - Wrong Browser in Vista or Windows 7

    Windows Problems - Wrong Browser Vista/7 

    You can resolve Windows problems - wrong browser in Windows Vista or Windows 7, quickly and easily. Click the Start button and type default into the Search box at the bottom of the Start Menu.

    Select Default Programs under Programs in the results. Click on Set Program Access and Defaults under Choose the Programs Windows Uses by Default.

    Select Custom under Choose a Configuration. The menu will expand, allowing you to choose defaults and allow or deny access for a variety of programs and applications. Under Choose a Web Browser, select the browser you want to use as your default. You can also select Use My Current Browser if you have a browser window open. If your desired web browser is already selected but you are still having Windows problems, wrong browser opening, you may wish to clear the Enable Access to This Program check box beside the browser that keeps opening.

    Click OK to apply the changes. Your Windows problems (wrong browser) should cease.






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