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How to fix when setting Firefox as the default browser does not work

Posted In Browser, Internet - By Techtiplib on Thursday, December 13th, 2012 With No Comments »

This article describes alternate ways of setting Firefox as the default browser when setting it from the Firefox options window does not work.

Symptoms of this problem can include:

– Firefox reports that it is not the default browser when you check using the Firefox options window.
– Firefox prompts you set Firefox as the default browser each time it starts.
– Firefox does not open after clicking on links in other programs.

Using Firefox

The preferred method of setting Firefox as your default browser is described in the How to make web links open in Firefox by default article. Most external programs will open links in Firefox if it is set to be the default browser using that method.

Follow the instructions below if you have tried the steps in How to make web links open in Firefox by default article and found that they did not work.

Using your operating system

Windows 7 and Vista

Click on the Windows logo to open the Start menu, then select Control Panel. The Control Panel window will open.

Click on the link labeled Programs. The Programs panel will open.
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Click on the link labeled Set your default programs. The Set your default programs panel will open. 

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In the Programs list on the left side of the window, click Firefox.

In the right side of the window, click Set this program as default.

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Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button, then click on the Control Panel icon to open the Windows Control Panel.
  2. Click the Add or Remove Programs icon to open the Add or Remove Programs applet.
  3. On the left side of the window, click the Set Program Access and Defaults icon.
  4. Click on the Custom radio button to expand the Custom category.
  5. Underneath Choose a default Web browser click the radio button next to Mozilla Firefox.
  6. Click OK at the bottom of the window.

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Note: 

Some programs are hard-coded to open Internet Explorer rather than the default browser. Programs that do this are listed below along with possible solutions, if available.

  • MSN Messenger
  • AIM 5.9 – upgrade to the latest version of AIM.

Via Mozilla

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