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How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser?

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How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? Toontje 4/18/09 6:46 AM
How do i UNselect Chrome to be the default browser? I want IE8 to be the default browser, but every time i start Chrome it looks like Chrome makes itself the default browser again. Setting IE as default browser in Default Programs doesn't work. Chrome stays the default browser.
How to prevent that Chrome becomes default browser?
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? †Tommy G.† 4/18/09 11:46 AM
Toontje, I have noticed that you truly have looked at every possible answer to your question in this forum, to no avail.  I have one last ditch suggestion that I would try if this happened to me.  Reboot your computer.  I know people who never or rarely do this.  Windows never gets a chance to save your settings.  I know it is simplistic and is not meant to be condescending.  

Good luck, and let us know it you ever find an answer yourself.
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? Toontje 4/18/09 2:38 PM
So i rebooted my PC, no difference. I have all regular extensions set to IE, all except .crx, .xht and .xhtml. I set my default program to IE, i set my Internet link to IE. When i launch a URL from an e-mail or similar, Chrome lanuches. When i uninstall Chrome, i have no default browser...
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? †Tommy G.† 4/18/09 3:20 PM
O.K.  Here's what I would do if this happened to me.  I would close Chrome.  I would go to Windows task manager and check to see if there are any instances of chrome.exe. still running.  I would kill those processes.  I would now try everything you have tried before to make IE your default.  If this didn't work, I would be discouraged as you.  If you decide to uninstall Chrome, close it and check again to see if there are any chrome.exe. running. Kill those and then uninstall.
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? Toontje 4/19/09 4:43 AM
Chrome closed (well, uninstalled, actually), no Chrome processes running. Only one browser installed IE8. Start Menu, Properties, Internet link set to Internet Explorer. Program Access and Default Programs Internet Browser set to Internet Explorer. Common internet Filetype and Protocol associations all set to Internet Explorer. Now here is something weird: This was set to Internet Explorer before when i had Chrome installed, however, the icon in front of .htm, .html, etc in the first column of the table were still the Chrome icon. Now, with Chrome uninstalled the icon is and icon with something that looks like a little Windows windows in it. Like there is no association, but the no-association icon is a blank one. The last column, though (Current Default), wants me to believe that Internet Explorer is my default. Thinking that maybe the association points to an IE that doesn't exist anymore (IE6, IE7) i reconfigured the association to point to the correct IE in \Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe, no difference. I think this is where the problem is, however, i don't know how to fix this.
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? rgallier 4/19/09 11:23 AM
You may need to uninstall IE8 & then reinstall IE8 and allow IE8 to re-associate itself. If this doesn't work (as is often the case with Windows) you will probably need to format and reinstall Windows to shake out all the bugs. If you have a backup before this started you can start there. I don't believe your problem is with Google Chrome.
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? StevePaul 4/19/09 5:19 PM
In future do the following (this way you don't need to uninstalll Chrome or any other browser you've got installed !!)...

Start > Control Panel > Internet Options > Progrems Tab

It will say Internet Explorer is not currently the default web browser

Click on the Make default box


Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? Toontje 4/20/09 1:56 AM
@rgallier I like your reasoning. I'm working in aa software company myself and i'm going to propose the same to our company. A Windows problem caused by Chrome is a Windows problem, not a Chrome problem.... Uninstalling and reinstalling IE8 now.

@StevePaul Honestly, i've tried that.
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? Toontje 4/20/09 2:28 AM
Ok, uninstalled, re-downloaded and re-installed IE8. Still not the Default Browser. When i open the Control Panel/Internet Options, i make IE the default browser, i close the applet, re-open it and see that Chrome, although not installed anymore, is still the default browser.
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? nakro 4/20/09 6:49 AM
@toontje, i have a "sick" idea
if(!) there is a process called "googleupdate" (not updateR but just update)
make sure it is killed first
then try to do what steve said,
if this solves it (there might be several googlepdate processes running)
just remove it from your machine

please post if this did anything....
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? Toontje 4/20/09 7:32 AM
Killed off two processes googleupdate. One running as me, one running as system. Went to CP, Internet, Default browser, Clicked Make Default, closed the applet, re-opened it, was not selected as default.

So no, didn't help. Does anybody know where this setting is stored in the registry (probably in 1.000.000 places, knowing MS)? Maybe i can switch to IE manually.
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? nakro 4/20/09 7:44 AM
well, you can do a find in the registry for chrome.exe
but regardless, the "googleupdate" process should have died when you uninstalled chrome
the documents state that it only checks for updates, but it seems it might also check that chrome is the default browser
are you sure they did not come back to life ? those update processes ?
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? Toontje 4/20/09 8:12 AM
I had to reinstall Chrome again because not having a default browser breaks some apps. That's why i still had the googleupdate processes. What worries me is that when i set IE as my default application for .htm and .html files, that i don't get the IE icon in the files. They continue to be linked to Chrome.
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? nakro 4/20/09 8:13 AM
oh, but this is a different well known MS bug, if you have tweakui from microsoft, you can fix it
or it will update by itself at some point

so i take it the problem is solved then (save for the icon) ?
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? kaubau 8/12/09 1:11 PM
I had the same problem and successfully resolved by clicking on the "Reset Web Settings" button with IE--> Internet Options-->Programs tab.
This made IE(6.0 for me) as the default browser from Chrome and in Chrome-->"wrench"-->Options --> Make chrome as default browser option came back. I tried it twice and worked fine for me.
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? redwoodsman 2/16/10 4:08 PM
I have had a similar problem and I believe the cause is Google updater.

Chrome repeatedly installed itself as default & I could not easily replace it with IE8 - the "internet Options" route would not work to make IE8 my default - IE would show as the "default" in all of the internet settings - (and the "tell me if IE is not the default" warning failed to appear when IE8 was opened) - but Chrome continued to show in the start menu & came up on opening links etc

The only solution I found was to open Firefox - install Firefox as the "default" - (this successfully replaced Chrome) - close Firefox - re-open IE8 - the "IE is not the default" warning comes up - check the "make IE default" - problem solved.

I have now removed all automatic Google updates
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? fffffffffff 3/4/10 11:02 AM
I have a similar problem. I want Opera to be the standard browser. But that's not important.

Important is only to stop that chrome makes itself to the default browser. How can I disable this?
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? Altimus_fenn 8/1/10 11:55 AM
i have the same problem except its internet explorer that is the default and chrome that wont be default
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? SkipperDipper 8/27/10 6:36 AM
I had the same issue. I had IE8. Then I installed Chrome. I accidentally chose in Chrome to make Chrome my default browser. 

I didn't see any settings in Chrome to change that, so I closed all browsers down, went to the Add/Remove Programs menu in the Control Panel, scrolled down to the Set Program Access & Defaults section and changed the default browser back to IE there. It didn't change anything.

I restarted. Still didn't change anything. I even noticed that if I clicked on the desktop shortcut icon to IE that Chrome would open up instead and that if I went to the Start Menu, Chrome's icon would be there labeled as Internet where IE's icon used to be. 

My solution: As simple as it sounds, I figured maybe I should just open up IE and see if the setting was changed in there or not, so I opened IE, went into Internet Options, went to the Programs tab, and down where it lists the default browser, sure enough, even though everywhere else on my computer I had set the default browser back to IE, it wasn't set to IE in IE itself.

Important: Even if the text there says, "IE is the default Internet Browser", click on the "Make Default", if the "Make Default" button next to it isn't grayed out, make sure you click it.

That solved my problem. Everything went back to normal immediately. Hope this helps!
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? bigtime724 2/3/11 1:00 PM
I had the same problem, but i figured out how to change the default browser to IE. I only used this for XP.
GO TO THE CONTROL PANEL
THEN ADD OR REMOVE HARDWARE
GO TO SET PROGRAM ACCESS AND DEFAULT
GO TO CUSTOM
GO TO CHOOSE DEFAULT WEB BROWSER
AND PICK INTERNET EXPLORER
Re: How to make Internet Explorer the default browser? Or how to NOT make Chrome the default browser? SirOssis 3/7/11 10:12 AM
I have a very similar problem.

Not matter what link I click (from another App like Outlook) Chrome will pop up with the "Ohh Snap!" crash screen.

Chrome will not release itself as the browser that wants to open when clicking links and crashes every time I click on a link (Chrome does not crash if I open it and go to a page)

Better yet with have 3 PC's in our network that are doing this.

If I uninstall Chrome and click on a link nothing happens (No default browser). I have tried setting everything to set IE8 as default.

This is running on Windows 7 with IE8.
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