Windows – Change the default web browser


What is the default browser?

"A program configuration specifies default programs for certain
activities such as Web browsing or sending messages, and programs
which are accessible from the Start menu, the desktop, and other locations."
Source: Menu Add or Remove Programs.

Control Panel (XP)

The interface

To get to the interface that allows you to change the default browser:
  • Start
  • Control Panel
    • XP: Add or Remove Programs > Set default programs
    • Under Vista: Programs > Default Programs > Set the default settings of program access and computer

Here is the interface:
  • Under XP:Windows - Change the default web browser
  • Under Vista:Windows - Change the default web browser


  • Click Custom.
  • In the menu, locate "Choose a default Web browser,"

You can now choose one of the browsers installed on your machine.
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To allow or disallow access to other programs, you can select the right menu as you wish.
example: Windows - Change the default web browser

Change the default browser via the browser

It is otherwise possible to easily change the browser (or browser) default from it.

With Opera, choose Tools->preferences then select the tab Advanced and finally programs. Just then check Check if Opera is the default browser on startup.

With Firefox, select the tab Tools section options. then click on Advanced then Always check at startup Firefox is the default browser.
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