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Windows 7: Links only open in IE - Can't change it

15 May 2014   #1
Ryan915

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Links only open in IE - Can't change it

I am having a very weird issue all of a sudden. Usually if links start opening in IE all I have to do is open Firefox and set it as my default browser and all is good. Unfortunately this isn't working and I've noticed something very odd.

Here is a screenshot of IE's Program Associations



".url" is set to Firefox yet it still continues to open in IE.


Here is Firefox for comparison.




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15 May 2014   #2
Ryan915

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

So changing this to "Firefox" worked even though it defaulted back to where it was.



I don't even know how anything got changed. All of a sudden settings get messed up and I can no longer open links in my default browser. Makes no sense.
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15 May 2014   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Links from where exactly on webpages/ from your desktop ?
Walk us through the exact process your running into,

Also which security suite do you have installed and which browsers,
Try using Clean boot,
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/179159-troubleshoot-application-conflicts-performing-clean-startup.html
Cheers.
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15 May 2014   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Just out of curiosity, what happens if you...
...go into Programs and Features
...click on the link named Turn Windows Features on and off
...remove the check beside whatever version of IE that you have
...then restart the computer (even if you are not asked to do so).

I'm not suggesting that you leave your computer in that state. It is nice (best) to have more than one functioning browser. I'm just wondering if that will sort out some of the settings.
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15 May 2014   #5
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ryan915 View Post
So changing this to "Firefox" worked even though it defaulted back to where it was.



I don't even know how anything got changed. All of a sudden settings get messed up and I can no longer open links in my default browser. Makes no sense.
You posted this while I was composing my reply to your first post. Did you recently uninstall a browser? Perhaps a Chrome variant? I've seen such uninstalls mess up the remaining browsers and prevent links inside webpages from working.
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15 May 2014   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yea the last screen shot is that what the settings get changed to by something or is this what you change them too ?
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18 May 2014   #7
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I'm going to agree with UsernameIssues. Even if you currently have Chrome installed, uninstall it and try to make FF default again. Barring that, try making IE default, make sure it works everywhere, then make FF default again. A Guy
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