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Windows 7: Cannot set IE11 as default browser

21 Apr 2016   #11
stumped2

Windows home premium 64bit
 
 

Yes..I uninstalled Chrome and Vivaldi. Reinstalled Vivaldi. I only get that message if I remove access from Chrome or Vivaldi. I do not get it if I remove access from Firefox.


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21 Apr 2016   #12
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Makes me wonder about those two browsers and what all tagged along with the installation of them ?
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21 Apr 2016   #13
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

If you are ok with editing the Registry, run regedit

Drill down to HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Capabilities/
look for a value named Hidden
If it exists and is set to 1, change it to 0
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21 Apr 2016   #14
stumped2

Windows home premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply..I did as suggested and the value is already set to '0'. A second look at my 'Make Default'
page makes me wonder why there are only 6 programs listed there. There should be a lot more...media players, etc.


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21 Apr 2016   #15
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Suggest:

Make sure that IE or other browsers are not running then go to:

Control Panel> Internet Options> Programs tab

Set these options.
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Exit the window then launch IE and see if you get a pop up at the bottom of the page offering the option to make IE default browser.


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21 Apr 2016   #16
stumped2

Windows home premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you for replying. Yes I did that and yes it asked. I am not having issues anymore. I completely removed Chrome and reinstalled Vivaldi. IE stays as default now. However, IE is still not listed in "Set program Defaults" nor any of the expected default options. I have tried a system restore. No go. I ran sfc /scannow and chkdisk. No errors. Through scan with Malwarebytes Pro and Panda...as well as adware cleaner. Nothing found. My computer runs perfect. No strange programs found or running. It's just the lack of programs (default choices) being shown that bugs me.


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21 Apr 2016   #17
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I would create a new Windows Admin account, log in with that account, and see if the Default Programs list is different.
Maybe something is corrupt in your current account.
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21 Apr 2016   #18
stumped2

Windows home premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks David, did that and the selection was the same.
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21 Apr 2016   #19
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

It sounds like you've tried everything possible to fix this.
Unless someone else has some other suggestion you haven't tried, you might want to consider a Repair Install:
Repair Install

I would create a System Backup Image before doing this, so i could get back to what i have now, if things don't work right.
I create periodic System Backup Images with Macrium Reflect free, so i can recover if/when problems happen.
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21 Apr 2016   #20
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Chrome has an aggressive install and makes changes like that and does not undo stuff it changes on uninstall
One of the main reasons I do not like Chrome that and they removed the custom install so you can select do not make it default...
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