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Windows 7: NO default programs

09 Oct 2016   #1
RockinFX

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
NO default programs

W7 Home Premium 64 pre-installed and functioning perfectly well on a quad-core Intel laptop for many years. The OS has been kept current and is at SP1+.

I recently got tired of my old standby browser and would very much like my new choice to be the default. The problem is that I can find no way to wrest control from IE11-x64 now that I have uninstalled the old browser.

Despite several re-installs of the new one and IE claiming that it is not the default either, it maintains its iron grip. The new browser functions perfectly well, but any attempt to use its interface to set it as the default (for my ancient email client, etc.) results in nothing except more of IE11. I have changed every web-based/html/xml reference that I can find in Control Panel -> Programs -> Default Programs -> Set Associations to no avail.

The thing I do not understand is that, even though all of the relevant file types are displayed and modifiable via the aforementioned interface, Control Panel -> Programs -> Default Programs -> Set Default Programs shows no programs available. None, nada, zero, zilch. A screen shot of the nothingness is attached.

Is there a registry setting hiding somewhere or anyone in the Seven-verse who has a solution or even a guess? I've read every tutorial I can find and one or the other of the previous should work, but ... no. I have used CCleaner to clean the registry, all caches, cookies, etc. and still Windows has no knowledge of any possible default programs of any kind. Anyway, I would be eternally grateful for any hints or info whatsoever. Thanks!




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10 Oct 2016   #2
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Welcome to W7F RockinFX. Check this out. Default Programs list is completely empty
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10 Oct 2016   #3
RockinFX

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks a lot for that, I really appreciate it. I was afraid it was registry-related and I now suspect that it almost certainly has to do with some defective un-installer. That gives me a place to start. Thanks again!
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10 Oct 2016   #4
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Your most welcome. did you get the default programs back?
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14 Oct 2016   #5
RockinFX

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I did get the Windows defaults that were a part of the .reg merge script, but cannot see how to apply that toward setting my preferred defaults for web browser, email program and the like. It appears that those keys are strewn about all over the registry and require a lot of ad hoc manual editing to properly set. Oh well ...
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