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Cannot Change Web Browser !

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by dougglos, Nov 11, 2019.

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  1. dougglos

    dougglos Thread Starter

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    My system confirms that I am using Chrome 78 as my web browser. I have tried several times to change this, without success! My routine has been to enter "Default Apps" in the start box, and under web browser, "Choose an Application". However, whatever different browser I choose, my system always remains on the Chrome 78 and does not change! Is there anything I can do to alter this, as I do not want to use Chrome any more?
     
  2. 2twenty2

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    Whatever browser you are using set it to the default browser in the browser's settings/options
     
  3. dougglos

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    Sorry, I'm not with you there! As mentioned originally, I'm using Chrome 78, but can't find a way to change that to, for example, Firefox, etc.
    So the default browser obviously shows as Chrome. So I need a way to change this as I say.
     
  4. cwwozniak

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    Exactly what operating system are you running?
     
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    Whatever browser you are using set it to the default browser in the browser's settings/options


    Example: open Firefox > click Tools > click Options > General > Firefox Is Not Your Default Browser > click on Make Default

    You will need to have Firefox installed to do the above
     
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    What other browsers do you have installed on this machine?
     
  7. dougglos

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    Operating system shows as : Windows Home, Version 1903 , Build 18362.418

    Browser:- shows as : "Google Chrome is your default browser"

    I don't know how to check how many other browsers are installed on it!
     
  8. dougglos

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    Re my last post - Other browser options are shown as:- Brave / Firefox (shows twice) / Google Chrome / Internet Explorer and MS Edge.
    I presume these are the other options available if I wanted to change .
     
  9. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Aren't you able to open the browser you want to use and then set it as default? You should have a shortcut icon on your desktop for each one but if not then you can just type the name in the search box and Enter to open it. Once the browser is open set it as the default.
     
  10. britekguy

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    What follows is from a machine running Windows 10 Pro, Version 1903, Build 18362.418:

    Running a web browser or any other program managed by Default Apps by invoking it with Enter after having used search to locate it will not change it to the default for its class. That (at least so far in Windows 10) is only reliably accomplished by making the change in Settings, Apps, Default Apps pane. Some browsers are now integrating with this in that when you use their own built-in Set as default feature it will either open the aforementioned settings for you to make the change there or do it itself behind the scenes. The majority I've observed that "work with Windows 10" to bring this about generally cause the Default Apps pane to be presented.

    The behavior being described is atypical under Windows 10 as far as what is being presented to the end user. I would progress as follows:

    1. Use the Windows built-in SFC and DISM utilities to see if this will repair things. You should not be seeing Firefox listed twice in the choice list. This coupled with the fact that your choice is not accepted or remembered are both very odd. I am going to post a separate topic momentarily on how one does this in the Windows 10 forum.

    2. If that does not work, see the pinned topic in the Windows 10 forum regarding how to do a Repair Install (which is what you'd be doing) using the Windows 10 ISO file. I would not wait for the 1909 Feature Update as it's better to make sure your system has been repaired under Version 1903. Always download a fresh ISO file, as the instructions state, when getting ready for a repair install (unless you happen to have downloaded it over the last few days - but don't use a months-old ISO).
     
  11. dougglos

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    Cookiegal - Have duly followed your suggestion by opening Firefox and making it as the default. (and receive a message to that effect)

    But then if I Google "What is my web browser?" it always responds with "Your web browser is Chrome 78 on Windows 10" , which I cannot understand!

    briteguy - I'm sorry, but my computer experience/knowledge is extremely limited, and quite frankly items you mention such as "ISO, SFC and DISM are quite meaningless to me. Your very lengthy responses are away above my head each time. I trust that you will understand my meaning.
     
  12. britekguy

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    I do understand that your computer experience is limited. The instruction sets I refer you to are very deliberately written, in step-by-step format, so that anyone can perform them. One of the things I do for a living is work with individuals who are blind or visually impaired, so I have written many of these instruction sets with that population in mind, so while they're quite long, it's so that each and every step is short. There are also often several options, as certain users have different preferences. It's not about understanding the terminology, per se, but knowing how to take the needed steps should you so choose.

    You are absolutely not obligated, in any way, to follow the advice that I offer or anyone else has, either. That is and should be entirely up to you.
     
  13. Cookiegal

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    Douglas,

    If you're not using Chrome any more then I would uninstall it and then changing the default browser should work. You can reinstall it again if you want to use it but this may help "reset" things. At least this is where I would start. Reboot the computer after uninstalling Chrome.
     
  14. dougglos

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    Followed your suggestions as above, and all is working properly now! Have changed the default browser (to Firefox). Still cannot fathom the "Your Web Browser is Chrome 78" message when I Google "What is my web browser" but not too worried about it! Many thanks for your helpful (and concise) suggestions!
     
  15. Cookiegal

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    When you say you Google that you are clicking on the website whatismybrowser.com correct? You didn't actuallty get that message in just the Google list of results.

    You're not still getting that message are you?
     
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