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Anonymous
July 18, 2004 2:17:05 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsnt.registry (More info?)

Dear all,

I've Googled extensively and searched the Microsoft KB but can't find the
answer to this one.

If manually setting a default browser in the registry, which keys need to
be changed? I need to set a browser to open all HTTP, HTTPS and FTP URLs
and also to open local HTML files. (I'm going to do this on 50 or 60 PCs,
so I'd like to make a .reg file to do it rather than go through the
preferences dialogues on them all!)

Also, will this change effect all users on the computer? (Yes, I want it
to.)

And is it different for Windows NT 4, 2000 and XP?

Lastly, is there a registry setting that can prevent normal users from
changing it back? (I don't mind them running non-default browsers, but
don't want them to change the default.)

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Anonymous
July 18, 2004 2:17:06 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsnt.registry (More info?)

This may help you locate it.

http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/source/regmon.shtml

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"Toby Inkster" wrote:
| Dear all,
|
| I've Googled extensively and searched the Microsoft KB but can't find the
| answer to this one.
|
| If manually setting a default browser in the registry, which keys need to
| be changed? I need to set a browser to open all HTTP, HTTPS and FTP URLs
| and also to open local HTML files. (I'm going to do this on 50 or 60 PCs,
| so I'd like to make a .reg file to do it rather than go through the
| preferences dialogues on them all!)
|
| Also, will this change effect all users on the computer? (Yes, I want it
| to.)
|
| And is it different for Windows NT 4, 2000 and XP?
|
| Lastly, is there a registry setting that can prevent normal users from
| changing it back? (I don't mind them running non-default browsers, but
| don't want them to change the default.)
|
| Thanks in advance for any help.
|
| --
| Toby A Inkster BSc (Hons) ARCS
| Contact Me ~ http://tobyinkster.co.uk/contact
| Now Playing ~ ./shawn_mullins/souls_core/05_twin_rocks_oregon.ogg
|
Anonymous
July 19, 2004 11:04:37 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsnt.registry (More info?)

Toby Inkster wrote:

> If manually setting a default browser in the registry, which keys need to
> be changed?

FUMOP -- this seems to do more or less what I wanted:

==========================================================
REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\.shtml]
@="FirefoxHTML"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\.xht]
@="FirefoxHTML"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\.xhtm]
@="FirefoxHTML"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\.xhtml]
@="FirefoxHTML"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\.htm]
@="FirefoxHTML"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\.html]
@="FirefoxHTML"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\FirefoxHTML\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILL~1\\FIREFOX.EXE,1"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\FirefoxHTML\shell\open\command]
@="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILL~1\\FIREFOX.EXE -url \"%1\""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ftp\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILL~1\\FIREFOX.EXE,1"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ftp\shell\open\command]
@="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILL~1\\FIREFOX.EXE -url \"%1\""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\gopher\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILL~1\\FIREFOX.EXE,1"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\gopher\shell\open\command]
@="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILL~1\\FIREFOX.EXE -url \"%1\""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\http\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILL~1\\FIREFOX.EXE,1"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\http\shell\open\command]
@="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILL~1\\FIREFOX.EXE -url \"%1\""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\https\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILL~1\\FIREFOX.EXE,1"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\https\shell\open\command]
@="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILL~1\\FIREFOX.EXE -url \"%1\""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CHROME\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILL~1\\FIREFOX.EXE,1"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CHROME\shell\open\command]
@="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MOZILL~1\\FIREFOX.EXE -url \"%1\""

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"Check_Associations"="No"
"IgnoreDefCheck"="Yes"
==========================================================

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