Setting Netscape 7, and/or Mozilla as the Default Browser


The Default browser, is the one set up to handle URL:Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Netscape looks specifically at the Application entry in the DDE section of the File Types dialog.

Registry Key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\HTTP\Shell\Open\ddeexec\Application

Open Netscape:

Go to Edit | Preferences | Advanced | System
Under Protocols
Enable: http: and https:
Under File Types
Enable: HTML

Go to Edit | Preferences | Navigator
Click on the "Set Default Browser" button

Close Netscape

Go to Start | Settings | Control Panel | Internet Options
Click on the Programs Tab
Disable: Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser

NOTE:
It is sometimes necessary to make Internet Explorer the default browser, first.
Go to Start | Settings | Control Panel | Internet Options
Click on the Programs Tab
Enable: Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser.


For Windows 2000 SP3 and SP4, and Windows XP SP1+ Users:

Microsoft released code that is added to Mozilla, and Netscape, that allows it to be controlled via this utility. This utility will work with Netscape 7.x, or Mozilla 1.3+. Note that the utlility is only included in Windows 2000 SP3, and SP4, and Windows XP SP1+. If the shortcut for this utility has inadvertently been removed from the Start Menu, it can be accessed via the Add/Remove Programs section of the Control Panel.

Windows 2000 Pro, SP4

Windows XP



Credits to Mandrake
for the updated Windows 2000 and Windows XP information, and screen shot of Windows 2000 Pro, SP4.

Thanks to MinnesotaMike for the Windows XP Screen Shot.



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