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Windows 10 - I can't make Firefox ESR my default browser

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I'm using Firefox ESR 52.3.0 (32-bit) on Windows 10. I'm unable to make Firefox my default browser, as it doesn't show up in the available apps in the Windows 10 Settings. Here's a screenshot: https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/304023625994862603/350437623912857601/unknown.png

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See:

Start > Default Programs > Set program access and computer defaults Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs > Set program access and computer defaults

Click Microsoft Edge under Web Browser. That should bring up a list of all available browsers where you can select Firefox.

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Open Windows Internet Explorer. Have it declared as the default browser, But turn off the option to check this when the browser opens (If you want).

Now do the same thing using Firefox.

Win:10:Default

https://www.bing.com/search?q=change+default+browser+windows+10&pc=MOZI&form=MOZSBR

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FredMcD said

Open Windows Internet Explorer. Have it declared as the default browser, But turn off the option to check this when the browser opens (If you want). Now do the same thing using Firefox.
Win:10:Default
https://www.bing.com/search?q=change+default+browser+windows+10&pc=MOZI&form=MOZSBR

Do I declare IE as default in the browser or in the settings? I'm confused.

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Changing the setting in the browser makes the browser change the computer's settings.

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FredMcD said

Changing the setting in the browser makes the browser change the computer's settings.

Oh, okay. So, I went into settings and made IE my default browser, but Firefox still doesn't show up in the menu. What am I doing wrong?

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You're not using the Portable Firefox ESR 52.3.0 version, are you?

Portable Apps can't be made the default application for anything, nothing with Portable Apps gets written to the Windows Registry.

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See:

Start > Default Programs > Set program access and computer defaults Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs > Set program access and computer defaults

Click Microsoft Edge under Web Browser. That should bring up a list of all available browsers where you can select Firefox.

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cor-el said

See: Start > Default Programs > Set program access and computer defaults Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs > Set program access and computer defaults Click Microsoft Edge under Wen Browser. That should bring up a list of all available browsers where you can select Firefox.

Worked, nice. Thanks!

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Following these instructions did not work:

'Start > Default Programs > Set program access and computer defaults

Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs > Set program access and computer defaults

Click Microsoft Edge under Web Browser. That should bring up a list of all available browsers where you can select Firefox.

The above solution did not work because when I clicked "Microsoft Edge" under Web Browser, the "Firefox" icon did NOT appear.

Thank you,

DonaldS

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Donaldas This is an old, solved posting.

Please go to the top of any support.mozilla.org web page and use the Ask A Question link; https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/new Select the product for what the problem is (Firefox or whatever).

Now select the category for the problem. At the bottom is Other.

Describe the problem in brief. Then press <enter>. The website will display any prior posts that might help you. If nothing on the list can help, at the bottom press the button; None Of These Solve My Problem.

Now enter all the relative information on the problem. At the bottom of this, you can Add Images.

Under this is Troubleshooting Information. Please press the Share Data button. This will let us look at your system details. No Personal Information Is Collected.