Set Internet Explorer As Default Browser Through Registry

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The following registry entries must all be changed in order to set Internet Explorer as the default browser and pass the ‘Would you like to set Internet Explorer as default browser’ popup.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShellAssociationsUrlAssociationshttpUserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.HTTP”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShellAssociationsUrlAssociationshttpsUserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.HTTPS”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShellAssociationsUrlAssociationsftpUserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.FTP”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerFileExts.htmUserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.AssocFile.HTM”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerFileExts.htmlUserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.AssocFile.HTM”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerFileExts.mhtUserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.AssocFile.MHT”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerFileExts.mhtmlUserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.AssocFile.MHT”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerFileExts.partialUserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.AssocFile.PARTIAL”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerFileExts.svgUserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.AssocFile.SVG”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerFileExts.urlUserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.AssocFile.URL”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerFileExts.websiteUserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.AssocFile.WEBSITE”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerFileExts.xhtUserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.AssocFile.XHT”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerFileExts.xhtmlUserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.AssocFile.XHT”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClientsStartMenuInternet]
@=”IEXPLORE.EXE”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShellAssociationsMIMEAssociationstext/htmlUserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.text/html”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShellAssociationsMIMEAssociationsmessage/rfc822UserChoice]
“Progid”=”IE.message/rfc822”

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