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Firefox by default

by rapheek / February 29, 2008 10:03 PM PST


Is there any registry key I can tweak to make all programs open Firefox by default instead of IE7?


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I'll write no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 29, 2008 11:01 PM PST
In reply to: Firefox by default

There are programs that do not honor the registry. If you are using XP or a prior OS you can force the issue by turning off SFP (see google) and copying the firefox.exe to the iexplore.exe.


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by rapheek / February 29, 2008 11:12 PM PST
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Thanks a lot. But what does SFP stand for? I googled SFP and I got different results.

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"System File Protection"
by John.Wilkinson / February 29, 2008 11:18 PM PST
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It's what ensures system files are not corrupted/replaced. Keep in mind, though, that if you do this you will no longer be able to use Internet Explorer and that some websites and programs that explicitly rely on IE to function properly may crash.


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What about...
by Mailman / March 3, 2008 12:58 AM PST

...Windows update? Would that be able to function in Firefox?


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(NT) No...that's one of the many that are IE only.
by John.Wilkinson / March 3, 2008 1:23 AM PST
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What am I doing WRONG?
by glenn30 / March 3, 2008 6:03 AM PST

I always use Windows Update and never see any problem... Using Firefox and Vista operating system. Never use IE7 for anything... maybe some things require it but I have no need so far.

I must be missing something or misreading your post. I am using IE View Lite and IE Tab add-ons... maybe that is it. Just a question... no quarrel with the post.



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IE Tab...
by John.Wilkinson / March 3, 2008 6:28 AM PST
In reply to: What am I doing WRONG?

IE Tab and IE View Lite basically use Internet Explorer to load the desired website within the Firefox window. I believe IE Tab is set to handle Windows Update by default, which is why it continues to work for XP users without much fuss, though it wouldn't if you removed/replaced Internet Explorer. Vista users, on the other hand, have the integrated Windows Update option in the Control Panel, which I believe will still run with IE removed. However, the Windows Help and Support system, Quicken, McAfee, and many others are typically crippled by IE's removal.


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