how to find default browser in registry windows 7

  • DevT

    i need to find my default browser so first i try to figure it through regedit (registy keys) as mentioned i used reg key{HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\http\shell\open\command} then i manual change my web browser from internet explore to chrome. but after i refresh values does not change in reg key. why this happen??? how can i detect my default browser in reg key?

    EDIT :



    value is

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -nohome 

    (even i change to chrome to default browser this does not change)

  • Answers
  • slm

    You can look under this registry key and find out which browser is being used by the current user:


    It is a REG_SZ value and will be one of these for the major three browsers currently available:

    • FirefoxURL
    • ChromeHTML
    • IE.HTTP

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    The quick answer, you're pretty much there. Check value of Current in the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Select. This will tell you which of the CurrentControlSet00X's you need to make your change in.

    For example, if Current is set to 2, you need to edit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet002 with your changes.

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    Windows always keeps a few copies of this key, suffixed 001 to 003 (only 2 in Windows 7 I think?). CurrentControlSet001, CurrentControlSet002 and CurrentControlSet003. Think of them as the master keys that are persistent while the computer is switched off.

    When you log into Windows, it picks the last used key, using the value of Current in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Select key. The content is copied into a key called HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet. This key is what Windows plays with while you are logged on.

    When you log off of Windows, changes are written back to the key that was original copied from when you first logged on. CurrentControlSet002 for example. CurrentControlSet vanishes, so to speak. This is why you are unable to see it while you are logged off, working from the recovery console :-)

    Probably a bit over the top with my answer (I blame the Red Bull), but I figured I'd answer a detailed question with a detailed answer.