To set Chrome as the default browser, take the following steps:
- Click on the menu bar, which is 3 horizontal bars one beneath the other at the top right of the Chrome window.
- Select Settings.
- Click on the Make Google the default browser.
- On a Windows system, you may see a window
asking "How do you want to open this type of link (http)?" which shows the
other browsers on the system that can be used to access websites. Click on
When you do that, the
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\command is updated as shown
below when the query was run before and after the default browser was
changed from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome on a Windows Server 2012
C:\>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\command /ve HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\command (Default) REG_SZ "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" %1 C:\>reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\command /ve HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\command (Default) REG_SZ "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -- "%1"
If Firefox is the default browser, the value will be similar to the following, depending on where you installed Firefox:
"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -osint -url "%1"
Determining the default browser from the command line
Date: July 18, 2014