Windows 10: Can't define Default APP Windows 10

  1.    08 Aug 2015 #1

    Can't define Default APP Windows 10


    I have been using Firefox Portable for several years and after updating to Windows 10 I can set it as the default app for web browsing. Within settings I can change the default app from IE to Edge but have no way of browsing to the location of my FF portable (in my documents folder). When I try setting it as default browser from within FF it just brings me to the Windows settings where I get stuck again.
    Can I set my FF portable to my default browser?
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.138
       09 Aug 2015 #2

    Control Panel, Default Programs. Do both of the following:

    Set your default programs.
    Associate a file type or protocol with a program.
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  3.    09 Aug 2015 #3

    I'm doing the same. Using FF portable as my main browser since I move between two PCs. The way I got around it was download and install the full FF, and set that as default. Then when you are using the portable version anything that uses FF will use the portable since it's already open even though the full FF is set to default. I'm going to try the default app thing to see though. Thanks for the advice.
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  4.    14 Aug 2015 #4

    I'm having the same / a similar problem with my portable browser. Setting a default program or associating a protocol doesn't work in the case of urls and a portable program.

    File extension association (e.g. with .html and .htm) works fine by the way.

    The problem is with url protocol handling. Control Panel>Default Programs>Set Associations makes a distinction between "Extensions" and "Protocols". For file extensions you can change the program and browse your pc to find the location of any program (which works fine for .html), but with protocols there is no similar way to browse to the location of your portable browser, only normally installed browsers are shown to handle the http protocol for instance.
    Changing the default program for the .url file extension (which is found under "Extensions" and not under "Protocols", so you can browse for any program to set as the default) to a portable browser, makes the browser opening .url files as if it were text files, instead of opening the actual link within that text file (with .url extension). The Current Default program for the .url file extensions is "Internet Browser", which I think links back to your default web browser as set in the new Settings menu of Windows 10. When the "Internet Browser" is the default program, .url files are opened directly in the default browser (Edge or IE, not the portable one since you cannot set that as the default).

    I have been trying to fix it by messing with the registry a bit, as described here and here, with no results so far. (not so strange since these sites are years old and meant for other Windows versions way before Windows 10).


    I do think it should be possible though. I'm using the portable program XnView, and somehow that program shows up in the new Settings>System>Default Apps>Photo Viewer list, as if it were installed, without having to browse to its location manually. I did associate the .jpg file extension with this program manually beforehand, but that's all I did. I also associated my portable browser with .html, but that didn't make it to show up as an option for a default web browser.

    I'm hoping someone has an idea how to fix this!
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  5.    12 Nov 2015 #5

    I had a similar problem trying to get Chrome to be a default browser in a sandbox. After hunting around for about 4 days, I think I have it sussed and have the below .reg file which does the trick and makes Chrome show up in the default browsers popup in settings. you should be able to adapt for your needs.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ChromeHTML]
    @="Chrome HTML Document"
    "AppUserModelId"="Chrome"


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ChromeHTML\Application]
    "ApplicationCompany"="Google Inc."
    "ApplicationDescription"="Access the Internet"
    "ApplicationIcon"="D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe,0"
    "ApplicationName"="Google Chrome"
    "AppUserModelId"="Chrome"


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ChromeHTML\DefaultIcon]
    @="D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe,0"


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ChromeHTML\shell]


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ChromeHTML\shell\open]


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ChromeHTML\shell\open\command]
    @=""D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe" -- "%1""


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome]
    @="Google Chrome"


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\Capabilities]
    "ApplicationDescription"="Google Chrome is a web browser that runs webpages and applications with lightning speed. It's fast, stable, and easy to use. Browse the web more safely with malware and phishing protection built into Google Chrome."
    "ApplicationIcon"="D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe,0"
    "ApplicationName"="Google Chrome"


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\Capabilities\FileAssociations]
    ".htm"="ChromeHTML"
    ".html"="ChromeHTML"
    ".shtml"="ChromeHTML"
    ".xht"="ChromeHTML"
    ".xhtml"="ChromeHTML"
    ".webp"="ChromeHTML"


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\Capabilities\Startmenu]
    "StartMenuInternet"="Google Chrome"


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\Capabilities\URLAssociations]
    "ftp"="ChromeHTML"
    "http"="ChromeHTML"
    "https"="ChromeHTML"
    "irc"="ChromeHTML"
    "mailto"="ChromeHTML"
    "mms"="ChromeHTML"
    "news"="ChromeHTML"
    "nntp"="ChromeHTML"
    "sms"="ChromeHTML"
    "smsto"="ChromeHTML"
    "tel"="ChromeHTML"
    "urn"="ChromeHTML"
    "webcal"="ChromeHTML"


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\DefaultIcon]
    @="D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe,0"


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\InstallInfo]
    "ReinstallCommand"=""D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe" --make-default-browser"
    "HideIconsCommand"=""D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe" --hide-icons"
    "ShowIconsCommand"=""D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe" --show-icons"
    "IconsVisible"=dword:00000001


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\shell]


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\shell\open]


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\shell\open\command]
    @=""D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe""


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\RegisteredApplications]
    "Google Chrome"="Software\\Clients\\StartMenuInternet\\Google Chrome\\Capabilities"


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome]
    @="Google Chrome"


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\Capabilities]
    "ApplicationDescription"="Google Chrome is a web browser that runs webpages and applications with lightning speed. It's fast, stable, and easy to use. Browse the web more safely with malware and phishing protection built into Google Chrome."
    "ApplicationIcon"="D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe,0"
    "ApplicationName"="Google Chrome"


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\Capabilities\FileAssociations]
    ".htm"="ChromeHTML"
    ".html"="ChromeHTML"
    ".shtml"="ChromeHTML"
    ".xht"="ChromeHTML"
    ".xhtml"="ChromeHTML"
    ".webp"="ChromeHTML"


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\Capabilities\Startmenu]
    "StartMenuInternet"="Google Chrome"


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\Capabilities\URLAssociations]
    "ftp"="ChromeHTML"
    "http"="ChromeHTML"
    "https"="ChromeHTML"
    "irc"="ChromeHTML"
    "mailto"="ChromeHTML"
    "mms"="ChromeHTML"
    "news"="ChromeHTML"
    "nntp"="ChromeHTML"
    "sms"="ChromeHTML"
    "smsto"="ChromeHTML"
    "tel"="ChromeHTML"
    "urn"="ChromeHTML"
    "webcal"="ChromeHTML"


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\DefaultIcon]
    @="D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe,0"


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\InstallInfo]
    "ReinstallCommand"=""D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe" --make-default-browser"
    "HideIconsCommand"=""D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe" --hide-icons"
    "ShowIconsCommand"=""D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe" --show-icons"
    "IconsVisible"=dword:00000001


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\shell]


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\shell\open]


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Google Chrome\shell\open\command]
    @=""D:\\Sandbox\\Chrome\\drive\\C\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe""


    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\RegisteredApplications]
    "Google Chrome"="Software\\Clients\\StartMenuInternet\\Google Chrome\\Capabilities"

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