Windows 10: Clicking links keep asking me to choose between browsers
Ah, okay, thanks. Seems to me that is probably intentional on Microsoft's part to try to get people to use Edge, though in all honesty that has been happening with Windows off and on since Vista and maybe even as far back as XP.
I do like 10 though. Have it on 3 computers at home (2 laptops and 1 desktop) and 1 desktop here at the shop.
There are settings in Outlook 2007 for default programs including default browser. But with Windows 10 when you attempt to choose a browser in Outlook you get a message to change it in Windows setting. IE is my default browser. And htm/html file associations are IE.
Yes - same behaviour as in Outlook 2010. Like you, all the defaults on all the PCs I have tried are IE. A pain isn't it? Especially not knowing how to fix it!
I's good to know that I'm not the only one. I also searched around for a solution on MS Office forums. Since there are others maybe if we all complain enough to Microsoft they will address it. I was doing the beta testing thing with Windows 10 on my laptop but I got out of it after a week and used an image backup to restore Windows 7. It was way too quirky for me. Too many programs were conflicting. I am glad they mostly ironed out my issues in the final release.
Yes JerseyBiker, if you also post on the Windows Forum, I'm sure that will help - I posted on Office - other apps (they don't have one for Outlook). It does appear to be an Outlook-only issue and I'm now convinced it is a file protection issue. Unlike Ztruker, I think Microsoft will sort it eventually as IE and Outlook are both theirs and they don't want people to move to Chrome or Firefox, especially as Edge is, well, a little blunt at the moment . I think it will get sorted in a subsequent Windows Update and it will suddenly go away, or someone will sort it as it is clearly an issue with all Outlooks (although I have no experience of Office 2016 - I may have a play tomorrow with the preview of it in a VM - if I do I will report back)!
Outlook 2016 and Windows 10!
OK - I know I'm slightly OCD, but I had to create a VM and install Office 2016
Before I tell you the result, I'll let you know the order I did things in. I had a minimal installation of Windows 10, which was an upgrade from a minimal installation of Windows 8.1. I then installed Office 2010 and the problem with Internet Explorer that JerseyBiker outlined was present - the same problem that a friend of mine has with Office 2007 (I have reproduced the fault on several different PCs with different builds - all behave the same - I have not been able to test with Office 2013 as I don't have access to a copy). I then installed the Office 2016 preview, which replaces the Office 2010. I have not changed any default settings in Windows 10 (so the default browser is still IE). I then ran Outlook and opened the test email I have with a hyperlink. I then clicked on the hyperlink and waited.....
It opened without a problem - no prompt! So, Office 2016 will solve the issue. So now I will have to save up for the £620 it will cost me to put Professional on my PC and Home and Business on my wife's laptop when it comes out later this year! (I don't like paying an annual subscription so Office 365 is not an option for me - I intend to keep the new version for about 10 years so it will be cheaper in the long term anyway!)
So, the solution is to buy Office 2016 when it comes out That is, unless someone posts a fix in the meantime.
All the very best,
This is a workaround that I have tested succesfully.
Make Chrome the default browser in the popup.
Copy iexplorer.exe from C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer to C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application
Rename chrome.exe to something else.
Then rename the copied iexplorer.exe to chrome.exe.
The links from Email are now fooled into opening Internet Explorer instead of Chrome with no popup.
This works even after a reboot.
Last edited by Billybigun; 10 Aug 2015 at 09:48.
Brilliant! An excellent idea and it works a treat - many thanks!
Sorry Billybigun, I spoke too soon - as soon as you re-boot the PC, the links don't work at all, so it only works until you re-boot the PC - rats!
I have the same issue with Outlook 2007, but have 2003 on another pc and it works fine. I hope they fix this soon, it's a pain. Edge is not ready for prime time yet.
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