Microsoft Patches Windows 2000 to Respect Users' Default Browser Choices

Thursday December 19th, 2002

Ian Thomas writes in with news of a Windows 2000 patch that causes hyperlinks in Windows Help, the Accessibility Wizard, Magnifier, Narrator, the On-Screen Keyboard, the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel and the Active Desktop to open in the default browser instead of Internet Explorer. It's good to see Microsoft respecting user preferences and reducing the number of situations in which Internet Explorer is forced upon the user.

Update! If you don't want to use IE to get the update, the links to the setup files are posted in our forums. Also, there seems to be an update for XP Home and Pro as well.

#10 didn't work

by sdsalsero

Friday December 20th, 2002 1:45 PM

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I did as you suggested, and told Phoenix to re-assert itself as default but it's still not working.

When I went into Add/Remove Programs, I got an error message: "Can't move focus to the control because it is invisible, not enabled, or of a type that does not accept the focus. res://appwiz.cpl/"

Any idea what caused that? I'm assuming that Phoenix got asked to draw something too IE-specific.