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.
The information in the article only refers to Win2000 SP3, which has internet explorer 5 already installed.
Give that file a chance to appear. At the time of writing a search on the ms kb for Q810649 still shows no results (to get the url quoted by mozine I had to find another article and replace the Q number).
IIRC SP3 comes with the "Set program access & defaults" extention to the Add/Remove Program control panels and the automatic windows update - which is how I got the update.