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.
Now I test it, I have the same problem (I didn't reboot before). I also can't find why add/remove programs would want to open a link in a browser other than IE. The only link in there I can find is in windows update which requires IE.
I tried setting my default browser to Netscape 7 (mozilla is not listed) but with no luck. I did have explorer crash on me twice though.