Microsoft to Make Minor Changes to Ease Access to Rival Browsers

Friday April 4th, 2003

A Bloomberg article at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—owned reports that Microsoft have agreed to make it easier for Windows XP users to set their default browser and other middleware. At the request of the US Department of Justice, Microsoft will make a few minor alterations to the changes they implemented as part of their antitrust settlement last year, including moving the Set Program Access and Defaults icon to a more promient location on the Start menu and producing a tutorial that will explain how to use the feature.

The Set Program Access and Defaults Control Panel applet was introduced as part of the settlement Microsoft made with the DOJ, which was approved by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly last November. In that settlement, the software giant agreed to update Windows to make it simpler for users to select their preferred browser, mail client, media player, instant messaging application and Java virtual machine. These updates shipped with Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 and Windows XP Service Pack 1. Microsoft argues that these changes fully satisified the terms of the original settlement but have agreed to "go the extra mile" anyway. ProComp's Mike Pettit says the revisions "will not do a thing to meaningfully restore competition." Thanks to Adam Hauner for the link.

#9 Re: Not old news, but not good news either

by Ascaris <>

Sunday April 6th, 2003 9:10 PM

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> In Windows XP, we can't, and we can't even delete its files manually because of Windows File Protection.

Sure you can. Just select all the files in the OE folder, drag them to \windows\system32\dllcache (hidden dir; change as necessary to reflect the location of XP), select Yes to all, then do it again. Then hit delete and reassure windows that it is okay if necessary. Do the same in \windows\Servicepackfiles\i386 too. Then you can delete all of the files in the OE folder (make sure the XP CD is not in the drive). When WFP commands you to put the CD in, select cancel, then say YES when it asks if you want to keep the unauthorized versions.

This also works with any other garbage MS tries to keep on your hard drive, whether you want to or not.