Windows XP: Default Internet Browser Per User Profile

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 6, 2009
Updated • May 28, 2017
Windows, Windows XP

One of the main problems that users of multi-user Windows XP systems experience is that the default internet browser is set as a system setting that affects all user accounts. If one user decided to change the default internet browser it affects all user accounts of the Windows XP system.

So, if your mother likes Internet Explorer and makes it the default, you and everyone else will also have Microsoft's browser as the default one. That's a problem if you prefer Firefox, Chrome or Opera, or any of the other browsers better.

While it is theoretically possible to ask all users not to change the default browser, it is not practical to do. Not only are there programs that may change it automatically, but there may be users who prefer a different browser as the default one.

So, what can you do if you need to set a different default web browser for users on systems running Windows XP?


Default Browser

Default Browser is a small software program that has been designed for Windows XP users who prefer to have choice when selecting the default internet browser. The software application allows each user of the Windows XP operating system to select a personal default internet browser so that it won't collide with the choices that other users of the system make.

The application displays a list of supported web browsers after start, and also displays the current default internet browser of the computer system. Supported are a wide range of internet browsers including Firefox, Firefox portable, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari and several additional web browsers. There is even an option to select a internet browser by browsing the computer's hard drive and selecting an executable manually.

This can be useful if you want to pick a browser that is not on the default list or a portable browser that may not be installed on the system and thus not detected properly.

The portable application has to be executed by every user of the Windows XP operating system wanting to select a different internet browser than the system's default.


Default Browser is a useful software program for multi-user Windows XP computer systems as it allows users to pick default browsers without affecting other user choices on the system.

Microsoft did change how the default browser is set on newer versions of Windows. So, Default Browser is useful on XP machines only and does not need to be installed on newer versions of Windows.

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