One web browser is always the default system browser on a computer system. That's the program that is launched when you click on links for example or any other file type that is opened in a browser by default.
The majority of computer users on Windows come into contact with multiple browsers. They got Microsoft's Internet Explorer installed by default on the system and download and install at least one additional browser, usually Firefox, Google Chrome or Opera.
These browsers perform a check on startup to see if they are the default browser on the system. If they are not, they display options to make them the default browser.
That's usually the end of the story. Once you switch the default browser you are all set up to work with that Internet browser on the system. There may be situations on the other hand where you need to switch the default browser multiple times.
This can be in a development environment where you have installed multiple browsers. To make the testing easier, you switch default browsers. But it can also have technical reasons.
Say you do not get the prompt to make your favorite browser the default browser on the system. While you could edit the Windows Registry manually for this or try to uninstall and re-install your favorite browser, you might also use a program like Change Default Browser for the job.
The program supports the four web browsers Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Opera. It detects installed browsers automatically and displays them in the interface. You can use the browse button to select a different browser, for instance if you have multiple versions of a browser installed on the system or are using portable browsers.
You can even select other programs or executable in case you want to make a different browse the default on the system. This means that you may add PaleMoon, SeaMonkey or any other Internet browser to each of the available listings.
To make a browser the default, simply select it in the program interface and click on the Set Default Browser to make it the default system browser.
If there is something to complain about it is the need to install the application before you can change the default browser on the system. Other than that it is a solid program with no downsides.
You can download the program that is compatible with all recent 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows from the official program homepage. Please note that you need to run the program with elevated rights as it needs to make modifications to the Windows system registry.
Update: The program website is not available anymore. We have uploaded the latest working version of the program to our own server. You can download it with a click on the following link: changedefaultbrowser_setup.zip
Note that we don't support the file in any way and that it may not work properly on newer versions of Windows.
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