Vista - Cannot add Internet Explorer to Default Programs list

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Hi all,

This is driving me nuts! I have both Chrome & IE9 installed on an HP laptop running Vista Ultimate with all updates installed.

Chrome is set to the default browser, however nothing I have tried can reset IE back to the default browser. I have tried advice from MS forums and various others but no matter what IE cannot be made the Default Browser and refuses to list in the "Default Programs" list. Google Chrome is listed but not IE.

I've tried uninstalling Chrome & re-installing. I've also tried uninstalling & re-installing IE but with no success!

Any help would be gratefully appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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Is Internet Explorer an available choice in the Custom selection under Set Program Access and Computer Defaults?

How about from Internet Options in IE? From Tools > Internet Options, the Programs tab should have an option to Make default (button) and/or "Tell me if Internet Explorer is not the default web browser" check box option for which you should be able to re-establish IE as the default browser upon launch.
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<<Set Program Access and Computer Defaults>>

The option should be available where you find your Set your default programs option from Control Panel > Programs.

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Thanks Yobri. Already tried all your suggestions, but no luck.
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Are you able to associate file types (Associate a file type or protocol with a program) like .htm and .html with iexplore.exe manually? Or does this not even stick?
Yes I had tried that previously and it had worked for the individual associations, but it still didn't add IE to the default programs list.

But I have now discovered that IE had been deleted from the Registered Applications in the registry , so I added it back in and Bingo! it works.
I wish I could find the answer that gave me this link so I could award some points, but I can't seem to locate it anywhere.

But this is the link that helped me solve the problem and put IE back in the registered programs section in the registry:

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/default-programs-list-is-completely-empty/

Hope this helps someone else!

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You have to edit the registry to make this work, so normal precautions apply!

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