GPO to set Internet Explorer as Default Browser

Posted on 2014-07-14
Last Modified: 2014-09-10
I recently had a browser incompatibility for a web application that many users need. As a work around I had them use firefox while I troubleshooted IE.

Now that I have IE sorted out, I want to force IE back as the default browser for all users.

I found that I can set each file extension (.url . html, etc) under user > Pref> Control Panel > Folder Options

This seems to work fine after some basic testing. It does not though, change the actual "Default Program" back to IE. So any desktop shortcuts still have a firefox icon and I'm sure I will run into other issues further down the road this way.

Is there a better way to do this besides by just file extenstion?

My domain controllers are server 2012 R2 and the workstations are windows 7 pro with Internet Explorer 11
Question by:bts86
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    Choosing IE as default browser adjusts all file types and nothing else. You need to do ALL of them and all will be ok.
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    I found this link.. just to share

    Credit goes to McKnife....!!!
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    Thanks for all of the info.

    I added entries for all possible file extensions for browsers but not all are applying. I see this in the windows application log:
    Source: Group Policy Folder Options   Event ID: 4098
    The user 'htm' preference item in the 'IE Default Browser {837E4BF2-B788-4659-8FE0-28F89C0A4865}' Group Policy object did not apply because it failed with error code '0x80070005 Access is denied.' This error was suppressed.

    The ones that are not applying are: htm html xht and xhtml

    Ive tried setting the gpo as 'update' as well as 'replace'
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    "Credit goes to McKnife....!!! " - or so it seemed... ;-)
    bts86, you can do this using logon scripts, also. Simply use reg.exe to manipulate the registry.

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