July 1, 2010

[SOLVED] Fix default protocol (http...) association in WIndows

Setting default browser manually

You can manually set the default browser by selecting it as the the default program for individual file types and protocols, as follows:

  • Windows XP and earlier: Open the Control Panel from the Windows Start menu.

    • In Windows 2000 and earlier, or if Windows XP is using the Control Panel "Classic View": Click on "Folder Options -> File Types".

    • In Windows XP, if using the Control Panel "Category View": Click on "Performance and Maintenance". Then, click on "File Types" in the left column under the heading "See Also".

  • Windows 7 and Vista: Click the Start button, open "Default Programs" and then click "Associate a file type or protocol with a program". For detailed instructions, see the Microsoft article here for Vista or here for Windows 7. Note: On Windows Vista (or above), you may be unable to associate the HTTP HTTPS or FTP protocols with SeaMonkey because it does not appear as an available option. See this forum topic for additional information.

Assign the following protocols and file types to the browser you wish to set as default:

  • URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP protocol)

  • URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol with Privacy (HTTPS protocol)

  • URL:File Transfer Protocol {FTP protocol)

  • HTML File

  • HTM File (optional)

In Windows XP and earlier, you can find the URL protocols listed above in File Types, under extension "N/A" or "(NONE)".

Source: Default browser - MozillaZine Knowledge Base.


  1. The article linked http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Change-which-programs-Windows-uses-by-default addresses FILE associations, not protocol associations. There should not be any difficulty associating any protocol that is in the list with any program that Windows 7 accepts as fully functional -- but there does not appear to be any way to create a new protocol association for a protocol that isn't already in the default list.

  2. this is alright but you have left it un finished about file types, i have the same problem with outlook express url links in messages, i have been there down that (url:hyper text transfer protocol) advanced highlight open then edit then a new window opens on top which has a
    check box maked use dde well i un check this and it works so i can use the url links,but only
    until i reboot then i have to do it all over again. if you click the browse button it takes you to
    the i explorer folder which in this case is we are looking for i explorer. exe"-nohome%1 well
    on checking the folder the nohome is missing. so what has happend i notice these little things
    dissarpearing. thats why they call