FireFox Not Your Default Browser – After Windows Update… Again?

Another dose of Windows updates, exactly a week after the previous set, thank you Microsoft, I’m having funsmile_baringteeth

  • Security Update for Windows XP (KB931784)
  • Security Update for Windows XP (KB931261) 
  • Update for Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter (KB932330) 
  • Security Update for Windows XP (KB930178) 
  • Security Update for Windows XP (KB932168)

Dear Microsoft, could you please kill he annoying pop-up that wants me to reboot every 15 minutes or so?  When you take weeks to fix bugs, the World will not come to an abrupt end if those updates take effect a few hours later.  I *own* this PC and it’s my time, when I already told it I would reboot later, stop bugging me!

OK, so I give up, rebooting now… back .. starting FireFox, the “usual” message: 

“FireFox is NOT your default browser … etc.”

Wait, I’m not falling for it.  After last time, both Microsoft and Mozilla contacted me, and together they determined that Microsoft did NOT hijack the browser, FireFox was indeed still the default browser, the problem was in a check that FireFox should not perform. 

While I can’t know what’s going on now, I suspect the ball may be in Mozilla’s court – time to reopen that bug report.




  1. Anonymous says:

    Zoli: was checked in on the trunk but not on the Mozilla branches yet. So if you are running you will still see the bug. It has approval for checkin on the branch.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ouch .. Marcia, I ran out to the backyard, checked the large tree… both the trunk and the branches…. did not see anything 🙂

    Joke apart, although I suspect what you’re saying, would you care to translate it into English for my more “mainstream” readers … 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey Zoli ,, I feel your pain ,, several yrs ago I built my first PC and learned much about PC’s Windows and Hardware software compatibility .

    That all changed 2 yrs ago , when I bought a new G4 12inch Powerbook , I bought it because of my first Ipod mini ,, it just worked the first time .

    I love my Mac , very few times am I interupted with annoying updates ,, spyware and virus scanning ,,

    While my current Desktop is still adequate for occasional use .

    My next laptop will be another MAC , not a PC

    John Piercy

  4. Anonymous says:

    OK, here is the quick and dirty explanation:

    The “trunk” is our development branch. We usually check things on that branch before we land on our active branches so that we can “shake things out” to see if there are any issues. We currently have two active branches->Firefox 1.5.0.x and Firefox 2.0.0.x. We recommend that users use the latest Firefox 2.0.0.x release, since the 1.5.0.x branch will be end of lifed soon.

    Once a fix has “baked” on the trunk for a sufficient time, we will then move it to the relevant branch(es) and do further testing on it there. In this case, the fix you are referring to has not yet been checked in. I can certainly update any interested parties when it lands on the 2.0.0.x branch. Hope this helps a bit.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi Marcia,

    Thanks, it certainly helps. I hope the fix will make it to the “branches” and whatever else is needed to release it BEFORE the next WinUpdate.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Nice. We should all send microsoft that letter.

  7. Open Regedit and check: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\HTTP\Shell\Ope n\ddeexec\Application
    If default says “IExplore” – change to “Firefox” .

    It helped me…

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