Windows ignoring default browser selection under certain specific circumstances

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by M, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. M

    M Guest

    It was suggested to me that I might raise a niggle I found with how Windows
    launches (or doesn't!) the default browser under certain specific
    circumstances, perhaps with a view to it being addressed by the developers
    at some point. I hope I've got the right forum.

    The problem I (and others, as far as I can tell) have is on an XP machine
    and relates to opening internet shortcuts from within subdirectories of the
    Links folder (which itself is of course a subdirectory of Favorites), when
    the selection is made via the Windows *Links toolbar* on the *Desktop*. In
    such instances, IE is always selected irrespective of the default browser

    For the avoidance of doubt, let me stress that it only seems to happen when
    *both* of the following are true:

    1. The shortcut being selected is in any *subdirectory* of the Links folder,
    *not* within the top level of Links itself.
    (I.e. to reproduce this problem you would first need to go to the Links
    folder in Explorer and then choose <Right click> > New > folder > 'whatever
    name' and then put some internet shortcuts into that subdirectory.)

    2. The shortcut is being accessed/selected *not* via Explorer, *nor* via the
    browser, but specifically via the *DESKTOP LINKS TOOLBAR*. This is the one
    that first needs to be set up by right-clicking on the taskbar on the
    Desktop and selecting 'Toolbars' > 'Links'. This toolbar can then be
    dragged out onto the desktop or docked to some other edge of the screen.
    When clicking on a subdirectory name from this toolbar, a drop-down list of
    the contents of that subdirectory is produced, but selecting a shortcut from
    the drop-down list always seems to result in IE being launched.

    As far as I can tell, the problem seems to stem from the fact that when
    shortcuts are selected in the very specific manner described above, the
    responding process is svchost.exe (not explorer.exe), and this seems to
    launch IE irrespective of any default browser selection.

    If there's an existing solution (e.g. Registry hack) to this minor
    irritation, I'd be pleased to hear, but if not perhaps any MS developer
    reading this can make a note to force later versions of svchost.exe to
    honour user default browser selections? Then again, maybe I'm the only
    person in the world who uses the Desktop Links toolbar?!

    Many thanks
    M, Feb 15, 2006
    1. Advertisements

  2. M

    Necromancer Guest

    Hi M
    Links is an Internet Explorer toolbar. It's the same as selecting
    View -> Toolbars -> Links on Internet Explorer. Thus having the Links
    toolbar on your desktop is for convenience and is still an IE toolbar. So
    naturally, clicking on it would launch IE. You don't get that sort of
    browser abstraction in Windows XP. Internet Explorer is everywhere :)

    Necromancer, Feb 15, 2006
    1. Advertisements

  3. M

    M Guest

    That's fair enough. Although...

    That said, it only launches IE (whatever the default) if the shortcut is
    contained within a subdirectory of the Links folder. If you select a
    shortcut that's within Links itself (i.e. not within a subdirectory of it)
    then it's the default browser that is launched (e.g. Firefox, or whatever).

    They can't really have it both ways! (Well, obviously they can, or else I
    wouldn't be in here typing this right now!...)

    I think I can probably cope, even if they don't correct the inconsistency...
    sniff, sniff ;-)
    M, Feb 15, 2006
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.