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Can't Set Ie6 As Default Browser Even After Clean Install

Q: Can't Set Ie6 As Default Browser Even After Clean Install

I have posted this in several other forums and newsgroups during the past week. So far, no one had been able to solve it...

I removed "Spy Sheriff" from my AMD64 system. Everything worked after cleaning but XP SP2 was buggy. Internet Explorer also stopped asking to be the default browser (both Firefox 1.5.01 and IE6 were installed). I tried everything to remedy this but nothing worked.

A number of options also appear to be missing from my BIOS setup that used to be there, including the "Built-in Virus protection".

I reinstalled XP Home SP2 and both browsers but the problems described above remain. Could malware have damaged my BIOS? (my apologies if this is posted in the wrong section.)

A: Can't Set Ie6 As Default Browser Even After Clean Install

The problem probably resides in your registry, not your bios.

What steps have you taken to repair Internet Explorer?

Go to the control panel and click on "Internet Options",

Click the "programs" tab,

Check the box that says "Internet Explorer should check to see if it is the default browser".

Click "apply", click "OK".

What other problems are you experiencing?

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Hi all,

Had to format my sisters computer and reinstall XP. It all went fine but now, when in a browser (tried IE and FF), the scrolling is really laggy as in the page does this kind of re-painting effect.

I've spent all day trawling the net and trying solutions. I've updated the video driver (Intel GMA 900 - old system I know), I've tried disabling the firewall and switching smooth scrolling on and then off again.

Also having problem with no sound because of no sound driver. I know the problem here is finding the original install disc with the drivers, but I think that disc may be long gone, so was hoping there was another way to find out what soundcard it is and/or how to update it. Could the original disc also fix my first issue?

Thanks for reading, looking forward to some solutions :)

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I just performed a clean install of Windows 8 and, immediately after logging in for the first time, I opened Internet Explore to see my default homepage was I believe this software may be responsible for another problem I'm having - Windows updates refuse to install; the progress bar moves but the percentage done remains at 0. I've tried repairing windows update in the System and Security Troubleshooting bit which appeared to work at first - it said problems had been fixed, but the updates still refuse to download.

I've had arccosine hijack my browser before after installing xppaint and forgetting to opt out of installing it. How is it possible that this is present after formating my system disk? I have other, non-system disks which I guess must be the source of the problem. I'm running a full scan on Microsoft Malicious Software Removal tool as I type but it's going to take a while to finish scanning like 4TB of files.

CPU - AMD FX-8150
GPU - Sapphire Radeon HD7970 3GB
PSU - Corsair TX650V2 Enthusiast Series 650W TX ATX/EPS 80 PLUS Bronze
Motherboard - AsRock 970 Extreme3
System disk - 2x Samsung 840 Series 250GB SATA SSD
Storage disks - 2x Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB
Optical disk - LG BH16NS40 BDRW
WiFi - Edimax EW-7728In
RAM - 2x AMD 4GB DDR3 1600 CL8 Performance Edition Memory

Thank you.

A:browser hijacker present after clean Windows 8 install

If you restored any of your old files after the clean install, you probably reinstalled the virus as well.
Download and run ADWcleaner. this will remove all browser redirects and unwanted toolbars. Then click on the link in my signature for Virus/Malware Help and post in that section of the forum.

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Hope someone can help
Installed clean Windows 10 on new ssd on starting web browser (edge,chrome or ie) dependent on which one is set to default will open. On trying to type in search multiple instances will open and hijack my input. Also found that whilst typing in any program browser will open and take over input. Driving me up the wall

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So yesterday automatic Windows update installed IE10, today I noticed that links in certain applications open in IE10 instead of my configured default browser, which every link from this or any other application used to open in before that update and the reboot that followed the update.
I checked the Default Programs section in the system control panel, expecting maybe Microsoft wanted to get themselves in any more trouble with the EU and changing the default to IE. This was not the case however, all the associations were still pointing to the configured default browser, I noticed however I could not uncheck the defaults already set.
So despite the obvious configuration being correct, links would still open in IE10 even after yet another reboot.
I went ahead and checked the registry associations, and found that http(s) protocol as well as htm(l) filetypes were associated with Internet Explorer with various EditFlags set (presumably to prevent changing them through the user interface, or to ignore the user interface settings).

Seriously Microsoft? Don't you have enough trouble yet?

A:Windows Update IE10 Install messes up default browser configuration

I'd avoid IE10 and uninstall the update. It's riddled with bugs.

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Hi there and thanks for your time. I had a small search and im sure its on here but cant see a solution.

Ive just done a clean install of XP. Ive installed the drivers and software for the wifi card. (netgear wg511v2). Also i have connected to the wireless router and have established a 48 mbps wifi signal.

The Wireless network connection status box in XP is also connecting at 48 mbps and showing signal. All be it a low says in the bottom right of the taskbar over a commuter with a yellow ! triangle "Limited or low connectivity"

The problem is when i launch internet explorer " page cannot be displayed "
When i type in the address bar i get in a box with a red x circled "internet explorer could not open the search page"

In network connections when i view available wireless networks i get the wireless connection box, with the message "windows cannot configure this wireless connection" and below it " If you have enabled another program to configure this connection then use that software "

Any help would be most appreciated. It could be a conflict with the card software and xp or ive just not set up the network in xp right but these are just guesses but in all honesty im just not sure at the mo.

Thank in advance R

A:Solved: Clean install, Wifi card connects, Browser does not. Why?

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So in IE, firefox, and chrome, all google links get redirected. when you hover over the search results, the URL that displays at the bottom of your browser window does not match the url of the search result. specifically, a prefix is added that looks something like this: hxxp:// some garbage)/http://(url of search result). When you click on the link, it opens up a new browser window that takes you to different ads, or sometimes back to
ipconfig /flushdns, netsh int ip reset, Combofix, Hitman Pro, AVG, MS Security Essentials, hijack this, malwarebytes are all of the tools I've tried using to find and extinguish this virus. None of these tools found anything suspicious on the system. I eventually formatted the hard drive and reinstalled XP, which did not work either. I also rebuilt the master boot record and rewrote the partition table using the XP installation disk and testdisk. This did not help either. I booted up to Parted Magic, opened up the partition editor (Gparted), and noticed there was a little bit of space after the main partition that was unallocated. I resized the main partition to make use of this unallocated space. after I restarted the system, no more browser redirects! I brought the pc back to the owner, and it worked fine for one entire day. but now its back! could it be in the router , or might someone be specifically targeting my client?

A:Another Google Redirect browser hijacker, clean XP install doesn't fix!

Hello,Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at step 6.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Since you have run ComboFix, please include the ComboFix log in the new topic. Please be sure to include a description of your computer issues and what you have done to try to resolve them.If you cannot produce any of the other logs, then please create the new topic anyway, include the information that you were unable to produce the other logs and why and include the ComboFix log along with a description of your computer issues.Orange Blossom

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Could use some help on how to allow a user to set their default browser permanently even with IE11 being set via Group Policy as the usual default.

For logistical reasons, we are still on IE11 instead of using Edge for our default browser - mostly because our software hasn't been 100% tested with Edge and to avoid overall confusion in having made the jump as a company to Windows 10 recently.

I successfully created a default configuration associations .xml file and it is pushing IE11 as the default.

However, knowing we have some users who would like to use a browser other than IE11 and let it be their default, we're trying to accommodate them while still enforcing the policy in place. Additionally, we don't want to 100% dissuade users from
utilizing Edge, so we haven't tried removing it from public visibility within the OS.  The users in question are local admins on their machines and should, in theory, be allowed that capability.

Any suggestions?

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Hi, running windows 8.1 and i use 3 browsers, my main (default) is Opera, the issues i have are opera is set as default browser in opera settings, but for instance when checking emails say overclockers uk i see something catches my eye, i click it and link opens in opera, not in win 8.1, it pops a box up asking how do you want to open this type of link, firefox, google chrome or look for app in dam app store

i go to setup default programs to set associations and guess what, opera is not in the list
all help well appreciated

pc setup
window 8.1 pro n x64
i7 4770k
msi z87-gd65 gaming mobo
8 gig 2x4 xtreem lv 2133 xmp
msi gtx 770 gaming
ssd's n so on

A:Opera browser set as default issue - not listed in default

It is in mine:

I have Opera set as default in all 3 settings.

Perhaps reinstall Opera ?

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(Why the title can only be 70 characters? Too short. Most normal forums allow 100 characters minimum. Where to suggest this?)

Longer title: Is it possible to disable Default Browser, similarly to there is no Default Mail app?

I want to do this for added extra security for my light virtualization setup, and just for the heck of it.

A:Possible to disable Default Browser, similarly to no Default Mail app?

What are you trying to stop as s browser will start on a URL Link and also HTML file and maybe other files

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Hello, B.C.
My english is not 100% perfect, so I apologize.
After looking at how many problems were solved here I wanted to show mine, since yesterday, while not browsing or playing a fullscreen game, my default browser randomly opens, if I am playing a game, it minimizes it which makes it unplayable. And when I am browsing, no matter what browser is, my current tab switch to the browser home page, for example, In opera my home page is the speed dial, while browsing on a website e.j. wikipedia or any other, it changes to the browser home page for no reason, and that happens in all browsers, no matter what the default one is.
I do believe this is caused by a malware. I scanned my computer with both avast! Free Antivirus and Windows Defender and found nothing. I deleted opera and made firefox my default browser, it randomly opened constantly as it did with opera. I restored my system to 04/12/12 and the problem was still present (I also rebooted many times), however, as I deleted opera when restoring my system it was still there as my default browser but, when whatever was causing the problem attempted to launch it, it popped up a window telling that the launcher file could not be run, and so that window popped up randomly and it was actually the same thing, as when I deleted the launcher file, it stopped popping up the window (and a browser, because I had no default browser). When clicking the opera icon in my tool bar it opened opera like it was never rem... Read more

A:Default browser randomly opens + browser tabs randomly switch to browser home

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your Desktop.Close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Click the Scan button and wait for the process to complete.Click the Report button and the report will open in Notepad.IMPORTANTIf you click the Clean button all items listed in the report will be removed.If you find some false positive items or programs that you wish to keep, Close the AdwCleaner windows.Close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Click the Scan button and wait for the process to complete.Check off the element(s) you wish to keep.Click on the Clean button follow the prompts.A log file will automatically open after the scan has finished.Please post the content of that log file with your next answer.You can find the log file at C:\AdwCleaner[Sn].txt (n is a number). Please downloadJunkware Removal Tool to your Desktop.Please close your security software to avoid potential conflicts.Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista or 7, right-mouse click it and select Run as administrator.The tool will open and start scanning your system.Please be patient as this can take a while to complete, depending on your system's specifica... Read more

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Hi All,
I am having a video tag used in a simple html file and i am trying to open that html in IE but it is not opening.
The same file is working in Chrome.

Kindly help me out to resolve this.

Also my default IE version is IE5 how i can make it IE 9 or above as all the versions are installed in my machine. Having Windows 10 OS.

Thanks In Advance
Suhail Tandel

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So hipacritly, if you accepted the win10 upgrade, did the "fresh install option", and decided you wanted to go back to win7 in the future, how would you do it? Can you use any normal win7 install media and grab the key from win10 before you blow it away? Do you have to call in and give the robot your win10 key?

A:Clean win7 install after clean win10 install?

nightanole said:

So hipacritly, if you accepted the win10 upgrade, did the "fresh install option", and decided you wanted to go back to win7 in the future, how would you do it? Can you use any normal win7 install media and grab the key from win10 before you blow it away? Do you have to call in and give the robot your win10 key?Click to expand...

I recommend imaging the windows 7 system using acronis or some other imaging software. Then doing the upgrade activating then reverting back to the image.

Lets say you already wiped it out and did a clean install. there is no way that I no to go back to windows 7 without a windows 7 key. There are downgrade right but they still require a key (I know it's stupid).

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Recently installed the latest version of Avant browser. I have set it not to be my default browser or to check if it is default on start up. I have Firefox set as my default browser and to check if it is on start up. The problem is every time I launch Avant and use it it makes itself the default browser. I know this because when I launch Firefox it says it's not the default and also if I wan to set it as the default. I do and when I use Avant again it steals the default browser setting again. I asked about this on the Avant forum and nobody has a solution. Most people on the Avant forum use that browser as their default so they don't care if it makes itself default. Any suggestions on how to stop this? I find this behaviour from a browser to be malware like.

A:Avant Browser Hijacking Default Browser Setting.

Welcome to Bleeping Computer Anthony A This is a good article on how to set Firefox as your Default Browser: Default Browser.If all else fails, the third-party utilities offered should work for you.

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Hi everyone, 
I have this issue where the default browser is opened randomly, and when I try typing in the browser search it keeps getting refreshed endlessly. I ran AVG internet security 2014, AdwCleaner and Junkware Removal Tool, but the issue still exists. I would appreciate some support on this. 

A:Default browser opens + browser refreshes in HP Pavilion DV6

Welcome aboard   Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2 SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me. Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): to your desktop.* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Up... Read more

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Due to some corruptions in files system that can't be repair. I decide to do a clean install of vista from recovery partition preinstalled in D drive.

My question is does the clean install also clean out any hidden/unactive virus/rootkit if i format the laptop to its factory condition?

I have tried various AV software on this old laptop but the results come out clean but I still suspect there're some remain hidden as the system is slowly corrupted.

A:Clean install vista from recovery partition in D drive also clean virus?


The answer is yes it will, if you do a destructive install (Format "C") & it has not infected any other drives.

So, what drives do you have on your system? "C" (System) & "D" (Recovery) plus DVD/CD drives.

Do you have anything else? USB plug in hard drives or USB memory sticks etc. etc.

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Hi BC,
Couple months ago I spent some time in your malware forums trying to resolve issues with a constantly running Windows 7 media center which I noticed was running - not my - porn and bitcoins through. The issue progressed, solutions did not, files got locked, online access became scarce, and as I couldnt keep in timely contact with your well-intentioned helpers here, my thread was closed. To not be a burden on volunteer time, I left the idea of one on one help behind and sought additional insight on my own.
4 months after first noticing an issue, I have my same refurbished HP notebook with no accessible OS, no way to install one from disk, no income, and no hope.
I do have 12 weeks of notes from the most tenacious remote hack I believe exists. It has swallowed my entire home network and every machine in it, even those not configured for online access.
To start, I just want to get an OS on my laptop. I've long since kissed my data goodbye. I ran killdisk multiple times - the last time took 6 days - but I still have an X drive with a registry, command prompt, notepad, you name it, on my machine. I just dont have normal access to "windows"... all these individual programs I can access through command prompt.
Today I'm looking at a new security log called "backup" that starts, "administrative privileged user logged on. Parsing template defltwk.inf. Configuration engine was initialized successfully..."
I have an X drive but no C drive. I have 238Gb of unallocated space on a... Read more

A:Can't clean install Win 7: Can't create partitions or clean disk. Remote hacked.

Hard drive manufacturer?
Can you enter the BIOS?
System manufacturer and model?
In spite of your assertions...the original topic reflects no evidence of malware found, IMO.

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Hi Folks,

I just did a clean install of Win7 and must have done something wrong. I found a file called Windows.old.

I would like to wipe my hard drive completely clean and then install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium.

How do I accomplish this task? It's a good time to start over because I'm just at the stage of adding the security software. Already did the drivers but don't mind doing those over again.

I have a Dell 5150, Pentium D820, Dual Core 2.8 GHz with 3 GBs memory.

Many thanks,


A:Clean Install of Win7 - Wipe Hard Drive Clean

Do you a regular Windows 7 installation disk, with Product Key?

If so, boot from that disk by setting your DVD drive as the first boot device in the BIOS or by choosing the DVD drive from a menu. Do you know how to do that?

Midway in the installation process you will come to a screen that asks where you want to install Windows. Look for "drive options, advanced" or something very close to that. Take that choice.

At the next screen, all of your partitions will be shown. Delete them all.

That will leave you with nothing but "unallocated space".

When you install to the unallocated space, it will be automatically formatted by Windows and you should end up with a very small "System Reserved" partition and a large C partition covering the rest of the drive.

Back up your data before beginning.

Windows.old is your old installation. If you proceed as above, you won't get it.

With 3 GB of RAM, you should probably go with 32-bit.

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A very simple question - but just to confirm this - I'm using Windows 10,, and Internet Explorer as primary default browser, do not wish to remove. Could I open up a different browser and email account besides IE or Chrome (ex: mozilla, opera, avant, or whatever) NOT using google/gmail, and NOT changing my primary browser?


A:keeping IE as default browser, and open another browser

you can have as many browsers on the PC and just have 1 as default
you can have as many emails as you like, just not sure I understand the question re- email being default ?

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I have my default browser set to Mozilla Firefox. I have a few links to streaming radio on my desktop that only work with Internet Explorer, so if I want to just click the shortcut to the station, I have to set my default browser to IE. Is there a way I can make the links open in IE, but leave my default browser set as Firefox?

A:Open link with browser other than default browser?

You can download Coral IE Tab, which is an add-on for Firefox. I use it, and it works great.

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I have my default browser set to Mozilla Firefox. I have a few links to streaming radio on my desktop that only work with Internet Explorer, so if I want to just click the shortcut to the station, I have to set my default browser to IE. Is there a way I can make the links open in IE, but leave my default browser set as Firefox?

A:Open link with browser other than default browser?

A workaround would be to open IE, get your music going, then minimize IE and open FF or if it's already open, just go back to it.

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My desktop URL link is unable to access the Web based Admin console of my Netgear Router,
and various application "F1 / Help" buttons no longer give help when they need internet resources.

Previously I started with a conventional installed Firefox Browser,
but after erratic premature update releases chose the more stable Palemoon,
and placed the Portable variant on my secondary HDD because I dislike the junk that Mozilla browsers place on my system drive.
Everything worked perfectly.
I never recognized that once or twice a month only Firefox COULD meet a "Default Browser" requirement

With a brand new install of Windows on a new SSD,
and Palemoon continuing to work perfectly on original secondary HDD,
I thought all was well.
Now I know better.

My old desktop URL link to the Router was simply
I have now replaced that with a desktop shortcut to Palemoon plus argument
I may in future find more URL links that need replacing.

To access help on my applications I now have to firstly locate and secondly download relevant resources that I can quickly link to.

If I really have to then I will use a standard non-portable version of Palemoon,
But I am hoping for a clever trick that would make Windows use the Portable version as my Default Browser.


A:Portable Browser :- How to be my Default Browser and/or use a URL Link

May be geekier ways, but an easy way might be this:

Change Default Browser

Looks like with portable browsers, you will have to manually set the path.

A Guy

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I think I have a virus or malware and have been unable to get rid of it after many tries, and I am having multiple problems with this home built computer running Windows 7Pro 64bit. I installed a retail version of Windows 7Pro 64bit and I have my original installation disk. I want to do a clean erase of my 480GB SSD and then a clean install of the same Windows 7Pro 64bit. Can you tell me how and provide any cautions etc. Thanks.

A:How can I do a clean erase of my SSD to clean install Windows 7?

Hello Joseph,

If you like, a normal clean install will also wipe the drive before installing.

Clean Install Windows 7

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Hello Guys

After a while of using the new Windows 10 I faced a problem .
when any program in the Desktop wonna redirect me to some internet page the system say " How you wonna open this webset ? " . and in normal case it will give the Choose to use any Browser App I have but i can't see any app to use even Edge
so i can't go to the page , when i went to the default app page in the setting , i saw that web browser default app is clear and no app is selected i tried to select Edge or Internet browser but nothing changed it still clear , i can't choose any app to be my default browser .
you must know that i downloaded this apps before this problem , Chrome , torch , and FireFox , i think this problem happened after FireFox the last app downloaded

sorry for this Long article.


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i used web email , i have 2 account gmail and yahoo , i check my email via firefox

but sadly i wanted to try opera mail Download Opera Mail - Opera Software

well it's a nice program and but it's registered like default email client

well now can i clean\unregister opera like email client?

i haven't other email clients i used always firefox
how can i reset it


A:how can i clean\unregister operamail like default email client?

Do you mean you want to completely uninstall and get rid of opera mail? If so you can download a program called revo uninstaller that will completely get rid of the program, program folder, and all registry entires. You can download the program from the following link:

Download Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Free and Full Download - Uninstall software, remove programs, solve uninstall problems

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I had many problems with BSOD crashes, and decided to make a new clean install (SSD or harddisk).
If I make a new clean install (no upgrade) is it enough to create 1 continuous unallocated disk and then it will make a clean install
Or do I have to "clean up" my old disk first before making a clean install?

A:Clean disk before clean install?

You can delete all of the partitions on the disk that you're installing Windows to. The installer will automatically create the partitions that it needs (2 for an MBR disk, 3 for GPT), and format them. It takes very little time, at least on an SSD.

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My system setup:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
XFX PVT71PUDP3 GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported EXTREME Video Card
OCZ S.O.E 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) {TWO OF THESE}
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
SAMSUNG 18X DVD?R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black IDE Model SH-S182M
I put up the whole entire name of the parts from Newegg just to make sure I did not foget anything like model # incase you guys need it. Anyways on to the problem. Everything goes good all the way up to the Completing Installation part. It will hang there forever. I've tried a few times, sometimes it would just hang there forever until I reboot it and it gives me the usual error you all are used to hearing about about not being installed properly, or it will randomly restart on its own and give the same error. I have searched and searched and searched but I can't seem to find anything that helps. I've tried messing with the BIOS like instructed from some other help sites but I do not have much experience in the BIOS so maybe I'm missing a setting I need to change? If someone that knows about this motherboard can tell me the steps on what I should change and how to get there I would greatly appreciate it and try it out. My computer has no floppy drive just so you guys know. Also I'm not sure what version of BIO... Read more

A:Vista Home Premium Install Hangs At Completing. (clean Install)

First of all, Did you install the sata drivers?

In the Bios set every thing to default.

Vista asks for a few questions then does the rest its self. give it tops about 2 hours usually takes like 30 min or less.

You say you got an error message? Please post the entire message

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Originally I set it to install and walked away came back hours later so I wasn't at the pc watching things. Anyways I managed to damage some files or something and for whatever reasons i could not figure out how to repair them. The microsoft forum was a bust no even one person tried to help me so I got sick of waiting and deleted the partition on the drive and made a new one and formatted it within the installer loaded from boot of the vista CD. That part went fine and quick. However when arriving at the step where its expanding files it took almost an hour before it spun up the CD and began increasing beyond 0%. From there up to 5% at best increases (avg 3%) then the CD spins down and idles for at least several minutes and then spins up gets a little farther and repeat. Basically the amount of time its just sitting there is probably 20 times or more longer than the time its actually progressing. Why is this? Is it supposed to do that? It seems odd to me that it wouldn't just keep spinning the CD and continuously progressing. Especially on a system with a dual core 3.2 ghz and 2GB of ram installs should zip through no time at all. I'm sure the install will be done before anyone replies but i thought I would check here in case its something I should be concerned about as a possible problem with my system.

A:Clean install of Vista 64bit on brand new pc is this norma install behavior?

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I have looked through solutions for this issue, but the suggestions don't seem to fix my issue...

I am running Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64-bit on a Dell Optiplex 760, and try to do a clean install of Windows 10, using the ISO file which I downloaded from Microsoft & burnt on to a DVD, and instructions from the tutorial on here, which are very good. I downloaded the correct 64-bit version.

I boot from the DVD, enter my region (UK), and choose custom install, and then my hard drive does not show up on the list of where you would like to install. I have all my USB's unplugged (except keyboard/mouse).

I tried deleting my partions using MiniTool Partition Wizard (bootable DVD), so that the entire disk is unallocated. That didn't fix it. I also tried creating a new partition (NTFS) of the entire drive (to get one Primary NTFS partition). That didn't work. I also tried setting that partition as 'active'. The same.

Before formatting etc, I tried a boot from the Windows 7 install DVD, and the hard drive does show up, unlike the Windows 10 DVD.

Do you think it's an issue with the Windows 10 installer?

I downloaded another version of Win10 from the MS Tech Bench page, but same issue.

After formatting etc, during the Windows 10 boot, I tried another suggestion to open up Command Prompt (Shift + F10), and ran 'diskpart' - and no drives are found. I checked the Bios, and it was there.

So presumably that is the issue. If i ran 'diskpart' with my prior Windows 7 install, diskpart sh... Read more

A:Windows 10 clean install - hard drive doesn't show up before install

Welcome toTenforums, Simon.

I am a little concerned that the Windows 10 setup program on DVD does not have drivers to properly see and interrogate the system on your PC so that the hard drive is visible. It's the second similar case on this forum that I've seen recently. You also seem to be trying to clean install on an empty PC - is this correct, because if you do so It will not activate.

After much to-ing and fro-ing, it was finally possible to *copy the Sources folder from the setup ISO file onto a partition on the hard drive, and run the setup from there, where it wasn't possible to boot from the DVD, even though it worked elsewhere.

If you still have Windows 7 installed (and you should do for Windows 10 activation purposes - if just to obtain a genuine ticket for digital entitlement), and you have the ISO download available, the solution is fairly simple. If you haven't you will need the Windows 7 key to activate the install.

You seem pretty PC savvy so, I'd ask you to follow the bolded instructions from the * in the 5th para above.

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I recently did a clean install of Vista Home Premium x32 and upon completion am unable to connect to the internet. I received the following error: "windows unable to install ethernet controller." Upon accessing Device Manager, I noticed yellow exclamation marks associated with my network controller. I have an Acer Aspire 5536-5224 notebook. Windows could not locate the drivers on the machine and I cannot connect to locate. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure where to begin searching for the driver! Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.


A:windows unable to install ethernet controller after vista home premium clean install

Hi -

Try this Broadcom driver from Acer Support -->

Acer Support -->

Regards. . .



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Hey guys!

I have a new ASUS ROG G751JT-DH72 laptop, and I have been trying to install Windows 10 and Ubuntu on it. It came with Windows 8.1, so I upgraded to 10, then did a clean install of 10. Version was Home 64 bit.

That went reasonably well: only thing after the clean re-install was that on boot, the screen did nothing but flash on and off. I found out that I could get it unstuck by mashing F12, and that disabling fast boot fixes the problem permanently. My cleanly installed fresh Windows 10 worked perfectly.

I then installed Ubuntu 15.04 in the small space that I had left for it on the SSD, and gave it the whole 1 TB drive for my "home" folder.

Afterwards, Windows was gone. Mind you, the bootloader still showed up in the Grub menu, but when I tried to launch it, it told me something was wrong and I had to recover it. I tried, but couldn't: bootrec /scanos told me it found no Windows installations.

So I figured: second attempt! I rebooted using the Windows 10 DVD, and during parititioning nuked everything and created new partitions from scratch.

About 90% through the "Getting files ready" part, it failed. Error:

"Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error code: 0x8007025D"

I see some people here had the same thing, but not on laptops as far as I can tell. Anybody out there who has any idea how to fix this? I tried:

- Two Windows 10 discs
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A:Clean Install on ROG: Error 0x8007025D (cannot install required files)

I have the same problem.. I have tried different ways to clean install windows 10 but I still get the 0x8007025D error code :/

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Trying to install Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (KB936330) , but whenever I try to install it, the error code 80070017 appears saying the update has failed. I have numerous times to install it and it still won't allow me to install the update.

A:Error Code 80070017 when trying to install updates after a clean install.

Have you allowed Windows Update to run automatically to get all the previous updates? it should follow on to install SP1 automatically without intervention.

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I would like to install Vista Home Premium 64-bit on my home computer. I currently have Media Center Edition 2005 installed, but want to start from scratch (i.e., NOT upgrade) and install the 64-bit version of Vista Home Premium. I have two questions:

(1) If I buy the retail boxed version of Vista Home Premium, will it contain the 64-bit version in addition to the 32-bit version?

(2) When I pop the DVD into my computer and reboot, what (if anything) do I have to do to get it to install the 64-bit version? Will I be prompted to choose?

Any guidance or experiences would be greatly appreciated!


A:Vista Home Premium Clean install - what do I need to install 64 bit version?

Oh great. I can answer this question (I think lol). I could not find a retail 64 bit version of Vista Home Premium. I had to buy the Vista Ultimate. I originally bought an OEM version of the 64 bit Home premium for $119, (I had all kinds of problems that turned out NOT to be from Vista, but that is another story). I exchanged it for the Ultimate retail version which came with Microsoft support. I have recieved better "support' from this website than the official MS support BTW. Anyways........

The Ultimate version of Vista came with 2 installation discs, one the 32 bit version and one the 64 bit version. I popped the 64 bit version disc in and it installed 64 bit Vista on my computer with no additional prompts. While I was unable to find the 64 bit RETAIL version of Home Premium, I'm sure that if you do, it will only contain the 64 bit version on the disc. While I was kind of hacked off to pay much more for the Ultimate than I was anticipating, I like the additional features. Hope this helps.

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Let me start out by saying a clean install is the better way to go; however there may be some instances where a motherboard swap without having to reinstall is preferred. If you are like me and want to avoid all of the custom settings, shared drives, etc; then this option can save a LOT of time.
Recently I did this task on my own network storage system or home server. Some more modern parts became available to me for doing a build. Not only was the motherboard swapped, the system drive was cloned from an ide drive to a more modern sata drive. Here is how you go about swapping boards without a clean install.
This will work on both sata and ide type drives however if you have sata and the sata controller mode is set to AHCI or Raid, you may have problems. If your sata controller mode is set to ahci, you can attempt to swap to native ide in the system bios before beginning this task. If it boots using native ide, then you should be able to do the swap. If it does not boot when changing the controller mode, then you are out of luck.
The old motherboard was a NForce4 with a single core AMD FX-55. The new board was an Epox 945 intel chipset with a Pentium D 940. It does not get much more different than those two chipsets/cpus.

With the old board still installed, do the following. During this procedure, DO NOT reboot. Tell the system later for the reboot.
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A:Moving a Windows Install or Swapping Motherboards Without a Clean Install

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I purchased a Toshiba Satellite C50 loaded with windows 8 but want to revert to windows 7.

I have downloaded the necessary drivers and have mounted the .exe files onto a USB pen for installation.

Before I proceed to wipe windows 8 I'd like to know - if I install 7, will my trackpad stop functioning?

If so, how do I install the relevant drivers from the USB pen?

Thanks, John

A:Clean install of windows 7 - how to install drivers from USB memory stick?

99.9% sure that W7 will identify the trackpad and install it. You just run the exe's using file explorer or Start >Run then browse. You may decide to leave the laptop as the W7 install left it but you should check Device Manager to ensure there are no unrecognised devices

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This is what is happening. A friend gave me his DELL Inspririon 531 2007 Desktop. It has a pirated copy of 7 ultimate x64 (which I am not sure if this supports 64 bit). Prior to looking into how old the machine was, I was able to install 8.1 64 bit. But it wouldn't allow me to install any drivers from the DELL site. Said that the machine wasn't compatible. So, I tried with Windows 7 32 bit and I am getting this error. I have deleted all partitions, but now, I do not have that option when I choose Custom-advanced. There is no Delete option.

A few times I got the error at 5% other times at over 60%. What can I do to get this to install? It is a legit DVD of windows. Why would it have allowed 8.1 to successfully install now it is doing this? What files are missing? I have tried both deleting the partitions and not deleting. Same result.

A:Clean install error Windows cannot install required files.

Install the correct version of windows that`s on the COA, either buy a new installer from Newegg or call Dell for Recovery CD`s.

The dvd you are trying to use is corrupted and no good.

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My spouses pc all of a sudden wouldn't boot, not into safe mode or anything (vista), and so we were going to upgrade anyways to windows 7, so i bought the upgrade windows 7 and attempted to do a clean install and reformatted the c: drive which has 250gb, and each time i start the install it bogs down and gets stuck on the install files and cycles over and over and never goes anywhere. I also performed a start up repair and it cycles over and over for hours on end, please help!

A:Boot config not working, tried clean install, can't install windows 7

Welcome freakyfrowe

I assume from your specs this is an acer laptop. Check this thread for a lot of ideas.

Questions to use for help with Installation Issues

Disconnect all not necesssary USB devices, printers, ext monitors, TVs, etc.

Also this Tutorial on Clean Install with upgrade disc

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Edit: Optimize Hard Drive for Install

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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I have been experiencing a really aggravating problem with one of my
computer that I can't sort out. Perhaps you might know of a
solution.... A few weeks back my system crashed, the apparent result
of some registry changes that messed with some critical startup items.
I figured that the easiest thing to do was a clean install, given
that nothing particularly important was on the disk, and the files
that were, I easily got off by setting the drive up as an external
disk. When I went to do the install the XP installer doesn't see any
partitions on the disk. On the screen where you can choose to delete a partition or install a system on an existing one, there is just a list that keeps repeating [drive not recognized] or something along those lines. At first I figured that this was just an issue with the existing problems on the drive, so I wiped it completely clean and reformatted it. When I went back to install
again the same thing happened. Not only does the installer not
recognize the partition, but I get the blue screen of death if I try
to navigate through my options on the installer screen. I hooked up
another disk I had sitting around, and the same thing happens. I
really don't know what to do...installing a new system has always been
that easy way out of a problem, but it seems like I am up a creek here. Have
anyone ever heard of anything like this before?

A:Major issue with XP install...BSOD while trying to do clean install

Hi chodeburn

Sorry for the delay in getting a reply to you (been on vacation).

Try using the diagnostic tools for your hard drive to "zero-write" the drive: if anything is wrong with the drive, the utility will provide an error number. If the zero-write finishes successfully, it usually re-certifies the drive as error-free ---

If a 'drive-overlay' was used to help an older motherboard 'see' the total capacity of the drive, check with the motherboard manufacturer's website to see if a Bios update is available (for example, one with 48bit LBA support, to recognize large hard drives greater than 137gb). That is a better solution than a drive overlay.

Windows XP prior to SP1 did not have built-in support for drives larger than 137gb. If necessary, slip-stream your XP CD with SP2, to make for a smoother installation ---

If the drive is a SATA type drive, don't forget - especially with the earlier versions of XP, to provide your SATA driver via floppy diskette by pressing the F6 key when prompted early in the installaton procedure.

And check that your Bios settings correct, and the timings at stock speeds, before installing. [... and stay disconnected from any networks, wired or wireless, disconnect printers, cameras, webcams, scanners, multifunction devices, PDAs, memory card readers, etc. -- until the installation is finished]

Best of luck
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Recently i had a windows error that prevented me from logging into my profile, so i ended up doing a restore and that fixed the problem. But now like half of my programs are working, all failing to load. So i was thinking of just doing a clean install of windows and starting over. But the deal is that i dual boot my machine with linux mint, so i was wondering if it would be possible to do a clean install of windows 7 without having to delete the mint partition. thanks for the help in advance.

A:clean install of win7 and keeping install of mint

Welcome to Seven Forums.
Shouldn't be a problem. You should be able to delete the partition that windows resides on, create a new partition, then load Windows 7 in the newly partitioned space.

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I'm looking to buy a new laptop, seen a few models I like and they all come with windows 7 pre-installed. Problem is they all also come with a dozen or so pre-installed pieces of freeware/shareware/trial software that I have no use for and don't want and I would like to do a clean install of windows 7 when I buy to get rid of all these. How should I go about doing this?

I'll ask the vendors if they could provide me with some sort of recovery CD that will install the operating system and none of the junk but they might say no (I've done a bit of googling and have read they make money off including all these programmes). If they don't give me anything then could I get by with just purchasing an upgrade DVD even though I obviously won't be upgrading anything, just trying to go from bloated windows 7 to non-bloated version.

Thanks for help.

A:Clean install to replace existing windows 7 install

Hello Third Man, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can just uninstall the bloatware software that comes with the computer in "Programs and Features" in the Control Panel just like in Vista below. Otherwise you would have to purchase a separate retail copy of Windows 7 to do a clean install with, then install all of your drivers.

Uninstall or Change a Program - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

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Hi all, I'd appreciate any help I can get on this, my laptop hdd died a few days ago and I've been pulling my hair out trying to install w7 on a brand new HDD i bought.


HP Pavilion DV4 1228CA
Systemboard ID 30FB
AMD Turion X2 Dual Core Mobile RM 72
4Gigs of RAM DDR2
BIos F55
Factory Install, VISTA
New HDD I'm trying to install: Seagate Momentus 7200.4, 500gb

Replacing: Fujitsu250gb MHZ2250BH G2

- I boot into Windows Installation and select language.
- Shift + F10 - Diskpart - List Disk = NO FIXED DISKS FOUND
(I can see the new drive when I attach it to my desktop pc via USB enclosure, so I know it's not faulty.)

- Where do you want to install windows? - Load Drivers - I found the AHCI SATA driver here: Software & Driver Downloads HP Pavilion dv4-1228ca Entertainment Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (Canada - English)

and used the W7 86x version on my USB key. It seems to load fine, but the result is still: "No Drives Found"

I don't know where else to look for the appropriate drivers. Seagate does not provide any and there are no other drivers on the HP website.

I managed to flash the BIOS with a new version just before my old HDD crashed (it was on the fritz so I managed to back up my data on a USB)

- I've also tried the Clean Installation Guide posted here, no difference.
- I've tried formatting it in Disk Management, still no detection.
I've looked at many forum topics here and it points to an SATA non-detection issue?
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A:No Drives Found in W7 install, trying clean install on HP DV4 1228CA

When you boot into BIOS, is your drive listed?

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Hi guys... I am trying to do a clean install of Windows7 and after install began a window came up saying : Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available and restart the installation.
My PC is a COMPAQ Presario 5700F, prebuilt, Windows7 .
How/where do I find the required files and such?
Thanx for your help.

A:Clean Install of Windows7 - cannot install required files

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

How are you going about installing Windows? Vis USB, CD, or a recovery partition?

Where did you get the copy of Windows?

How far into the installation does it get?

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I have the Windows 7 key for the netbook but I was not given an install disc when I bought it from the store.
I believe it originally had Windows 7 Premium home edition on it and I updated it to Windows 7 SP1 Premium Home Edition.

I am having many issues with the OS and wish to either do a repair or a clean install. I'd rather do a repair so as not to have to reinstall everything, but if a clean install is recommended I can do that instead.

How do I go about it, without an installation disc?

A:How do I repair or do a clean install with no Windows 7 install disc?

Hello and welcome Alicia now hopefully you have all your data backed up because what I am going to suggest will wipe it and reset the machine to as it came out of the factory because it will have a special recovery partition for just tis sort of situation..

See this

The alternative is to get an ISO for the version you have from somewhere and use the orih=gianl code to activate it.

Another thing you can do is read through this as it will describe how you can use any Windows DVD - a friends or family members one just read it thoroughly if that is what you want to do but make sure you read the bit about the ei.cfg removal tool Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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I have a new, clean install of win7 and I'm trying to sync my ipad 2 with itunes but when I plug the ipad into the usb port I don't get that beep/sound acknowledgement that a device has been plugged in and installing it's drivers so itunes can recognize it?

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I'm trying to download and install utorrent or bit torrent, neither will run when I click it. They download fine but nothing happens when I double click to run. Flash player installed with no issues. I just did a clean install of XP and I'm using firefox,"there was this big bang once, now we're learnin' to use our thumbs"message edited by ganymede

A:Utorrent & BitTorrent wont install after clean install of XP

Are you downloading a file or using Run from the browser? The former is usually the best way to go.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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Could someone tell me if a re-install from a system image file on my notebook is as good as a clean install from say a retail disk.

I can not format all my drive and start a fresh. Can my System image file become glitchy or infected with a virus.???

A:Clean install vs System image file install?

Quote: Originally Posted by blake7

Could someone tell me if a re-install from a system image file on my notebook is as good as a clean install from say a retail disk.

I can not format all my drive and start a fresh. Can my System image file become glitchy or infected with a virus.???

If your system was infected when the image file was made, then a restoration from that image file will result in an infected system.

Re-installs from images are theoretically as good as a clean install. But they don't always restore perfectly. They aren't fool-proof. If you do restore an image and later have problems, you will always ask yourself "Gee, I wonder if I would be having these problems if I had done a clean install".

Images just save you time. If the time saved means nothing to you and you are the slightest bit concerned, just do a clean install and avoid the worry.

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During a virtual install, there is a question to install upgrade which says will move everything to the (new) windows folder or to install clean.
If I answer upgrade, will all my windows ?stuff? be MOVED from my Windows 7 Pro? When I close the virtual machine will there be nothing left for my Windows 7? I?d like to have access to my Windows 7 drives, camera, etc.
Or do I need to do a clean install?

A:Install Consumer Preview – Clean Install or Upgrade?

Hello Beachboy, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you are installing W8 (guest) in a VM running in W7 (host), then it will not affect your W7 installation at all since it's only a VM running in W7.

Depending on what VM program you are using, you might take a look at the tutorials below to see if they may help. Once setup using either tutorial below, you would go into the VM's settings to set what you would like to share/use from your W7.


Please, let us know if you have any further questions.

Hope this helps for now,

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Hi all,

I'm working on a re-install of all components following a complete corruption of the boot sector on my drive which could not be fixed with repairs. The last time I installed everything fresh, I had no issues. Between then and now, there have been no hardware changes on my system, but now I am having issues installing the IDT Codecs.

I keep getting an error along the following lines:

ExitError: Error=Device Object not present, restart the system and run setup again.

Running under compatibility mode, and running drivers from both the motherboard CD and the manufacturer website both have the same effect. The CD, when booted, says "This OS not support!" and only contains 32-bit vista codecs. ECS' website download indicates the IDT drivers as being compatible with Win7. Both do not work. It is almost as if the hardware "disappeared," despite the fact that I was using the drivers quite successfully till just 2 days ago, when the boot sector went kaput.

Windows has installed its own default set, which do nothing to power the 8mm jacks which I use with my speakers, but instead put sound through the HDMI, which is useless because I use a dedicated graphics card. I have tried uninstalling this codec and re-installing IDT, to no effect. Windows replaces with its own default codec.

I have referenced this thread here, but offered solutions do not seem to work for me: Intel IDT Audio Driver will not install

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A:IDT Audio Drivers Won't Install - Win7x64, clean install

Do you actually have the newer IDT audio chip or an older SigmaTel audio chip. In most cases the newer IDT drivers will not work with the older SigmaTel chips.

If the drivers are Vista compatible and the correct IDT or Sigmatel (32 and/or 64) they should work in Win 7.

When you reinstalled did you install any motherboard chipset drivers? Generally, on a reinstall if the chipset drivers are not installed then some device drivers and especially sound drivers will not install.

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Am running I.E. 6, and use Firefox as my main browser. Recently had problems with Flashplayer download, conflicted with Firefox for some reason. Anyway, used IE 6 as main browser, solved Flash problem and went to make firefox main browser, well it won't let firefox override IE as main browser. Windows mail used to go through firefox, now it goes through IE and IE refuses to give up main browser. Clicked on make firefox main browser many times and the tab for IE does not say to give up the main browser. Do not like using IE for my mail handler, ever since I clicked on IE as main browser till flash got fixed now won't revert back. Any ideas would be appreciated. Have latest version of firefox installed.

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I have Windows XP Pro, sp 2.

I want to set the default browser. For example when I hit a link in Yahoo Messenger the browser that is used is Internet Explorer. I would like it to be Firefox.



A:How to set the default browser in XP

This might help ........

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I am having a problem setting my default browser. In to reset my defaults in settings. Restore to default. Now Edge is now my default browser. Now I can't set my default browser to Cyberfox or any other browser. I press the cyberfox icon and nothing happens. The plus sign stays on next to the browser icon. I have rebooted a couple of times. Nothing has changed. How can I resolve this problem? I updated to W10 from W7 64bit about three months ago. Thanks in advance.

A:W10 won't allow to set default browser

Have you tried the following 2 methods ?

1. The Win 10 way:
Left click at Start button > Settings > System > left side, click Default Apps > right side, scroll to Web Browser > click the box > do you see Cyberfox in the list > if yes, click it.

2. The old fashioned way:
Right click at Start button > click Control Panel > top right, click View by > click either large or small > click Default Programs > wait for loading > click Set your default programs > left side, do you see your Cyberfox ?
If yes, click it > right side, click set this program as default > click OK when done.

Does any of the above help ?

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i recently clicked for firefox to be my default browser, how can i change back to IE ?
win xp, 2.7GHz, 256ram

A:default browser?

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A few weeks ago I changed my web browser from Internet Explorer to Firefox Mozilla. I have Mozilla set as my default browser, but whenever I log onto the web, it will always use Internet Explorer. Also, I have noticed that some items that I have in my Favorites Folder are listed as Internet Explorer and others are Mozilla.

What do I need to do to have Mozilla as my browser in every situation?

A:Default Browser

Not sure what you mean by "log on to the web" but it might be that your ISP requires the use of IE to do the log in. The IE favourites are those you imported, and the Mozilla are those you created/used with FF.

By the way, there is an extension for FF (View in IE) that will allow you to click on a link (or click on a page) and view it usinging IExpress. This would allow you, hopefully, to launch FF and then proceed with your login using IE.

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I need some help. How do you change your default browser for windows xp. Whenever I used yahoo messenger and I try to view someone's profile a new browser would open up and I would be able to view it. Now it seems like nothing opens up. A new browser use to open up in Mozilla Firefox. How do you set the default for this. Thanks

A:Need Help, Default Browser

don't know about firefox,but usually in a browser settings there is a box to tick
open in a new window,or some similar wording

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I generally use Opera as my default browser but since a recent windows update any links I open in my e-mail open in IE. I have set Opera as default but to no avail and I see no way to change the IE settings. I know this is a little thing but it annoys me none the less. Does anyone know how to fix this?

A:default browser

Try this
Go to search and type windows features turn on and off
Untick IE, I guess its 9

You will not be able to go on line unless the other browser is working.

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I was and still am having trouble with Windows Exployer. I can open it, but after opening a couple of pages it logs itself off. This is still happening.

I tried using Firefox instead (now have both loaded) and have it listed as the Default, but I get an Unable To Connect error everytime now. Links try to open in Firefox and will not open.

1) Why is Exployer logging off?
2) Why can't I connect with Firefox?
3) Which do feel is better?
4) How do I set up default browser? ( I can't remember how I did it)

Thanks for the help,

A:Default browser

the default browser option is present in the Settings of every browser. Just make sure you enable the check box which says Make this your default browser...

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This morning, as part of my maintenance routine, I ran Windows Update and RegCleaner.

Later, when reading E-mail, every link launched IE. I checked FF, Tools, Options, General for default browser and was assured that FF was default.

That was FF I downloaded FF Went to Add/Remove to remove FF 1.5. Task Mgr. opened, but nothing there, i.e., nothing running or not running.

Pushed big button on computer to shut down.

How do I stop IE from launching? bob j (DoctorJ)

A:Default Browser

You can set the default browser and even remove access to IE using "Set Program Access and Defaults". You should be able to find that in your Start Menu or under Add/Remove Programs.

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Hi, I need some help. Some days ago, when I clicked on a link from Windows Live Messenger, not firefox came up, but IE6. I was a bit surprised, and checked the settings, but Firefox was still the default browser. Since then, every links from an other application (WLM, Google Talk, ...) open in IE. I want every links to be opened in firefox. Please help!

A:Default browser is not the default browser

Hi Zoiddani and welcome to TSG. open up Firefox and click on tools>advanced. Down at the bottom of the page you will see system defaults. Check the box that says" Always check to see if firefox is the default browser on startup" click the check now button and select firefox as the default browser.

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OK so I updated my Yahoo Messenger. But in my impatience,
I clicked a box that popped up and as it was disappearing, I saw
that I had made Yahoo's browser my default browser! I hate it!!
I want to make Mozilla my browser that opens up when I click on a weblink!
So how can I change my browser preference?
Thank you for any advice!

A:Default Browser

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I am having a problem whereby my default browser keeps changing from IE11 back to either Edge or blank. Can someone suggest why this might be happening or what program is causing it to change? I thought it maybe the Windows Auto Update that keep changing but am now not so sure of that since the last recorded update is back on 14th January and my default Browser got changed again last evening.
The only other programs that run regularly are Norton Internet Security and Norton Utilities. However, I have been through the settings of both of those programs and cannot detect anything that would indicate that they change the default Browser.
Also, in IE11 under the advanced tab I have ticked the option the "Tell me if Internet Explorer is not the default web browser" and yet (a) I do not get a notification and (b) the default browser keeps getting changed.
Note: Please don't offer suggestions on how to set the default browser in Win10 because I am well versed in that operation having already performed it around 400~ times.
Any suggestions would be welcome - have already scanned this and other sites for solutions or those with the same problems but none seem to match my problem.

A:Default Browser

Hi, just wondering if you've successfully changed any other defaults and if so, is this the only one with which you have problems? There are some lengthy threads where people find their defaults revert to MS after restarting.

Sometimes this is found to be due to old versions of other apparently unrelated programs- example Winzip.
File associations revert to Windows default apps on every boot - Windows 10 Forums
(That's a short thread- there's a much longer one near it)

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I have a stand alone version of opera and since it's not installation
it wont show in the selection window, but it also since its windows 8 it wont let me browse

is there any other way i could "force" opera stand alone being default browser?

A:default browser

Try the Control Panel - Default Programs - Set your Default programs. Browse down the list and, if you can see Opera, set it as the default. Ok the window and out.

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I have SBC Yahoo!(c)(r) High Speed (yeagh righ) DSL Service. And I wanted to veiw a site in another language, so I had to download "korean text display". So I clicked yes and it started to download Internet Explorer 6.0 (c)(r). And i thought, "Well thats stupid, why didn't it just bundle the stupid language package with the 6.0 that came with Yahoo!(c)(r)?". So now my default web browser is Internet Explorer 6.0, and i hate it even more than Yahoo!'s (c)(r) slow speed. So here is the question, how do i switch my default web browser back to the SBC Yahoo!(c)(r) browser?
Thanks in advanced.
P.S. Yes I did get the Korean Text Display plugin with about 10 other language supports, for all thoes who were going to ask. ^_~

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I want Chrome as my default browser but every time I try and am sent to settings no browser appears in the options except Edge.

Please help!

A:Cannot set new default browser

Settings>System>Default Apps>Click Edge and Choose your new preference

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Running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit. Even if set to default browser, the IE8 is not starting up when I click a link.

In the default programs I cannot see IE8. How can I get it there ?

A:IE 8 as default browser.

you could browse for it.

press the browse button and navigate to c:\program files\internet explorer for a 32bit system, or c:\program files (x86)\internet explorer for x64 - then select the ieexplorer.exe



start up internet explorer, tools >> internet options >> programs tab

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My preferred default browser is google but at least once a day I find the default has been switched to msn. How to avoid this?

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Does anyone know of a group policy or such that will force IE as the default browser? After a fresh install via SCCM of our task sequence Opera is left as default as it's the last browser to install

A:Default Browser

Hi !
You can try following VBS script. It works fine for me. Or you can do .Adm template based on these registry keys.
Dim objShell

Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")




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Hi Guys
I have recently upgraded to Windows 10 and am slowly getting used to the system. I have one problem in that the default browser is Edge 12.1 and it is not compatible with Trusteer Rapport. I have talked to IBM and they say there are no plans to make it compatible.
I have what might be basic questions. I know how to make google chrome my default browser but how to I change it back to Edge in the future when Trusteer becomes available, and how will making Google my default browser interact with Cortana and other Windows 10 functions?

A:Default browser

If you are wanting to have the best protection from malware while banking online then there is a much better way than relying on Trusteer.....a LIVE LINUX OS or a computer
using an installed Linux OS and used for nothing else but financial transactions. See articles in links below.
A Closer Look at Rapport from Trusteer — Krebs on Security
Security Fix - Avoid Windows Malware: Bank on a Live CD
QUOTE a bit from the last link: The simplest, most cost-effective answer I know of? Don't use Microsoft Windows when accessing your bank account online.

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I am running Windows XP, have multiple user log on, and am on cable internet. If a user is logged on to the computer, whether surfing the Internet or not, a pop-up window keeps reoccurring. Upon exit of this window the logged on persons web browser default page changes automatically. The sites that the page changes to is either or I have tried Spybot and Ad-aware and continue to have the problem. There must be a file imbedded in my computer someplace. How do I remove it? Attached is the text I get when I right click on the pop-up and choose source. I hope someone can help as my kids and I do not need to see these porn pages.

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Win 10 will not allow any browser other than Edge to be the default.
Is there any way around this?

A:Win 10 default browser

Search Default Programs in the Search Bar
Set your default programs (in Control Panel)
Click on the browser you want to use
Choose any of the 2 options from the right as per your choice
Click OK and you're done !


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Hopefully, this is a simple question. If one uses someone else's computer and notices that there are multiple browsers installed, is there any easy way to determine which is the default browser?

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Hi all

I have a problem with my internet explorer in which osme sites dont work. Have tried numerous posts about it but no one seems to be able to solve the problem!

Therefore, i want to have AOL as my default browser, meanign when i click on links to my inbox on msn for example, or try to sign up with mcafee security center it opens with AOL rather than IE, thus eliminating that annoying "page cannot be displayed" message!!

I have been on the program access and defaults section on my laptop and changed AOL to my default browser, but this seems to have no effect on msn or my mcafee!

Hope someone can help me!


A:How can i make AOL my default browser?

There is a long explanation to your problem, to fully describe it. However, so that I don't confuse myself and then spread that to you. I'll make it short. AOL is not a browser. AOL is a service provider that has a "branded" browser included. That being said, the browser with the brand of AOL is in all actuality IE. So when you set AOL as default, you get IE. Hopefully I haven't confused you with that explanation.

Be (AOL) Safe

Da Animal

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Hi. I have a problem that is more irritating than a must fix. I use a dial-up connection and it always loads to IE 7. Is there a way to have my connection load to Firefox? I use Juno as my ISP. Any help with this will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

A:I want to have Firefox as default browser.

Open Firefox and go to Tools > Options > Main tab. Put a checkmark in 'Always check to see if Firefox is the default browser on startup'.

Then go to Start > Control Panel > Internet Options > Programs tab and remove the checkmark from 'Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser'.

This will make Firefox the default browser and prevent IE from trying to take ownership every time it starts.

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This morning I downloaded the latest version of Super anti Spyware. They stuck in a download of Chrome. I was trying to be careful but they managed to hide the download. I uninstalled it and now I can't make FF my default browser. How can I make FF default?

A:Problem With Default Browser

How have you tried to set FF as your default browser?

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Recently I have install Firefox 3.0 to replace my IE7 (cause IE7 keep on hanging).

I have a question : how to set my default browser from IE to Firefox? Thanks.

A:Solved: Set default browser

go to funtions=>Settings=>Advanced, in the general section at the buttom there is an option to check if it's set as the standard browser, just press it.

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This is probably an easy question, but I just want to know how to set a web browser as default. An using XP with multiple users, can each user have a different default browser?

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I want to replace with Firefox as my default browser. I have followed the instructions on Firefox but neither of them worked. First, I tried doing it via Tools, Options, Main Panel, etc. Then I tried to do it in Control Panel: Add/Remove Programs, Set Program Access, Choose default browser. I clicked OK or Apply (which ever one is on that screen).

I shut down the computer to see if that would help but it didn't make any change. I still cannot make Firefox as my default browser.

What should I try next ?

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Hi folks,

Background Reading

I am in need of some help, the company I work for have developed a custom web browser. It will be distributed in schools as part of our “safe surf” initiative. The web browser has a limited interface i.e. no address bar and only points to our website which has a directory of “porn-free” websites, which the student can click on. It does not allow students to type in a URL as that way they can access inappropriate material. All websites are pulled from the SQL database, and each website has a rating from 1 to 10. Each student has a username / password which is stored on the SQL server along with a Rating of 1-10. If a student has a rating of 5 then they can only view websites, which have a rating of 5 and below. To stop users from accessing the web from other software via hyperlinks etc they have been blocked by a software firewall.

The Problem

The student will be browsing the web through our web browser however when it comes to popup windows, or windows open in a new folder, Internet Explorer is currently being forced open, which is no use as it will be blocked via the firewall therefore a “page cannot be displayed” error is shown. The default web browser has to be changed from Internet Explorer to our custom one. I have changed all file associations for .htm / .html etc but no luck. I need a solution that will work across Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003. I know this may be impossible but I could really do with some feedback.

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A:Change Default Web Browser

I am sure someone will come along with a Registry fix for you, but if I were you I would program it into the install of the software to make it the default browser or have an option in the software to make it the default browser. Mozilla and Opera both do this.

I am kind of suprised that your programmers dont know how to do this.

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I put chromium on my desktop computer, but now it wont set as default browser (no metro mode). Instead I see three IE icons on the "Set as Default" box?

A:Chromium not becoming default browser?

Originally Posted by starfire221

I put chromium on my desktop computer, but now it wont set as default browser (no metro mode). Instead I see three IE icons on the "Set as Default" box?

Have you tried this? Control Panel>Programs>Default Programs>Set Your Default Programs>Click onGoogle Chrome>Click on Choose Defaults for this Program>Check boxes for HTTP and HTTPS>Click on "Save" and close out open windows. Chrome should now be your default browser - at least it works for me.

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My problem is that any of my web browsers randomly opens on its own without being called upon. Some times it might open as much as 40 new web browser windows, I have tried formatting my hard drive, I have switched between 3 different operating systems (windows 7, 8, and 10) and I have the most recent kaspersky Internet security installed. Please see attached FRST.txt and Addition.txt as instructed in the guide.Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version:07-02-2016Ran by Bigtij (administrator) on DESKTOP-7U0JQMT (11-02-2016 12:30:21)Running from C:\Users\Bigtij\Downloads\ProgramsLoaded Profiles: Bigtij (Available Profiles: Bigtij)Platform: Windows 10 Home Version 1511 (X64) Language: English (United States)Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Chrome)Boot Mode: NormalTutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: Processes (Whitelisted) =================(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)(AMD) C:\Windows\System32\atiesrxx.exe(AMD) C:\Windows\System32\atieclxx.exe(Hewlett-Packard Company) C:\Windows\System32\hpservice.exe(Apple Inc.) C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe(Kaspersky Lab ZAO) C:\Program Files (x86)\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 16.0.0\avp.exe(Apple Inc.) C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe(Validity Sens... Read more

A:Any default browser opens on it's own.

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Have only just worked out a problem I have had for some time regarding a website not displaying correctly in IE.

I have a slideshow on the main page. I have never been able to get this to work in IE 7,8,or 9. Instead of showing the slideshow one image at a time, they line up down the page one after the other. My client, however, sees it working correctly on her computer in IE. For months I have intermittently scoured my computer to see if I had made some change to a setting that was causing this.

Today I tried somethig and it worked. I made IE the default browser and lo and behold the page is working as it should.
My default browser is Firefox. All other browsers when tested show the slideshow as it should be. I of course changed back to Firefox after the test!

Does anyone know how to fix this issue?

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I have Qupzilla web browser and want to make it my default but it is not listed in the custom settings of add/remove programs-I have XP. Is there another way. Firefox is not listed either but as you know I'm having an issue with it. Or do I have another problem?

A:How to Set Qupzilla as Default Browser

Problem resolved. Feel free to delete this post.

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I'm using Jarte Word Processor and i like to use the open Hyperlinks function allot and i was just wondering if it was possible to change my default browser for this to google chrome or anything but IE?

A:Hyperlink default browser?

i've never used jarte word processor b4, but can you goto start (on your task bar) and set program access and defaults from there?

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I'm using a Dell Inspiron mini, running Winxp Service pack 3. I use Avast Antivirus and have been using Malwarebytes since the problem began. I have purchased an external drive and backed up all the files on my computer.

A week or so ago I noticed the following symptoms:

*upon launching Firefox, each time it now tells me Firefox is not my default browser, would I like to change it to Firefox;
*clicking on links (especially from google) redirects me to a variety of websites that I did not click on;
*I have multiple warnings from Malwarebytes telling me that it has blocked access to a potentially malicious site with the following ip addresses:

Running a full system scan with Avast it tells me "rootkit found MBR-Alurec" but deleting the file and restarting with a fresh scan just brings up the same message.

Malwarebytes scan gave no results.

what other info is needed, and what suggestions do you have?

Thanks so much!

A:browser default changes, redirects, and more

Hello and welcome. please do these next and see how it is.Please download aswMBR ( 511KB ) to your desktop.Double click the aswMBR.exe icon to run itClick the Scan button to start the scanOn completion of the scan, click the save log button, save it to your desktop and post it in your next reply.>>>Please download and and extract it.Run TDSSKiller.exe. Click on Change Parameters Put a check in the box of Detect TDLFS file system Click Start scan.When it is finished the utility outputs a list of detected objects with description.
The utility automatically selects an action (Cure or Delete) for malicious objects.
The utility prompts the user to select an action to apply to suspicious objects (Skip, by default). Let the options as it is and click ContinueLet reboot if needed and tell me if the tool needed a reboot.Click on Report and post the contents of the text file that will open.

Note: By default, the utility outputs the log into system disk (it is usually the disk with installed operating system, C:\) root folder. The Log have a name like: TDSSKiller.Version_Date_Time_log.txt.>>>I'd like us to scan your machine with ESET OnlineScanHold down Control and click on the following link to open ESET OnlineScan in a new window.
ESET OnlineScanClick the button.For alternate browsers only: (Microsoft Internet Explorer users can skip these steps)Click on to download the ESET Smart Installer. Save it to your desktop.Double click on the ic... Read more

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I have IE 9 and Firefox 5 in WIN 7.

How do I discover which one is the default browser ?


I use one very simple method. Close all open browsers. Then write some url address like that and hit enter
Whatever browser open it - thats the default one. If its not the one that you want to be default then fix the settings in the desired one

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Hello All,
Got a pretty tough one! Have a WinXP MediaCenter 2002 computer that launches "only" the default browser (IE, Firefox, etc...) and starts popping up multiple tabs until the browser crashes (Doesn't matter whether the browser is open or not). I have run all forms of detection utilities (Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, Spybot, Counterspy, McAfee Stinger, etc..., tried Rootkit Revealer, Rootkit Hook Analyzer). Nothing seems to detect this infection! I've performed sfc /scannow, uninstalled and reinstalled SP3 and have to tip my hat to whomever programmed this one! I thought. I was an expert at virus/spyware/malware removal, but this one has me stumped! I've attacged the hijackthis log and hope someone can help or has encountered the same problem.

Thanks in advance!

A:Default Browser Popups

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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I am having browser issues that I don't know if anyone else is having. I am using Flock and it is supposed to be set to default but when I click on a link outside of the browser it will either do nothing or will open the site in IE8. also whenever I open the browser it goes into the safe mode menu and also asks if I want to set it to the default. this is annoying as it is the only issue I am having with Win 7 apart from not running Combat Arms EU.

A:Default Browser Issues.

Click on Start and search for "default programs". Be sure that Flock is set as the default browser.

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Hi, I was woundering how to make Avant browser as default browser Please help

A:make default browser

It would help to know your Operating System.

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I want to use firefox as the default browser. I have it at the top of 'start'. However when I click the link in email, outlook, Internet Exporer is coming up. How can i change it to firefox?

A:Changing the default browser

if you are using XP, you ought to be able to do this with [Start] -> [control panel] -> [Add or remove programs] -> [Set program access and defraults] and make the changes you want.

See the link below for screenshot.

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I have figured what the problem is. I don't need any more input

A:How to change an app's default browser

Open Tools in Firefox, click on Options, toward the bottom of the page you will find System Defaults, click on Check Now.

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How do I change my default browser settings?. I have done a search but no luck. Thanks in advance for any help.

A:How Do I Change My Default Browser?

Which browser are you switching to?If you're switching to FireFox, to make that your default, go to Tools>Options>Main TabOn the bottom of the window, there's a default settings and check the box to make sure that it checks to keep FireFox the default browser. Then click on the button next to it, "Check Now".If you're wanting to make sure IE is your default, if you've used FF at all, make sure that box is unchecked and open the IE browser. Click Tools>Internet Options>Programs TabAbout 2/3 of the way down, there is a box to check and then click on "Make Default". If there's another browser you are looking to make your default, let me know. Good luck!

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How can I chang my default browser?

A:How can I change my default browser?

Hello thefabe,

Usually during installation of the 3rd party party browser (ex: Firefox), you will have the option to make it the default program.

If not, then you can also select it in Default Programs to make it the default browser. The program itself will usually have it's own settings that you can select to make it default as well.

Hope this helps,

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