User-Agent: Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.6) Gecko/20040206 Firefox/0.8 I am currently unable to run Firefox as my default browser because my girlfriend likes to use Internet Explorer. We have two separate Administrator accounts on Windows XP, and for some reason when I set Firefox as my default browser, it gets set as the default under her account as well. It is my opinion that default browser settings should be on a per-account basis, and setting my default browser to Firefox should not change her default setting of Internet Explorer. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Set Firefox as the default browser under one Windows XP account 2. Login under another Windows XP account on the same machine 3. Go to Start, Run and type in www.mozilla.org and hit OK Actual Results: URL opens in Firefox instead of IE (or whatever the default browser was for that account). Expected Results: The 2nd account's default browser setting should have persisted, and the URL should have opened in IE (or whatever the default browser was for that account).
I'm pretty sure this is a limitation of Windows, I think the default browser is a global setting.
Regarding comment 1, I was really hoping you wouldn't say something like that ;) I did a little Googling and found a somewhat ambiguous thread on the subject at http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/t1038583704 I'll try messing with the customized Set Program Access and Defaults settings when I get home and update this bug depending on my findings.
I went to Set Program Access Points and Defaults (located under Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs) tonight, but was unable to set Firefox as the default browser on my account and leave IE as the default on my girlfriend's account. I tried several combinations of the Custom setting. I noticed at least once that when I tried to set Firefox as the default using that Custom dialog, the process basically hung and never finished. Anyone know if Firefox knows how to handle that method of setting it as the default (if it even should)? I'd be interested if anyone else has played around with these settings and knows how to set Firefox as the default on one account and not another.
related Bug 220865
Related info in thread: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=65432 Specifically, the following quotes: "then the other members of your family can login with their usernames and choose their settings desktop,browser, e-mail client whatever they want... This are per user settings [...] (This work on every windows OS that I have try before Windows 98/ME, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003)" "Yup, but this is a error from the Devs of Firefox they should write the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Desktop key to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Desktop"
per http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;299853 this is only supported on XP. However, its worth considering. This would be useful to me since my wife really hates buggy nightlys :) -> ben for consideration This isn't really a bug, since this is how its worked until XP, the fact that we can now implement something XP-specific is an enhancement.
Assignee: firefox → bugs
Severity: normal → enhancement
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
QA Contact: mconnor
Summary: Setting Firefox as default browser propagates to other XP accounts → Use HKCU instead of HKLM for default browser settings on XP
*** Bug 220865 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 238507 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
15 years ago
Status: NEW → ASSIGNED
Component: Preferences → OS Integration
15 years ago
Priority: -- → P2
Target Milestone: --- → Firefox1.0beta
1 - add a parameter to setDefaultBrowser/restoreSettings to allow the operation to occur for all users (true) or just the current user (false) - and update call sites. 2 - per-user keys may not exist, so make a new "OpenUserKeyForReading" function that first looks for a user key, then falls back on an all-user key. 3 - create a function that properly checks access privileges when opening a key and returns a result that call sites can check for, update call sites to use these new functions. 4 - update terminology throughout file to indicate new preference for HKCU vs. HKLM. 5 - fix bug caused by bsmedberg - add shellservice.properties to new locales jar.mn
I believe this to be fixed, br & trunk.
Status: ASSIGNED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
We actually do set it as default for all users in one case? Wow.
The patch for this bug may well implement the change described in the summary of this bug, but Reporter of this bug has verified to me in email that his problem still exists: individual users on the system are forced to share the "default" client (of any sort: browser, mail, media player, etc). This is a problem with Windows itself; see bug 220865 comment 6.
According to http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/regentry/69673.asp?frame=true Windows uses the information of HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT to determin which programs to start. As of windows 2000: "The content of HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT comes from two sources: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes. If a subkey or entry appears in either location, it also appears in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. If the values of entries in the two Classes subkeys conflict, only the value in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes appears in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT." Conclusion: HKLM for system default and HKCU for user default and check for default in HKCR
is this a dupe of 220865?
sorry. my error :(
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