Up until about a year ago i was able to open links from for example chat application such as Mirc (an irc client)... then links would open into FF (since at the time i had it set as default browser).
For some reason after a win update I lost ALL association to FF.. everything was opening in IE. I manually set some things to open with FF but the persistent problem is still that im unable to click on links in for example an irc client without it opening in IE. No its not a fault with the irc client, Start/run Google
will open IE when before it was opening in FF.
Right all that said a few things to point out.. I KNOW how to make FF default. ive done it many many many times before over many versions of Windows. The problem here is something deep in windows, I suspect perhaps the registry.
Control panel / net options / default programs / Set your default programmes
Here right at the top is FireFox.. IE is not listed.. i click on FF and everything seems to be checked for association.. great. yet.. links are opening in IE
Control panel / net options / default programs / associate a file type or protocol with a specific programme
Here i scroll right down until i see the "Protocols" page break .. and under those i see FTP, HTTP, HTTPS (all set with IE icons and set to open with IE) even tho according to ((Control panel / net options / default programs / Set your default programmes)) its clearly not?? so what the hell is going on here?
So anyway.. i click on for example FTP, then click the "change programme" button.. a window comes up showing available browsers, and guess what, the only icon there is IE .. no sign of FF, despite vista clearly telling me otherwise, and despite FF clearly being installed.
Before anyone asks
Yes i have uninstalled and reinstalled FF more times that ive had hot dinners.
No i cant uninstall IE because MS makes it impossible to do so.
Yes i have done plenty of system restores since this issue has arose.
Yes ive tried installing various older versions of FF
Yes ive tried safe mode with all the above steps repeated
No i don't have any viruses and spy ware or anything that might be effecting this issue in that way.
No i have not reinstalled windows, simply because this pc i got 3 or so years ago came with it pre-installed.. they didn't provide support disks (which i wasn't too bothered at the time about), but now im sorry i didn't bring it up. I cannot afford 100+ euro to spend on an OS that is already working perfectly fine (apart from this issue of course) ...
so before anyone comes at me with any of the above, or lazily concludes "just resinstall windows" ... you now know why.
although this issue isn't really a serious one, it is rather annoying, i am helping with support chat rooms that require people posting links regularly, my life has become just that little bit more of a pain in the behind since this issue started about a year ago.
So anyway today I decided to do something about it since i cant seem to fix the problem myself, or get any valued help from other forums.
Dose anyone know what is going on here? why is windows showing FF as defualt then in another dialogue showing IE as default.. Why is FF not appearing as a usable browser in windows (associate a file type or protocol with a specific programme dialogue).
I sure hope someone can help