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Win 8.1 laptop can't remember default browser?

  1. #1

    Posts : 88
    Windows 8.1 Pro Media Center x64

    Win 8.1 laptop can't remember default browser?

    I'm actually having a very odd problem...

    I have an older laptop that I have updated to Win 8.1, installed drivers, etc.

    At some point, 8.1 stopped remembering that Opera is my default browser and when an active hyperlink is clicked from a window (such as from Steam, Skype or other source) the notification pops up saying that a new app is available to open this link. It shows: IE, Chrome, and Firefox, and asks "How do you want to open this link?" it says: "Keep using Internet Explorer (Default)", "Open with Firefox" and "Open with Chrome."

    From here, I am forced to go to the Opera shortcut that I have pinned to the start screen, and open the link from there, and the problem repeats each time I use a link. I have a habit of right-clicking links and sending them to new tabs in Opera, but when I do left-click, the notification that a new app is available to open this link and the option to select IE, Chrome and Firefox persists.

    Obviously, I would like to move back into using Opera, but I can't get Win 8.1 to remember the browser. It is almost like Opera doesn't exist, except for the fact that it is visibly there.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 2,613
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    is there a setting in Opera to set it as the default browser
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  3. #3

    Southern California
    Posts : 788
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64

    Can you set your default browser in default programs?
    Change which programs Windows uses by default - Windows Help

    Check to make sure any toolbars, coupon stuffs, etc are uninstalled, and check for malware. If you'd like, malwarebytes (.org) has a free and paid version of a malware scanner that is highly praised for its effectiveness. Try it out if you need to scan your computer for baddies.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 88
    Windows 8.1 Pro Media Center x64

    Three things fixed it;

    First, associating .htm and .html protocols with the browser I want as default.
    Second, selecting the "yes" option to the default browser question. (innocuous, I know.)
    Third; Windows Update
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  5. #5

    its the browser not windows
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