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"How do you want to open"? STOP ASKING!

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    "How do you want to open"? STOP ASKING!


    One big annoyance in Windows 8 is this dialog box, which pops up any time some external program wants to launch a browser to display a Web page. I've already answered this question several dozen times, but apparently it doesn't like the answer I keep giving. If I was paranoid, I might think this was a Microsoft conspiracy to force people to use IE, but I'm not that paranoid. It obviously knows my previous answer by the "Keep using" wording, yet it still refuses to accept that as my final word on the subject. How can I get this window to go away and not come back?

    (EDIT: I found a thread on Microsoft's forum from a guy having essentially the same issue, but so far, no one there has come up with an answer, either.)
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    Sorry, no good. If you read the link I just added to the original message, you'll see that that screen is already set the way I want it, and unsetting and resetting it doesn't stop it from asking.
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    Windows 8.1


    Unfortunately, I can't recreate your situation because I only have Firefox on my laptop; however, I'm just wondering if your condition might have something to do with a default browser check? For example, what if you had IE set as the default browser and you previously had associated FF to open those types of links? Also, are all these browsers installed versions? If so, pick the one you want to open the http links and make it the default. Then disable, the default browser check on the rest. See what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    I'm just wondering if your condition might have something to do with a default browser check? For example, what if you had IE set as the default browser and you previously had associated FF to open those types of links? Also, are all these browsers installed versions?
    My personal preference is FF, but I do keep the default checking turned on for all of them - because if the default gets changed by any of them, I want to know about it. (I want to be sure every time I fire up some other browser that it knows that it's NOT default.) And BTW, yes, all the browsers listed in the screen shot are installed on this computer. I would've installed Chrome also, but now that Opera uses the same innards, I'm not sure that's necessary. (Some of my work involves viewing newly constructed Web pages and verifying that they're readable and functional no matter what people use to view the page.) I'll try turning off the checks on the others next time I'm at that computer.
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