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Making Chrome open links when clicking pop-up buttons

  1. #1


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Making Chrome open links when clicking pop-up buttons


    In Windows 8.1, how do you make Chrome open links when you click those buttons on application pop-up windows, which usually report there's an update available for that software? Everytime I click those buttons, the link is opened with Internet Explorer, but I would like to have Chrome open them.

    Strangely, this issue doesn't seem to happen with buttons on dropdown list menus. Is this behaviour application-based? It is, will some tell Chrome to open links, while other ones, IE?

    I have already set Chome to open all protocols and filetypes available, which were previously associated with Internet Explorer, but IE still opens these links:

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    These are the buttons I'm talking about:

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    Would be glad if someone helped me, because it's a pita to copy the URLs from IE address bar and paste them into Chrome's, every single time I click those buttons. Thanks in advance.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    If it opens IE even though another browser is set to default it may actually be manipulating IE using the browser ActiveX Control. Other browsers that don't use the IE engine cannot be as easily and completely manipulated. The reason could be it is trying to control the update process using IE features/functions.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 328
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    If you don't plan on using IE maybe you could try disabling it ?

    Control Panel > Programs > Turn Windows features on or off > Uncheck Internet Explorer

    Not sure if those apps will redirect then automatically to Chrome but it might be worth a check.
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    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by oneeyed View Post
    If you don't plan on using IE maybe you could try disabling it ?

    Control Panel > Programs > Turn Windows features on or off > Uncheck Internet Explorer

    Not sure if those apps will redirect then automatically to Chrome but it might be worth a check.
    If nothing else that will tell us if that setting also disables the ActiveX Control. If so then clicking the link should pop up some error about Object creation failure or similar. Unless the programmer catches the error and switches to just calling ShellExecute() with the url as file name.
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Making Chrome open links when clicking pop-up buttons
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