Remove and Disable Browser Choice Window from Showing

March 9, 2010 | Filed under Windows


A Browser Choice update has started to appear in Windows Update and it’s not necessary to install it because it does not provide any security fix nor any system updates. It is just something that Microsoft has to do when they put Internet Explorer as a default browser because the European Union case. After installing this update, you will find a shortcut on your desktop that opens up a web page and lets you select which browser that you’d like to install. Additionally, the first time that you log on to the computer after you install the update, Windows Internet Explorer starts automatically and displays the Browser Choice Web page.

The Browser Choice window has short introduction to the browsers and you might notice that Microsoft has made IE’s introduction very convincing. Safari is known as the innovative browser, Opera as easy-to-use, Google Chrome is fast new browser, Firefox for online security and Internet Explorer as the “world’s most widely used” browser, designed by Microsoft with you in mind. If you have no idea which browser to use, I’m sure you’d have gone for Internet Explorer…

Anyway to remove the Browser Choice screen from appearing, just follow the few simple steps below:

1. Click the start button and type regedit at the search program and files and hit enter.
2. Navigate to the registry location HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\BrowserChoice
3. Right click at the right pane, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it as Enable
4. Double click on the Enable value and set 0 to disable and 1 to enable. Of course you’d set it to 0 if you want to disable the Browser Choice window.

This method works on XP, Vista and Windows 7.

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