By josbd
Jul 10, 2004
  1. Hey all

    In the last couple of weeks I have been running Firefox and IE alongside one another. I am very pleased with Firefox, and downloaded Thunderbird too, which seems cool. Now I want to use Firefox as my default browser, and T/Bird instead of OE, since it seems you cannot uninstall IE, much as I would love to!

    The problem is this: I have unchecked "ensure IE used as default" in Internet Options; when I go to Add/Remove >Set defaults and change my options there, I either get a box which says it is transferring defaults to T/Bird and Firefox, which never completes the transfer, or I set defaults to T/Bird & Firefox, only for them to revert again.

    I must be doing or not doing something very basic here, but I wonder if anyone can help?

    OS is W2K Pro.
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    If you'd like to make Firefox your default browser, it as easy as this...

    Open Firefox and click on Tools / Options / General and under the "Default Browser" section, click "check now".

    Firebird will now ask you to make it the default browser whenever you click on a webpage etc.. Choose yes.

    You can remove the IE icon on the desktop by right clicking on the desktop / Properties / Desktop / Customize Desktop
  3. josbd

    josbd TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 195

    Excellent! Thanks very much Rick. :)
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Actually, there's no "desktop" section in the display properties in W2K. But to remove the IE icon from the desktop, you can simply drag it to the Recycle Bin & Windows will ask you if you really wish to remove IE from the desktop. Click YES & you're done.:)
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Oh.. Whoops.

    Didn't realize it was 2K. :)
  6. josbd

    josbd TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 195

    I have to say that the Explorer icon was long ago consigned to the bin! I only wish I could consign the whole of IE to the bin, but I understand this is not possible..... dammit.....
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    It is possible using some third party program.

    I don't think you'll want to do that though. I"ve tried it myself and to my surprise, I found than many programs would not intall or work properly.
  8. josbd

    josbd TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 195

    Funny that, eh?!

    They just won't give up, will they?
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