When you double-click an internet shortcut (.URL) file or click on a hyperlink in your mail client, you may encounter the error Unable to open this Internet Shortcut. The protocol “http” does not have a registered program. This is akin to saying “hey! you haven’t configured a web browser as the default“. Now you know where to look for the solution… the “Default Programs” applet.
http: protocol association settings can be repaired using these steps:
- Click Start, Settings.
- Click Apps, and then click Default apps.
- Click Web browser and select a different browser from the list.
- Repeat step 3 and this time, set your preferred browser as the default.
Windows 8 and earlier:
- Click Start, select Default Programs
- Select your web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer) from the list
- Click Set this program as default
- Click OK
If that doesn’t do it, follow these steps:
- Click Set program access and computer defaults
- Click Custom, and select your web browser
- Click OK.
This resets the default web browser, thereby fixing the
http and other protocol association settings automatically.
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14 thoughts on “Protocol HTTP Does Not Have a Registered Program When Opening Internet Shortcuts”
Thank you very much about helping me with the default. This was very helpful.
retired US ARMY.
Solved my problem too. Appreciated.
Thank you sooooo much, you made it so easy to fix. Other sides give you a long list of BS that doesn’t help at all.
Wonderful, thanks this really helped:)
Very helpful – Good Job and thank you.
Excellent. Been hacking around for days trying to work out what to do. Two minutes after reading your tip – bingo!
I don’t suppose know how to deploy this solution via GroupPolicy ? I have the same issue across all my Windows 7 workstations (server 2012).
Thank you!!! It worked just like you said. I got a message saying needed to update Adobe Flash….Then all hell broke loose. It downloaded flash and also downloaded Google Crome which I didn’t want. This is how my problem started.
Thank you for your help! Had it fixed in less than a minute. Great suggestion.
Perfect. This have been making me crazy for two days. Tried everything to fix this and even talked to my top tech guy and he couldn’t tell how to fix it!!! Much appreciated.
Thank you so much…fixed it immediately!!!
Thank you so much! I originally had Internet Explorer as my default, then I downloaded some thing and forgot to deselect Google Chrome… so it turned all of my shortcuts to open in Google Chrome. I just deleted it and that exact pop up popped up.. I tried this and set it back to Internet Explorer and it works now! Thank you so much!
This didn’t work for me. Win 7; I followed this, but: In the “Set program access and computer defaults”, in the Click Custom, instead of checking ‘use current web browser’, I wanted to uncheck it and instead, put a check by Google Chrome, but when I check Chrome… the checkmark to the right that reads to Enable… goes gray. I still can ADD shortcuts to my google icon on my lower task bar — but I can’t open them; still says unable to open this internet Shortcut. The protocol “ChromeHTML” does not have a registered program.
Thank you 1 x 6 to the 10th power.
You “hit the nail on the head”!
Fast and simple.
Good job. Take tomorrow off with pay.