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Protocol HTTP Does Not Have a Registered Program When Opening Internet Shortcuts

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.

The corrupt http: protocol association settings can be repaired using these steps:

Windows 10

  1. Click Start, Settings.
  2. Click Apps, and then click Default apps.
  3. Click Web browser and select a different browser from the list.
  4. Repeat step 3 and this time, set your preferred browser as the default.

Windows 8 and earlier:

  1. Click Start, select Default Programs
  2. Select your web browser  (e.g. Internet Explorer) from the list
  3. Click Set this program as default
  4. Click OK

If that doesn’t do it, follow these steps:

  1. Click Set program access and computer defaults
  2. Click Custom, and select your web browser
  3. Click OK.

This resets the default web browser, thereby fixing the http and other protocol association settings automatically.

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