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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