09/12/2013 10344 views

I have 120 computers in a lab environment that need to have url shortcuts that are placed on the desktop open in FireFox but the default browser on the computers is set to IE. I have tried a few solutions to change the default browser to FireFox but have not have success yet. Has anyone else run across this issue and if so how did you solve the problem? The computers are Windows 7 (x86 and x64) and we are running a 2003 domain.


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  • have you looked at the GPO templates for Firefox ?

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Easy solution we use here is to setup a shortcut with the webpage you want to open appended to the "Target" field in the shortcut properties for Firefox.

Copy firefox shortcut
Paste copy of shortcut
Rename shortcut to website or common name
Right-click -->properties
Add website to the end of the target field e.g.
"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" https://yahoo.com

*you might have to refresh the desktop to see the results*

This is good for situations where different sites work better with specific browsers
Answered 06/27/2018 by: RexITSD
White Belt


I wrote a blog about how to deploy Firefox with settings:



Just change this pref entry:

pref("browser.shell.checkDefaultBrowser", false);


pref("browser.shell.checkDefaultBrowser", true);


You can find all settings if you open Firefox and type about:config in the browse bar


I hope this helps you.



Answered 09/13/2013 by: tecrumors
Sixth Degree Black Belt

  • But doesn't this ask the user if they want FF as the default, if it's not already?

    I don't want a question to be asked of the user (these are frozen machines, and will ask the user every login in such a situation); I just want FF to be the default, by default.