Thursday, September 04, 2008

How to Set Google Chrome as Your Default Browser in Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Vista - Important for eBay Pages

This post, which shows you how to change your default browser to Google Chrome in Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Vista, may not initially appear to fall under the marketing category... however, I'll explain further in a minute. It's important for eBay sellers, too, not just marketers in general.

Google Chrome is the new browser from the folks at Google. If you're looking for reviews of the browser, check here: Awesome Google Chrome ReviewSummary of Google Chrome Reviews at UK Telegraph (includes TechCrunch, Walt Mossberg, CNET, Gizmodo reviews and more), andGoogle Chrome Review from PC World.

So, Google Chrome is pretty cool and very fast when compared to other browsers like FireFox and Internet Explorer. I like it, and I wanted to set it as my default browser on a couple of the machines here. 

Here's the correct process for doing this manually on Windows XP, 2000 and Vista (thanks to Mozilla):

Setting default browser manually

You can set the default browser in Windows 2000 (SP3+) Windows XP (SP1+) and Windows Vista using the "Set Program Access and Defaults" feature (renamed "Set Program Access and Computer Defaults" in Windows Vista). [2]

  • Windows 2000: "Start -> Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs -> Set Program Access and Defaults"
  • Windows XP: "Start -> Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs -> Set Program Access and Defaults -> Custom"
  • Windows Vista: "Start -> Default Programs -> Set Program Access and Computer Defaults -> Custom" [3]

(Windows XP/Vista: Click the icon to the right of "Custom", to expand the category.)

You will see Internet Explorer and other installed browsers listed under "Choose a default Web browser" . Select "Mozilla" (Suite), "SeaMonkey" or "Mozilla Firefox" (in some cases, "Mozilla Firefox" may not be listed; to add it back, reinstall Firefox [4]).

If the above doesn't work or if the "Set Program Access and Defaults" feature isn't available in your Windows version, you can manually set the default browser by selecting it as the the default program for individual file types and protocols as follows:

  • Windows XP and earlier: Open the Control Panel from the Windows Start menu.
    • In Windows 2000 and earlier, or if Windows XP is using the Control Panel "Classic View": Click on "Folder Options -> File Types".
    • In Windows XP, if using the Control Panel "Category View": Click on "Performance and Maintenance". Then, click on "File Types" in the left column under the heading "See Also".
  • Windows Vista: Click the Start button, open "Default Programs" and then click "Associate a file type or protocol with a program". [5]

Assign the following protocols and file types to the browser you wish to set as default:

  • URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol
  • URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol with Privacy
  • URL:File Transfer Protocol
  • HTML File
  • HTM File (optional)

Note that you may find the URL protocols listed above under extension "N/A" or "(NONE)".

The reason I think it's important for marketers to install and use this new browser are many:
  1. You need to know how your Web pages and eBay listings look in this new browser - If you don't have consistency across all four major browsers (Safari included.. perhaps Opera deserves a mention, too), you're not communicating consistently.
  2. If anything doesn't render correctly you need to fix it ASAP. I surfed to JCrew's site yesterday, and a lot of their images don't render in Chrome, while they do quite nicely in the other browsers.
  3. Users are hopping on the new Chrome browers in huge numbers. They're installing it like mad because of Google's exposure. Again, if your sites don't look good on Google Chrome, you may have a problem on your hands. This applies to things beyond just generic looks, as well... like shopping carts, Java script, widgets, sign up forms, AJAX and so forth. 
Take a look and make sure you're good on Google Chrome.

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At 3:15 PM, Blogger Sherifer921 said...

good topic

At 1:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chrome's design bridges the gap between desktop and so-called 'cloud computing'. At the touch of a button, Chrome lets you make a desktop, Start menu, or QuickLaunch shortcut to any Web page or Web application, blurring the line between what's online and what's inside your PC.
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At 10:51 AM, Blogger Sean McAlister said...

Hey Phil!!!

Can I just tell you that I have been trying to figure this out for a while and then I came across your this been helpful.

I really think that Google Chrome will be the death to all other web browsers...we will see.

This is a great blog you have! Thanks for this has really helped me out!

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At 7:41 AM, Anonymous arema said...

i even install the lates downloader, but so long time to finish.iam bore :( may my connection doest support instal this browser. if you have downloader without online installation, please inform me. thanks

At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Google Chrome seems not so good as expected. It often crashes.

At 2:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Google chrome still has some problems now. I use it for one week and I met " Whoa! Google chrome will be crashed. Restart now?" for more than 10 times a day. I will use it until it goes well.

At 11:53 PM, Anonymous philippine real estate said...

nice post...thanks for sharing this info..

At 6:59 AM, Anonymous ebay auction tool said...

This is really excellent information. I love how you broke it down for even the really computer illiterate. I still use google chrome today. I find it very useful and easy to use.

At 8:45 PM, Blogger Guide said...

very helpful. I will backlink your post. thank you friend..

At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Cruisy said...

What is better chrome or firefox.

At 2:33 AM, Blogger Tell it How you See it said...

Chrome is good, but I still prefer firefox.... can't live without the addons! haha, thanks for your article. :)

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At 5:48 AM, Anonymous Bob said...

Thanks for the help on this -- Chrome is an awesome browser. So much quicker than Firefox!

At 10:40 PM, Blogger marry said...

Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!

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At 7:44 AM, Anonymous pitney bowes supplies said...

It is good explanation how to add Google Chrome in windows xp windows 2000 or vista

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Phil Dunn - said...

@cruisy I'm liking Chrome better these days. For a few reasons. Google Voice integration is one. It seems much more stable now, too. Some of the earlier comments talked about crashes.


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