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I've tried setting default in the reg keys:

hkeycu>software>microsoft>windows>shell>associations>urlassociations>http and https.

Tried using master_preference file.

Tried using command switch --make-default-browser.

So far these aren't working.

Any help would be appreciated. Open to any to batch files, registry keys, file replacements/edits... basically anything I can automate.

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Have you tried making a .vbs file to set Chrome as the default browser automatically?

Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run "%windir%\system32\control.exe /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /page pageDefaultProgram\pageAdvancedSettings?pszAppName=google%20chrome"
WScript.Sleep 1200
WshShell.SendKeys "{TAB}"
WshShell.SendKeys " "
WshShell.SendKeys "{TAB}"
WshShell.SendKeys "{TAB}"
WshShell.SendKeys " "
WScript.Quit

Reference: comment by user "Raz" in Making IE the default browser in Windows 10 during OSD

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  • Wow, that actually worked! Thanks a lot for this; I've been wanting a way to do this for ages! – Sam Apr 5 '17 at 23:47
  • Also, if you want to run this on startup, just put the .vbs file in %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup – Sam Apr 6 '17 at 0:35
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    Also, you can simplify the SendKeys bits into just WshShell.SendKeys "{TAB} {TAB}{TAB} ". – Sam Apr 14 '17 at 3:29
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    I've noticed that this makes Chrome the default for all file types it can open. This overrides the default for opening PDFs to Chrome which isn't preferred in my particular situation. Would it be possible to avoid the PDF filetype being modified? (.html, .shtml, .htm, etc - pretty much everything except PDF). I suppose I'm looking to replicate the behaviour of changing 'Web Browser' in "Default Apps" (automatically, and ideally silently). – Ellipsis Jan 26 '18 at 8:52
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    Doesn't work in Windows 10 1809 – MickyD Jun 11 '19 at 4:54
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Here is the PowerShell version of the Judy Li / Raz solution:

function Set-ChromeAsDefaultBrowser {
    Add-Type -AssemblyName 'System.Windows.Forms'
    Start-Process $env:windir\system32\control.exe -ArgumentList '/name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /page pageDefaultProgram\pageAdvancedSettings?pszAppName=google%20chrome'
    Sleep 2
    [System.Windows.Forms.SendKeys]::SendWait("{TAB} {TAB}{TAB} ")
}
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To change default browser in Windows 10 try the tool from Christoph Kolbicz - https://kolbi.cz/blog/2017/11/10/setdefaultbrowser-set-the-default-browser-per-user-on-windows-10-and-server-2016-build-1607/.

Launched SetDefaultBrowser.exe HKLM "Google Chrome" and it worked fine for me.

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  • This should be the accepted answer – Sam Apr 9 at 21:43
  • I'm happy to report that this does not affect which app opens PDFs by default. So far, this works great for me. Fast and reliable. – Mark McClelland May 28 at 17:42
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I modified the script above so that it will only change the default browser and not any of the other settings (mail, pdf, etc.) So this mimics changing the default browser usuing the Default Apps in Windows 10.

Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run "%windir%\system32\control.exe /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /page pageDefaultProgram\pageAdvancedSettings?pszAppName=google%20chrome"
WScript.Sleep 1200
WshShell.SendKeys "{TAB}"
WshShell.SendKeys "{TAB}"   
WshShell.SendKeys "{DOWN}"
WshShell.SendKeys "{DOWN}"
WshShell.SendKeys " "
WshShell.SendKeys "{DOWN}"
WshShell.SendKeys " "
WshShell.SendKeys "{DOWN}"
WshShell.SendKeys "{DOWN}"
WshShell.SendKeys "{DOWN}"
WshShell.SendKeys "{DOWN}"
WshShell.SendKeys "{DOWN}"
WshShell.SendKeys "{DOWN}"
WshShell.SendKeys "{DOWN}"
WshShell.SendKeys "{DOWN}"
WshShell.SendKeys "{DOWN}"
WshShell.SendKeys " "
WshShell.SendKeys "{DOWN}"
WshShell.SendKeys " "
WshShell.SendKeys "{TAB}"
WshShell.SendKeys " "
WScript.Quit
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This is not fully automated but reduces the steps required. Go to Settings, find "Default Apps" and right click on it and choose "Pin to Start". You can then get back to the selection screen in 2 clicks.

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Thanks a ton @BenH. You just saved my day.

On Server 2016, I had to use TABENTERTAB instead of TABTABTAB and it is working perfectly fine !

    function Set-ChromeAsDefaultBrowser {
    Add-Type -AssemblyName 'System.Windows.Forms'
    Start-Process $env:windir\system32\control.exe -ArgumentList '/name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /page pageDefaultProgram\pageAdvancedSettings?pszAppName=google%20chrome'
    Sleep 2
    [System.Windows.Forms.SendKeys]::SendWait("{TAB} {ENTER} {TAB}")
}
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function Set-DefaultBrowser {
Add-Type -AssemblyName 'System.Windows.Forms'
Start-Process $env:windir\system32\control.exe -LoadUserProfile -Wait -ArgumentList '/name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /page pageDefaultProgram\pageAdvancedSettings?pszAppName=Firefox-308046B0AF4A39CB'
Sleep 10
[System.Windows.Forms.SendKeys]::SendWait("{TAB}{TAB}{TAB}{TAB}{TAB} {ENTER}{ENTER} ")
}
Set-DefaultBrowser;

Worked for me in GCP Windows 10 image in setting Chrome as default browser.

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Take the script from Judy Li’s answer and tweak it.

Option Explicit
Dim oShell, sWinDir
Set oShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
sWinDir = oShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%WINDIR%")
oShell.Run sWinDir & "\system32\control.exe /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /page pageDefaultProgram"
Set oShell = Nothing
WScript.Quit

Save it on your desktop as a .vbs file (e.g., SetDefaultProgams.vbs).  Double clicking it will bring up the more familiar Set Default Programs with the list on the left, like previous versions of Windows 10.

(Of course there are other ways to invoke a program / script.  You could put it on your Start Menu, or run it through CMD or PowerShell.)

This script was tested by me on Windows version 10.0.16299.192.

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If you want to squash it globally, for all users, edit the C:\Windows\System32\OEMDefaultAssociations.xml

For example, here's my OEMDefaultAssociations.xml file. I have a script that pulls this file down from an S3 bucket and applies it as part of the machine provisioning process.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<DefaultAssociations>
  <Association Identifier=".3g2" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.3G2" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".3gp" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.3GP" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".3gp2" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.3G2" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".3gpp" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.3GP" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".aac" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.ADTS" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".adt" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.ADTS" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".adts" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.ADTS" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".avi" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.AVI" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".bmp" ProgId="PBrush" ApplicationName="Paint" />
  <Association Identifier=".dib" ProgId="PBrush" ApplicationName="Paint" />
  <Association Identifier=".flac" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.FLAC" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".gif" ProgId="PBrush" ApplicationName="Paint" />
  <Association Identifier=".jfif" ProgId="PBrush" ApplicationName="Paint" />
  <Association Identifier=".jpe" ProgId="PBrush" ApplicationName="Paint" />
  <Association Identifier=".jpeg" ProgId="PBrush" ApplicationName="Paint" />
  <Association Identifier=".jpg" ProgId="PBrush" ApplicationName="Paint" />
  <Association Identifier=".m2t" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.M2TS" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".m2ts" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.M2TS" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".m3u" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.m3u" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".m4a" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.M4A" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".m4v" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.MP4" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".mkv" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.MKV" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".mod" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.MPEG" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".mov" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.MOV" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".MP2" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.MP3" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".mp3" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.MP3" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".mp4" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.MP4" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".mp4v" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.MP4" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".mpa" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.MPEG" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".MPE" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.MPEG" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".mpeg" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.MPEG" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".mpg" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.MPEG" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".mpv2" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.MPEG" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".mts" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.M2TS" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".png" ProgId="PBrush" ApplicationName="Paint" />
  <Association Identifier=".tif" ProgId="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff" ApplicationName="Windows Photo Viewer" />
  <Association Identifier=".tiff" ProgId="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff" ApplicationName="Windows Photo Viewer" />
  <Association Identifier=".TS" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.TTS" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".TTS" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.TTS" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".txt" ProgId="txtfile" ApplicationName="Notepad" />
  <Association Identifier=".url" ProgId="IE.AssocFile.URL" ApplicationName="Internet Browser" />
  <Association Identifier=".wav" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.WAV" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".website" ProgId="IE.AssocFile.WEBSITE" ApplicationName="Internet Explorer" />
  <Association Identifier=".wm" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.ASF" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".wma" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.WMA" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".wmv" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.WMV" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".WPL" ProgId="WMP11.AssocFile.WPL" ApplicationName="Windows Media Player" />
  <Association Identifier=".htm" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
  <Association Identifier=".html" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
  <Association Identifier=".url" ProgId="IE.AssocFile.URL" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
  <Association Identifier=".webp" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
  <Association Identifier="ftp" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
  <Association Identifier="http" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
  <Association Identifier="https" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
</DefaultAssociations>
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  • Question is about making chrome default browser, not making it default program for some file types. – Máté Juhász Apr 9 at 15:53
  • well...what is a "default browser" except the program that gets launched when the user clicks a link to visit a web page? – NitrusCS Apr 9 at 22:29

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