On some XP machines I have noticed that you can view web pages inside of windows explorer by typing a URL into the address bar. Internet explorer does not open, However on this computer when I type a URL into windows explorer, IE is opening. Any way to switch it so it only uses windows explorer? there must be a setting somewhere for it.
You should be able to do this. But the URL execution usually invokes the default browser - Try checking your internet options, to see if it is set as default browser and set to check if it is the default browser. Deactivate these settings. - The same options can be found in other browsers you might have installed. Firefox, Chrome etc.