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How to Disable Browser Choice Feature on Windows (EN)

According to legal regulations of European Commission, Microsoft must inform their customers using Internet Explorer as the default browser that there are other Web Browsers available to install and use. This is achieved through the Browser Choice feature. These customers will then see an interface similar to the following:



Enterprise administrators might want to disable this feature in their company as, in many cases, end users are not allowed to install Web browsers by themselves. Instead, Web browsers are usually distributed and deployed through Central Management Deployment Solutions like SCCM.


This feature could be easily disabled by doing the following registry key update:

  • Enable (REG_DWORD) key under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\BrowserChoice should be set to be equal to 0

This could be applied by Group Policy if you are managing a large number of computers: