I have been using Google Chrome since it was first publicly released. I really like it a lot. It's clean and fast. The tabs are quite a bit more useful than Apple Safari's tabs (in my opinion.) Everything just kind of works. Mostly. It is beta after all. :-P
But I tried awhile back to make Chrome my default browser without success. Whenever I would try to click the "Make Google Chrome my default browser" button in the options dialog I would get the following message:
This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel.
So I googled the error message and here is what I found: In order to make this button work on Windows Vista, you need to run Chrome as administrator. This is a side effect of User Account Control (UAC). Google Chrome should support UAC better, but it is beta, so what can you expect?
Here are the steps I used to fix the problem:
- Close all instances of Google Chrome. I first tried the following steps with a non-administrator Chrome still open. But that didn't work.
- Right click on the icon you use to open Chrome. I have mine in the "Quick Launch" toolbar, but yours might be in the Start Menu or on the Desktop.
- Select the "Run as Administrator" option. The UAC confirmation dialog will come up stating that
A program needs your permission to continue.Press Continue.
- Go to the Options menu item under the wrench icon (upper right of Chrome).
- On the bottom of the Basics tab will be the
Make Google Chrome my default browserbutton. Click it. Everything should now work. Theoretically.
I hope this helps.