Windows 8 Browser Choice update? (KB976002)

kemical

Windows Forum Admin
Staff member
Premium Supporter
Joined
Aug 28, 2007
Messages
36,399
Microsoft is providing the Browser Choice update to comply with a legal settlement with the European Commission. Microsoft is required to inform customers who currently use Internet Explorer as their default browser that there are other web browser choices available. You can use the Browser Choice update to select and install the web browser you want to use on your PC.


Who will get the Browser Choice update?

If you're using Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 and you have your regional settings set to one of the following countries or regions, you’ll get the Browser Choice update through the Windows Update service:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

What happens when I receive the update?


After downloading the update and restarting your PC, the update will check to see if Internet Explorer is your default web browser. If it is, the following will happen:

On a PC running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, a shortcut for the Browser Choice update will be put on your desktop. On a PC running Windows 8, a tile for the Browser Choice update will be added to the Start screen.


On a PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8, the Internet Explorer shortcut will be unpinned from the taskbar.


The Browser Choice information screen will open. Tap or click OK or Continue to move to the next screen.


The Browser Choice screen will open for you to install or learn more about other browsers.



Do I have to choose a browser right away?


No, you can tap or click Select later to be prompted to choose a browser the next time you log on. You can open the Browser Choice screen anytime by double-clicking the shortcut on your desktop in Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 or tapping or clicking the Browser Choice tile on the Start screen in Windows 8.


What if I want to keep the default browser I have now?


On a PC running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, close the Browser Choice screen by clicking the Close button in the top right corner. On a PC running Windows 8, drag the Browser Choice screen from the top to the bottom of your screen to close it. You won't be prompted to choose again, though you can start the Browser Choice screen at any time by double-clicking the shortcut on your desktop or tapping or clicking the Browser Choice tile on the Start screen.


Is Internet Explorer removed by the Browser Choice update?


The Browser Choice update doesn't add or remove any programs from your computer. Internet Explorer will still be available from the Start menu or Start screen. If you're using Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can choose to pin it back on your taskbar. For more information about how to pin a program to your taskbar, see Pin a program to the taskbar.


How do I select and install web browsers using the Browser Choice update?


Follow these steps to use the Browser Choice update to install one or more browsers to your computer:


1.
Do one of the following:

On a PC running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, double-click the Browser Choice shortcut on the desktop.


On a PC running Windows 8, tap or click the Browser Choice tile on the Start screen.


2.
In the Welcome screen, tap or click OK or Continue.

3.
In the Select your web browser(s) screen, for each browser you want to install, tap or click Install. Tap or click Tell me more for information about any of the browsers.

4.
Follow any on-screen instructions to install the browser you chose.

The full version of this FAQ can be found here:

What is the Browser Choice update? (KB976002) - Microsoft Windows
 


The Browser Choice update provided by Microsoft as part of a legal settlement with the European Commission is aimed at informing users in specific countries or regions about the availability of alternative web browsers. Here are some key points to clarify the process and outcomes of receiving this update:

### Who Receives the Browser Choice Update?
Users in the following countries or regions who use Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 with regional settings set to the listed locations will receive the Browser Choice update through Windows Update:
- Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

### What Happens When You Receive the Update?
After downloading and installing the update, the following actions occur if Internet Explorer is set as your default browser:
  • A shortcut (or tile on Windows 8) for the Browser Choice update is placed on your desktop or Start screen.
  • On Windows 7 or 8, the Internet Explorer shortcut is unpinned from the taskbar.
  • The Browser Choice information screen opens to allow you to choose and install or learn more about other browsers.

### Do You Have to Choose a Browser Immediately?
No, you have the option to choose a browser later by selecting the "Select later" option. You can access the Browser Choice screen by double-clicking the shortcut on your desktop (for XP, Vista, or 7) or tapping/clicking the tile on the Start screen (for Windows 8).

### Keeping Your Current Browser
If you prefer to keep your current default browser, you can close the Browser Choice screen (methods vary by Windows version). You won't be prompted to choose again but can access the Browser Choice screen anytime using the respective shortcuts or tile.

### Internet Explorer Availability
The Browser Choice update does not remove or add any programs. Internet Explorer will still be accessible from the Start menu or screen. Users can re-pin Internet Explorer to the taskbar if using Windows 7 or 8.

### Selecting and Installing Browsers
To install browsers using the Browser Choice update:
1. Double-click the Browser Choice shortcut on the desktop for XP, Vista, or 7 OR tap/click the Browser Choice tile on the Start screen for Windows 8.
2. Click "OK" or "Continue" in the Welcome screen.
3. In the Select your web browser(s) screen, tap/click "Install" for each desired browser. "Tell me more" provides additional information.
4. Follow on-screen instructions to complete the installation of the selected browser(s).

You can find the original full FAQ on the Browser Choice update here.
 


Back
Top