A default browser is the one that opens automatically whenever you launch an Internet shortcut or HTML file or you click in a mail application like Outlook Express. In simpler terms, it is the web page that opens on its own when one tries to access a website when a browser is not already open on a system.
One might want to change your default browser for a variety of reasons. One could be annoyed with the slow browser interface, or the current browser is unable to meet your needs, or there could be other reasons. The basic procedure of changing the default browser for any operating system remains the same. This article has information about the process of changing your default browser to Microsoft Internet Explorer. So no more dependence on your son/daughter or husband/boy friend to do all computers related stuff. Just read on and do it yourself!
If you haven’t installed another browser, do that first. During installation, most browsers display a message asking if you want to use that browser as the default browser. If your preferred browser is already installed, open it. You should see a message asking if you want to use that browser as the default browser. If not, use the following instructions, but choose the browser that you want to use instead of Internet Explorer.
Open Internet Explorer. On the Taskbar, click Start, and then click Set Program Access and Defaults.
NOTE: The Set Program Access and Defaults option is available only in Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 1 or Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2.
In the Add or Remove Programs dialog box, click Custom, and then click the arrow to the right. Under Choose a default Web browser, select Internet Explorer, and then click OK.
This completes the process of changing your default browser to Internet Explorer.