Windows 8 logo from www.oostdam.infoWindows 8 is a very nice product to my opinion. It is based on the previous 7 version but it can use apps instead of programs, but there is a full compatibility. Every program that runs on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8 as well. This product is amazing. Microsoft improved it in so many ways that a new set of articles will appear on this site the next couple of weeks. I love it, and this experience is only based on the beta developer version. Lets hope the RTM and final release will be available soon. I'm afraid it will not be until autumn 2012.

In this article I want to inform you about some new settings I happen to like, a lot,
in the new version of the Internet Explorer 10 which is delivered with Windows 8.

In all the previous versions of Internet Explorer, lets say IE 7, 8 and 9,.... (5 and 6 are on pension now)
The setting in IE options \ Programs \ Default Web Browser was always the same.
You will recognize the settings in the picture below.

Internet Explorer 7-8-9 Make default settings -

And as I looked around this settings after a test installation of FireFox and Chrome,  The text surprised me.
It is not saying "Make Default" but is is now "Set Associations".
And besides that,... the text is Choose the file type that you want......
That is almost customer/enduser friendly ! Ha, ha,..... 
Hey, that interesting!!  What can we do with this feature?

Internet Explorer 10 - Set default associations -

So, if you click on the "Set Associations" button, a new window will open, right out of the Set Default Programs msc from the Control Panel. Thats has new possibilities to, but this integration was really new for me. Normally You can acces these settings through Control Panel \ Set Default Programs \ Choose Internet Explorer and after that the option below that has the name "Choose defaults for this program". But, it is the same, and it is easy en working fine, so use it.   But now back to the new associations of IE 10.


You can set all the extensions that you see above to be handeled by default to Internet Explorer 10 if you like. Settings are by default present for the extensions: .htm .html .mht .mhtml .partial .svg .url .website . xht .xhtml, FTP .HTTP and HTTPS. You can uncheck them, but most of the times a default extension will be set, or asked for, by the new program you are installing. All the other file associations for programs can be set through the "Associate a file type or protocol" from de Control Panel \ Default Programs, but as I said before,.. I like this integration.

Thats a lot easier, than all previous versions, change it just the way you like and,... You can set in in a GPO ofcourse. 

So,.. another new feature in Windows 8 and yes, I like it!

Hopes this article has helped you, and getting you enthusiastic for Windows 8 as much as I already am! 


Ben OostdamBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior Support Engineer for Qurius Managed Services in the Netherlands specialized in System Center Solutions.

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