On Windows 8.1 or later, once PolicyPak Browser Router is licensed, it becomes the “default browser” in the operating system, like what is seen here.
However, if you are using the Legacy Browser Router mode and unlicense PolicyPak Browser Router or remove the computer from the scope of any PolicyPak Browser Router rules, you will find that PolicyPak Browser Router Agent is apparently maintained as the OS’s default browser.
This is a “Display Only” and “Cosmetic” issue and not reflective upon reality, this is by design. Usually, IE will now actually be the default browser as far as the user EXPERIENCES it.
That being said, once you have unlicensed PolicyPak Browser Router it is not active any longer.
Therefore, (when PolicyPak Browser Router is not present.) … an end-user could open up Firefox, Chrome, IE or Edge … like what is seen here…
And manually set the default browser, or use the operating system itself to specify the desired default browser .. like what is seen here…
Afterward, they should see the OS default web browser change accordingly and be maintained correctly at the next login.
Note: When not using Legacy Browser Router mode and you remove the computer from the scope of any PolicyPak Browser Router rules or unlicense PolicyPak Browser Router after having a PolicyPak Browser Router policy in place the default behavior is to revert the default browser to the value present before PolicyPak Browser Router was enabled/licensed.
For either or all of these options…
Remember: The two methods above PERMANENTLY AFFIX it to IE, and don’t make it changeable. (Technically, the user CAN change it, but then it’s ‘snapped back’ every time the user logs off and on.)
“How can I set it to IE, then make it changeable by the end-user?”
To do this.. we found a utility, which you can likely DEPLOY ONCE via PolicyPak SCRIPTS on the USER side .. (we didn’t test that, and only tested it manually on the user side)…
(PolicyPak makes no warranties about this tool.)
When it runs.. it works instantly.. and sets the default browser. In this example, we set it to IE.
And then it was later changeable by the user.
Note: If you uninstall the PolicyPak Client Side Extensions on a machine where PolicyPak Browser Router was set as the default browser then Microsoft Edge will become the default browser immediately after the PolicyPak Client Side Extensions are uninstalled. You will see the notification below on your screen and if you check the default apps you will see that Edge has become the default browser.