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External links don't work in chrome wtf?

harvestharvest By birthright,a stupendous badass.Registered User regular
I'm pretty good at fixing computer stuff (it's my job) but this one has really got me.

Click a link in google talk, doesn't open. Or Skype. Or IRC.

Set browser default to IE, links work fine.

Reinstalled Chrome, still no links.

Anyone encountered this? The search terms I'm using in Google are apparently too vague to return meaningful results and I'm not sure I know how to narrow it down. Advice please!

harvest on


  • SiliconStewSiliconStew Registered User regular
    Check registry settings.

    set HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Associations\UrlAssociations\http\UserChoice\Progid
    and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Associations\UrlAssociations\https\UserChoice\Progid

    set HKCR\http\shell\open\command\(Default)
    and HKCR\https\shell\open\command\(Default)
    and HKCR\htmlfile\shell\open\command\(Default)
    "c:\your app path\chrome.exe" "%1"

    Just remember that half the people you meet are below average intelligence.
  • harvestharvest By birthright, a stupendous badass.Registered User regular
    That was helpful and instructive in seeing how the pieces work together, but unfortunately the values were already set correctly and it's still not working.

  • harvestharvest By birthright, a stupendous badass.Registered User regular
    I fixed it by rolling back to Sunday's restore point. I don't even...

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