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videobruce
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How to remove duplicate Firefox browser entry in Default Programs

Running Win7 Pro
Mozilla Firefox v56 Portable

This apparently happened after I checked under Options/General/Startup for FF to check if it's the default browser.
Now there is a 2nd "Firefox" entry in 'Default Programs' that apparently is using the default Firefox profile instead of the customized profile it should use. It opens in a different layout instead of my 'classic' layout.
This happens when I click on a link in a e-mail in Thunderbird. If I click on the desktop shortcut it opens correctly. I tried that program 'Register Firefox', but it didn't change anything.

I tired clicking on the two "firefox.exe' under the applications folder, but those opened up another different layout. This v56 is the only version in 'C' drive.

I assume this is a registry entry.

(I tried placing a link to a screen shot, but the forum keeps shorting it making it worthless.)

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Shortcut

There's a shortcut you need to delete. If you open up Windows Explorer and paste in the following:

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

You can then manually adjust/delete any of your account's start menu shortcuts. It's either in there or within the Programs folder in there.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

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Start menu

There were two shortcuts that were created, one on the desktop and the other in the start menu, it wasn't in the "Startup" folder.
I opened up 'properties' and both pointed to the 64bit version of "Firefox.exe" in in the Application/Firefox64 folder.

If you are referring to this folder buried in the annoying "Users" folder;
C:\Users\User1\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu,
other than those shortcuts that I already mentioned, nothing else is there. Clicking on a link in Thunderbird, still activates firefox.exe in the 'Firefox64' sub folder if I haven't already opened FF up with a direct shortcut.

If I re-name "firefox.exe" to something else, clicking on a e-mail link in Thunderbird becomes a dead response (again, if FF wasn't already opened).

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Default Programs

Since this forum wouldn't let me post a longer link in it's complete form, I should of described what the entries looked like;
Firefox
Mozilla Firefox Portable Edition

Ok, I went back in Default Programs, opened up the 'Portable" entry and added a check mark above the already individual checked 'Protocols' and that apparently solved the problem. But the question remains, hoe can I delete/remove that 2nd 'bogus' entry in Default Programs'?

videobruce
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Right click & delete

But there is a better way which was what I was looking for;
https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/136145-default-programs-remove-lis...

Of course if there was a context menu option of "delete" in that useless Default Programs in the 1st place, the problem would of been solved long ago.
Using that registry entry (RegisteredApplications), I also get rid of IE in the list since I stopped using that 18 years ago.

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