Resetting the "IE Browser Choice” preference.

We upgraded Internet Explorer to IE8.  Foolishly enough, we assumed that on a Corporate Desktop, that users would only use Internet Explorer.

Then the complaints from the vocal Firefox majority rolled in.

“How dare you force me to use Internet Explorer!”

So we had to provide those Firefox users with a “choice”.

The solution was to reset the Internet Explorer “browser choice” setting so next time IE was launched:
Browser choice

We did this by using a VBscript, that we depoloyed to all the computers:
On Error Resume Next
Set objWSH = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
objWSH.RegWrite "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Check_Associations","Yes","REG_SZ"
Set objWSH = Nothing
WScript.Quit(0)

Roll forward 6 months, a query from the customer:

Can you reset the browser choice, as we’re moving away from Firefox …

“Why not use Group Policy?”
As it’s a corporate environment, we restrict what the users can change via the Internet Explorer menus.  In this environment, it was less hassle to use a VBscript to reset one option compared to allowing users to modify other menu options grouped in the same menu tab.