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Firefox improved on Vista, but still no protected mode

Since the last article on Firefox’s problems with Vista, considerable progress has been made to improve the browser for Microsoft’s newest operating system. We caught up with Mike Schroepfer, VP of Engineering at the Mozilla Foundation, to bring us up to date.

[ZDNet] When Vista first came out, users reported a number of problems running Firefox on it. Have these issues been worked out now? For example, Users were unable to set Firefox as the default browser for all applications.

[Schroepfer] Vista changed the way in which default applications are registered. There are many applications currently shipping which do not use the OS provided API’s to launch the default application and instead try and read the registry directly to determine the default application. These applications will not correctly launch Firefox until they are updated to use the existing APIs. We are currently investigating some workarounds for this – you can track the progress here: bug 369703 (Add protocol / file handler registry keys in HKEY_CURRENT_USER to workaround apps that read reg keys directly).

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