Safari Beta 3.0 for Windows: Setting Safari as the default browser in Windows Vista

Issue or symptom

With Microsoft Vista, the default Web browser choice cannot be set via Safari preferences in Safari Beta 3.0 for Windows.

Products affected

  • Safari Beta 3.0 for Windows
  • Microsoft Windows Vista


You can configure Safari Beta 3.0 for Windows to be your default web browser in Windows Vista this way:

  1. Log in to Windows Vista with an administrator account.
  2. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel.
  3. In the upper right search field, search for “default programs”.
  4. Click “Change default programs that Windows uses” in the search results.
  5. Click the “Continue” button in the “User Account Control” window.
  6. Click the “Custom” radio button.
  7. Click the “Safari web browser” radio button.
  8. Click the OK button under “Set Program Access and Computer Defaults”.

This document will be updated as more information becomes available.

: Safari Public Beta is preview software licensed for use on a trial basis for a limited time. Do not use Safari Public Beta in a commercial operating environment or with important data. You should back up all of your data before installing this software and regularly back up data while using the software. Your rights to use Safari Public Beta are subject to acceptance of the terms of the software license agreement that accompanies the software.

Important: Apple does not provide technical phone support or fee-based support agreements for using Safari Beta 3.0 for Windows. Support is available on Apple’s website.


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