How to Disable Browser Choice Update Screen on Windows [Quick Tip]

Microsoft has recently published an article detailing steps required to disable or remove the Browser Ballot (or Browser Choice) screen. Starting this March, the Browser Choice screen began displaying on Windows machines for European customers. If you are a regular user annoyed by it or if you are a system administrator who wants to manage the display of the Browser Choice update screen in managed personal computing environments that are under a Volume Licensing program. Then here is a solution for you all which will help you disable the Browser Choice update screen.

Update: Another way to disable browser choice screen can be found here.

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How to Block/Disable Browser Choice Update Screen on Windows?

  1. Open the Registry Editor by typing regedit in the Run dialog box (Goto Start Menu > Run, or, press [ Windows Key ] + [ R ] to access the Run dialog box.)
  2. Navigate to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareBrowserChoice
  3. Create a new entry by right-clicking on the right pane and choosing “New DWORD
  4. Name it “Enable” and set the value to 0. This will stop displaying the Browser Choice screen. If you want to revert back, set this value to 1.

Read a brief FAQ related to the Browser Choice update (KB976002)

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Comments

  1. Sydny Tech says

    Thankyou. I accidentally installed it much to my annoyance. Thought id be stuck with it forever.

  2. Martin J says

    It really works! :-)
    I wasted a whole eve trying to disable or delete it and it was driving me MAD, but your trick did the job.
    Can’t thank you enough.
    Cheers.

    • says

      Hello Martin J,

      I am happy that the solution helped you! :)

      P.S. Why don’t you share the above solution with your peers and friends? They will surely be thankful to you! ;)

  3. Victor says

    Just a small but important addition:
    On Windows XP 64 bit, the key sits in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\BrowserChoice

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  5. EOin says

    I have just tried this and my computer is now fecked! I rebooted and the toolbar looks weird and the screen goes black and I can’t do anything! I tried removing the above registry key and it was resorted back to previous! Now writing this from my iPhone :(

  6. ElFantin says

    A system administrator has no right to prevent users from choosing the browser they want to use. Besides, limiting a freedom guaranteed by a European directive is unlikely to be lawful.

  7. professorhat says

    Rubbish, of course they do. Any company has the right to limit the programs installed by users of equipment the company has paid for. It’s called compliance and security.

  8. ZM says

    I have a new Windows 8 machine and I have tried your trick to get rid of the browsers choice window but it keeps coming up with a error message saying that there is an error writing to registry. Any ideas on how I can get round this?

  9. Jon says

    Why go through all this trouble when it is just as easy to open the task manager, go to the start-up tab and disable start up of the browser choice window?

    And more importantly: Why did microsoft not handle this with a checkbox on the menu itself? =/

  10. Aquawater says

    In Windows 7 I found the task in the task schedule program of Windows where I could delete the task.
    In Windows 8.1 I disabled the ‘Browser Choice’ in the Task Manager under the ‘Start-up’ tab, but for some reason it still came up this morning.
    Now I will try the regedit tip above in Windows 8.1

  11. ∆ [c0d3r28] ∆ says

    this registry entry does not exist in Windows 8.1, It doesn’t seem to appear anywhere. Disabling it in startup does the trick

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