Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64 - Internet Explorer 10
1 - IE is not my default browser.
2 - Firefox is the default browser.
3 - Firefox is the association for .url .htm .html .website
4 - "Enable access to this program" for IE is unchecked in Custom "Set Program Access and Computer Defaults."
5 - IE is checked in "Turn Windows features on or off."
With more and more applications using the browser for Help or "get info" or "check for updates" or clicking a URL in an About dialogue, etc. etc. I'm frustrated that IE opens for these things regardless of 1 thru 4 above.
I don't care about IE for browsing teh intuhnetz and would consider turning it off (5 above) but for concerns it would break Windows Update as well as apps depending on its rendering engine (Trident if I remember correctly).
Yes, I know the IE launch might be hard coded in the apps but there may be some novel solution to prevent apps from launching IE. I haven't been able to find it or figure it out.