Brave as default browser - won't open hyperlinks from Outlook


Description of the issue:
Windows 7 Pro. If I make Brave the default browser, no hyperlinks can be opened from Outlook. If I change default browser to Chrome or Firefox, no issue. Brave does NOT show as an available browser in Windows Control Panel → Default Programs
It is not in the list. I have associated htm and html to Brave, and it will show as available for those file types, but if I go to the http or https protocol entry in default programs, Brave does not appear as an option
How can this issue be reproduced?

  1. Make Brave the default browser from Brave settings (it is not possible to make it default program with normal Control Panel-> Default Programs because Brave is never listed as an available option.)
  2. Find an email message in Outlook that has a hyperlink - click it - error message

(If change default program back to another browser, everything works as expected.)

Expected result:
The URL should open in Brave

Brave Version( check About Brave):
1.40.113 Chromium 103.0.5060.114 Official Build 64-bit

Additional Information:
Have tried reinstalling brave and a whole lot of other stuff. I see this problem all over the web in multiple places and no clear way to resolve it. I’ve used a different default browser for years because of this, but would prefer to use brave

You should probably upgrade to Windows 10 if possible.

Anyway, do you see the Other programs option in Windows at all?

That’s what comes to mind – maybe you can browse to the executable if you have that option.