Windows 10: What's the latest way to stop Windows 10 app resets?

  1.    23 Dec 2017 #1

    What's the latest way to stop Windows 10 app resets?

    I'm on Win 10 1709, Build 16299. Is there anything new that I can try to stop Windows from resetting my chosen, default apps to the typical MS apps? It seems that every fix I've tried fails. Thanks.
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    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       23 Dec 2017 #2

    Hi there. Have you tried these various methods?

    Choose Default Apps in Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials
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  3.    23 Dec 2017 #3

    Thanks. I've tried them all more than once, but while they'll set my apps to my chosen ones, MS manages to revert them to the MS apps at some point.
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    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       23 Dec 2017 #4

    Hmm. That's really odd.
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  5.    24 Dec 2017 #5

    A long time back resetting defaults was attributed by a few to old versions of a couple of 3rd party programs like Winzip being installed.

    There are threads on this - older I think than recent, but have a look around- search the forum- Advanced search allows by date- e.g.
    Last update caused all custom file associations to reset to defaults Solved - Windows 10 Forums
    Windows keeps reverting my default apps to Windows default - Windows 10 Forums
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  6.    28 Dec 2017 #6

    VLC is not even an option in setting default either by apps or by file extension, such as avi. I shut off WMP in turn on / off apps and IE11, for the moment. Also shut down all privacy options. Which will likely cause more issues, but at least ones I had a choice in. I wont go on a rant here either, but I sure could. Bottom line, nothing seems to work to prevent this and VLC is arguably one of the best media players available, seems petty to not even allow it as an option, and yes, it is installed and working. And, if only it stopped with VLC.

    What made me despise Apple is now tenfold with MS and just confounding.

    I did just try Brinks fix "tutorials/45792-fix-app-default-reset-error-windows-10" which was last updated in May, just now, fingers crossed for any reprieve.
    *THANKS in advance Brinks (again)
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  7.    28 Dec 2017 #7

    As you have and you can't use it, there's some other problem.
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    It's not that Win 10 in general doesn't allow it.
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    Considering registry issues as you have may be the way forward.

    Try creating a new user for test purposes and see if there's a difference. If so, it could be a user profile problem.
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  8.    28 Dec 2017 #8

    Thanks. I've seen many of the earlier posts on this issue. Typically, it's my graphics (IrfanView), PDF (Acrobat Pro), Video (VLC), and HTML (Firefox) apps that makes MS complain most often. As my apps as well as Win 10 stay current constantly, I'm not sure that a fix today will work tomorrow. Moreover, Acrobat is so superior to any MS product that it would be impossible for me to switch. In the end, there's little doubt that one goal of MS is to stifle competition and push consumers to its tools by any means possible. Given that fact, I'm afraid this will be a never-ending problem.
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