Windows 10: Win10 keeps tying pdf files to Edge & jpg, gif etc files to Paint


  1. Posts : 35
    windows 10 64-bit "home"
       02 Feb 2018 #1

    Win10 keeps tying pdf files to Edge & jpg, gif etc files to Paint


    A recurring problem: whatever one does or tweaks in PC settings - and I tried everything - Windows 10 keeps reverting to its own Edge for pdf files, and to its clunky Paint 3D program for most usual graphic files like jpg, gif, bmp, png, etc...

    For a few minutes after a settings change indicating which program should be attached to which file type, shazam! everything is changed back to Microsoft "preferences".

    This has been reported time and again to Microsoft, but nothing is done about this quirk.

    Can someone at the forum help me get out of that conundrum, which is more than an annoyance?

    Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 3,207
    10.5 Home 1803 x64
       02 Feb 2018 #2

    Try to reset back to MS defaults, then set it as you want.

    Choose Default Apps in Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials

    You might also uninstall paint 3D to make sure, it will not interfere.

    How to completely remove the Paint 3D app from Windows 10 | Windows Central
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  3. Posts : 35
    windows 10 64-bit "home"
    Thread Starter
       02 Feb 2018 #3

    Thanks, but...

    Try to reset back to MS defaults, then set it as you want.

    Been there, done that. Problem returns. By the way, Settings even refuses to link the files to the app chosen by the user.
    You might also uninstall paint 3D to make sure, it will not interfere.
    If one does that, and launches one of the mentioned graphic files, one gets an error message saying "
    Can not access the specified path or file. You may not have the correct access permissions for the item." Same goes for Edge.
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  4. Posts : 3,207
    10.5 Home 1803 x64
       02 Feb 2018 #4

    Set UAC to Never Notify temporarily (you might need to restart first) and then set the apps.

    Change User Account Control (UAC) Settings in Windows 10 Security System Tutorials
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  5. Posts : 35
    windows 10 64-bit "home"
    Thread Starter
       02 Feb 2018 #5

    Hi again,

    Done that long ago - slider on the lowest rung.

    No result.
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  6. Posts : 3,207
    10.5 Home 1803 x64
       02 Feb 2018 #6

    Your account profile might be corrupted, setup a new one and try it there.
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  7. Posts : 35
    windows 10 64-bit "home"
    Thread Starter
       02 Feb 2018 #7

    Thanks. I'll try that tomorrow.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  •    02 Feb 2018 #8

    Try setting the default for those in Safe Mode, see if that sticks then.
    If so, try after a clean boot.

    I don't think I've heard of settings being reverted so quickly, and without a restart. If your situation is exceptional, that could be why reporting to MS has had no effect, not to mention other possible reasons of course.
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  • Posts : 4,621
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       02 Feb 2018 #9

    If you don't like the new Paint 3D you can use the older Paint/MSPaint, at least for now, by clicking Start, go to the W section and Windows Accessories, open Paint. I keep it Pinned to the Start and usually to the Taskbar. I'd also make sure another PDF reader is installed such as Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit Reader, both free, then in Settings or Control Panel set the Default Programs to the ones you want to use for various file formats.
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