Windows 10: resetting default appilcation associations

  1.    22 Mar 2018 #1

    resetting default appilcation associations

    At work we have a software program that several times a day will erase my default program associations for : Http, https, PDF, jpeg, mailto. So several times a day I need to manually re associate firefox, paint, adobe, outlook. It is annoying. I think the program that does it is Goldmine as it interacts with all those file formats. I was recently upgraded to win 10 and that is when these issues started. I assume it is rewriting it self to default those items while it interacts with them and then writes back the original defaults. But i assume changes to the win10 registry system have made the re write portion of the software incorrect. Gold mine has yet no update to this version that we use and I can not update the version.

    What i am asking for is if someone could help or preferable supply a reg - bat file that I can manually run to reset all those to the programs I use. At least it will then be quicker - easier to re associate those files.
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  2.    22 Mar 2018 #2

    Hi, I think you could use this tutorial as the basis for saving your associations and reapplying them. It's written in the context of setting up a new user, but I don't see why it can't be used to do what you need- albeit for all associations (in the xml file).
    Export and Import Default App Associations for New Users in Windows Windows 10 Tutorials

    Note that logging off/on is required to apply the associations.

    Your situation sounds very frustrating and undesirable.

    You might want to verify it is indeed that program. Given that you've only just upgraded, note that a long time back it was found that where old versions of a couple of programs of which one was Winzip caused associations to revert to default- I think on reboot.
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       22 Mar 2018 #3

    Welcome to TenForums @cuetipper

    This is a known effect of some older programs that use deprecated methods of setting or checking defaults. Microsoft tightened up on the use of deprecated methods starting with the release of cumulative update KB3135173 for 1511 in 2016.

    Usually the fix is to get an updated version that makes call to the default association in an approved way. For example, this was the case with older versions of Ifranview, as in this thread: Setting up Windows 10 Pro

    dalchina said: View Post
    You might want to verify it is indeed that program...
    GoldMine is known to have caused these problems in the past. I would NOT however recommend the kludge used here to 'fix' the problem - disabling Edge's association for .pdf in the registry!

    In Windows 10, starting GoldMine changes default app for .pdf from Adobe to Microsoft Edge

    That was a 'workaround' from 2016 when Microsoft first added the tighter restrictions on the use of defaults, there must be an updated GoldMine by now that doesn't cause this. If Ifranview can rewrite their app, Ivanti should have been able to fix it properly by now.
    Last edited by Bree; 22 Mar 2018 at 09:35.
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  4.    23 Mar 2018 #4

    Thanks to you both,
    I am certain it is goldmine. And the issue is it is an older product. IT will not permit me to update it. They say it would negatively impact other users???? So I am down to the oath of a reg file. But login out / in is not an option.
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  5.    23 Mar 2018 #5

    You will probably get away with restarting explorer.
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  6. Bree's Avatar
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       23 Mar 2018 #6

    cuetipper said: View Post
    ... IT will not permit me to update it...
    The registry 'kludge' may be you only option then, though I'd still not recommend messing with the registry on general priciples.
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  7.    23 Mar 2018 #7

    Check this post: Some firefox problems - Page 22 - Windows 10 Forums

    If you run command GetUserFTA.exe >SetUserFTA.config from the directory in command prompt it will output a list of current file associations to a config file that you can open with your text editor. Save the problematic ones to a new config file in the SetUserFTA directory and from the same directory run the command SetUserFTA.exe SetUserFTA.config to associate.

    Maybe someone good with writing scripts could automate that?
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  8.    07 Aug 2018 #8

    I do not use Firefox but what I've seen on some users who want to use Firefox, I've seen Firefox mention "Use Firefox as your default browser" or something like that. I hope this is helpful in your case.
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  9.    08 Aug 2018 #9

    The older Control Panel method of setting defaults was far superior and gave more user control to setting defaults compared to the latest W10 release. This is what MS calls progress!
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