Windows 10 keeps hijacking my "Open with" choice for Office documents


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    Windows 10 keeps hijacking my "Open with" choice for Office documents


    Several months ago I had posted How do I associate Office 2000 as default to open Office documents Solved - Windows 10 Forums about my travails trying to make my tried/true/trusted/ancient copy of Office 2000 the default app to open files. Yes, I admit that there are people who weren't born when I got that software, who have now graduated high school!

    FileTypesMan - Alternative to 'File Types' manager of Windows from Nirsoft appeared to solve my problems. You can edit any file type and select the default app to open that file type.

    But I'm noticing that at times - haven't exactly pinned down when; maybe it's the big monthly Windows updates - my "open with" preferences will have been reset, to the current-rev version of Microsoft Office. Then I have to go manually reset all the preferences. This is usually when I'm on a deadline, and had a two-minute edit to do to a document, and then I have to (again) tell my system for the umpteenth time to use Office 2000.

    I don't want to remove the current Office from my machine, which would probably solve the problem.

    How can I override Windows reverting the "open with" back to current Office, and respecting my own user preferences?
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    asus2016 said:
    ... I'm noticing that at times - haven't exactly pinned down when; maybe it's the big monthly Windows updates - my "open with" preferences will have been reset...
    This may be related to the current 'Known Issue' present in 1803 and 1809. If so, a fix should be on it's way by the end of the month.

    After installing this update, some users cannot set Win32 program defaults for certain app and file type combinations using the Open with… command or Settings > Apps > Default apps.

    In some cases, Microsoft Notepad or other Win32 programs cannot be set as the default.
    In some cases, attempting to set application defaults again will succeed.

    Microsoft is working on a resolution and estimates a solution will be available in late November 2018.
    Cumulative Update KB4467702 Windows 10 v1803 Build 17134.407 - Nov. 13
    Cumulative Update KB4467708 Windows 10 v1809 Build 17763.134 - Nov. 13
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    Bree said:
    This may be related to the current 'Known Issue' present in 1803 and 1809. If so, a fix should be on it's way by the end of the month.
    Very useful to know - thanks for the fast response!
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