Windows 10: Windows asks default program even after being set: disable this?

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  1. Posts : 147
    Windows 10 x64
    Thread Starter
       12 Aug 2015 #11

    Update: apparently, the above tutorial does not fix the issue.

    We are back at square one.
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  2.    13 Oct 2015 #12

    I think I found a solution


    I installed a registry tracker to see what was changed when I told Windows to use the program that I had previously told it to use, and it pointed me to this registry key:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Roaming\OpenWith]

    There are "FileExts" and "UrlAssociations" subtrees. In the FileExts tree, there's an entry for every extension where there is more than one app. There's a UserChoice key under that.

    For extensions where you've told it the app, it looks like this:
    "Hash"="9y6MzyOZgPs="
    "ProgId"="VLC.3ga"

    For extensions where Windows will ask you, it looks like this:
    "Hash"="AuVy+LqM+XE="
    "ProgId"="AppX43hnxtbyyps62jhe9sqpdzxn1790zetc"

    Then I noticed that there were extensions that were registered that did not appear on that OpenWith list, which made my next step obvious:

    I backed it up, then deleted the whole [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Roaming\OpenWith] tree.

    Works great. Everything opens with the app that's registered, without double-checking if that's what I really want.

    It's worked so far for me. Please let me know if this works or doesn't work for you.

    I also deleted the "UrlAssociations" key, just because.
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  3.    09 Nov 2015 #13

    Didn't work for me. I'm still asked how to open a PDF every time, with stock MS viewer already selected, no tickbox to always use that app...
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  4. Posts : 21
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       13 Dec 2015 #14

    Well, ain't that interesting: I have followed the instructions: could do the trick & get rid of these exceedingly annoying pop-ups! And look at all those other fun options... Thanks!
    Last edited by sandra; 13 Dec 2015 at 13:11.
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  5.    14 Dec 2015 #15

    JohnGoodie said: View Post
    Having a similar issue. Except for internet explorer being the default browser. I have it set as the default browser, but when clicking links from outlook, I get that message. Attachment 30305
    Hi, with that one it's worth going to the 'old' control panel and setting the default there (CP, Default Programs). That way you can see how many defaults are set. I also seem to recall I had to set the default for a hyperlink manually once, which is the problem you seem to be having.

    I.e. perhaps trying to use Settings to specify a default browser might not be completely reliable.
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  6. Posts : 2,232
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1607 (AE build 14393.1198)
       24 Dec 2015 #16

    Beezlesnort said: View Post
    I installed a registry tracker to see what was changed when I told Windows to use the program that I had previously told it to use, and it pointed me to this registry key:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Roaming\OpenWith]

    There are "FileExts" and "UrlAssociations" subtrees. In the FileExts tree, there's an entry for every extension where there is more than one app. There's a UserChoice key under that.

    For extensions where you've told it the app, it looks like this:
    "Hash"="9y6MzyOZgPs="
    "ProgId"="VLC.3ga"

    For extensions where Windows will ask you, it looks like this:
    "Hash"="AuVy+LqM+XE="
    "ProgId"="AppX43hnxtbyyps62jhe9sqpdzxn1790zetc"

    Then I noticed that there were extensions that were registered that did not appear on that OpenWith list, which made my next step obvious:

    I backed it up, then deleted the whole [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Roaming\OpenWith] tree.

    Works great. Everything opens with the app that's registered, without double-checking if that's what I really want.

    It's worked so far for me. Please let me know if this works or doesn't work for you.

    I also deleted the "UrlAssociations" key, just because.
    Deleting the whole Open with tree worked for me too! Thanks. It was rather annoying to set the default application for JPEG, MPG and other extensions every day! Yes, every day Windows would ask me how to open the file or open it with Windows apps instead of my preferred applications! Really annoying! I hope it is a permanent solution. Thank you again!
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  7.    3 Weeks Ago #17

    Hi,

    I'd appreciate help.

    I didn’t have success deleting [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Roaming\OpenWith] from the registry as suggested in this thread.

    As I detailed in this screen-recording (windows pop-up default app.mp4 - Google Drive), if I run the files from Windows Explorer, there is no problem and the default program launches properly. No annoying pop-up window!

    However, the pop-up window asking "how do you want to open this file?" always appears when I run the file through a link from any other application (e.g. MS Word).

    Does anyone know how to open default program always, in any situation, without pop-up "how do you want to open this file"?

    Thanks for assistance,
    Cadu
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