1.    18 Feb 2016 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 9
    Windows 10

    How to make Photoscape the default image handler


    Hi everyone,

    So, I have just bought a new laptop (Dell Inspiron 14) running Win10. After Win7 everything is a bit of a shock. The current problem I have encountered (there are many more) is that I don't seem to be able to force Win 10 to make Photoscape the default app for managing images. I can open individual photos with the program but only by using the 'open with' option.

    Trying to use 'Settings', it tells me Photoscape is there, however, it is listed as 'unavailable'. Furthermore, when attempting to make the change Win 10 lists only its own photo app or 'Go to the store'.

    Any thoughts that don't require a PhD in advanced programming would be appreciated.
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  2.    18 Feb 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 11,133
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Hi, from Win 8 on you can't set a program as default from within the program. Only one or two tell you that, alas. So that has to be done from Settings, the Control Panel, or Open With. You probably knew that anyway as part of your pre-course reading...

    Suggest you try going here:
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    and seeing if you can set the default from there.

    Note that there are peculiarities in Win 10 about setting defaults, and e.g. hyperlink associations need to be set via the control panel if changing from the default, Edge. You may get oddly reprompted about your default via Open With, and some report defaults reset on restart e.g. (attributed so far to obsolete 3rd party progs e.g. old version Winzip).

    Note: You'll feel much more comfortable if you use Classic Shell (freeware) as your start menu. The Win 10 start menu does not express a traditional hierarchical start menu in a usable, complete or sensible way. (Sad, isn't it?). Oh, you can use both if you install C Shell and launch universal apps from it too. (You can even get yourself a Win 7 Orb..! And I've used Icon Changer to change a good number of icons to Win 7's).

    Experiment cautiously with Settings- especially privacy. Cortana can be easily offended. (And it's not too much use - my opinion).

    Use 3rd party disk imaging.. and oh, system restore is off by default in Win 10, and restore points are not set on MS updates.
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  3.    18 Feb 2016 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 9
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    OK dalchina, thanks for that. I will have a quick play around and see what happens.
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  4.    19 Feb 2016 #4
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Posts : 9
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Hi, from Win 8 on you can't set a program as default from within the program. Only one or two tell you that, alas. So that has to be done from Settings, the Control Panel, or Open With. You probably knew that anyway as part of your pre-course reading...

    Suggest you try going here:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Snap 2016-02-18 at 10.58.24.jpg 
Views:	2 
Size:	54.1 KB 
ID:	64833
    and seeing if you can set the default from there.

    Note that there are peculiarities in Win 10 about setting defaults, and e.g. hyperlink associations need to be set via the control panel if changing from the default, Edge. You may get oddly reprompted about your default via Open With, and some report defaults reset on restart e.g. (attributed so far to obsolete 3rd party progs e.g. old version Winzip).

    Note: You'll feel much more comfortable if you use Classic Shell (freeware) as your start menu. The Win 10 start menu does not express a traditional hierarchical start menu in a usable, complete or sensible way. (Sad, isn't it?). Oh, you can use both if you install C Shell and launch universal apps from it too. (You can even get yourself a Win 7 Orb..! And I've used Icon Changer to change a good number of icons to Win 7's).

    Experiment cautiously with Settings- especially privacy. Cortana can be easily offended. (And it's not too much use - my opinion).

    Use 3rd party disk imaging.. and oh, system restore is off by default in Win 10, and restore points are not set on MS updates.

    Hi dalchina,
    Just wanted to send a quick message of thanks for your efforts assisting me with sorting out default apps. Having seen your post it made sense right away. I missed it as I'm still thinking Win7 terms and looking for familiar screens. This Win10 beast is going to take some taming. Still not sure about it yet. It's like fighting with big marshmallow.

    gobackto3point1
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