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Set Deafult apps Settings via GPO on Windows 10

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  • Hello,

    Is there any default ADMX templates where we can set Default App Settings  (aka File Assocaitions) via Group Policy for Windows 10 computers on a domain ?

    Regards,

    Ramu


    Ramu V Ramanan

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:00 AM

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  • Yes, There is default ADMX templates for windows 10.

    To review which settings are new in Windows 10, review the Windows 10 ADMX spreadsheet here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25250


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    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 12:36 PM
  • > File Assocaitions via Group Policy for Windows 10
     
    In Group Policy Preferences "Folder Options" there is the possibility to
    link an extension to an application ("Open with"). Starting with Windows
    8, this does still work for new extensions (that are NOT already
    registered in windows). For all extensions that are already registered,
    this does NOT work anymore because SYSTEM has no write access to the
    related registry values.
     
    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 1:00 PM
  • Hi,

    Regarding your requirement, the Open With preference item in group policy may be helpful to you. Please refer to the following steps:

    Step 1. Edit a GPO that is targeted to the used that you want to apply this setting.

    Step 2. Navigate User Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings then right click on Folder Options and Navigate to New > Open With.

    Step 3. Type in the extension in the File Extension and then put in the path to the program you want to have open the file. Then optionally tick “Set as default” and press “OK”.

    Note: When specifying the file path keep in mind that it may be different for x86 and x64 platforms therefore it may be best to use the %ProgramFilesDir% variable.

    More articles for your reference:

    Folder Options Extension

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731818.aspx

    Configure an Open With Item

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732272.aspx

    How to Configure an Open With Preference Group Policy Item

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/6452.how-to-configure-an-open-with-preference-group-policy-item.aspx

    Best Regards,

    Alvin Wang


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    Thursday, February 4, 2016 4:23 AM
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  • > Regarding your requirement, the Open With preference item in group
    > policy may be helpful to you. Please refer to the following steps:
     
    Alvin, you didn't read my comment on this setting. It does NOT work for
    already registered file extensions anymore...
     
    Thursday, February 4, 2016 12:28 PM
  • Thursday, February 4, 2016 2:55 PM
  • Thanks Mike. I was hoping to avoid using a config file from a share. The 'Open with' method is a pain for already registered file extensions, so I would rather avoid that (Windows 10 tends to set Edge was the default for certain things, which causes issues). I think MS could develop something simpler in the ADMX next time. 

    Ramu V Ramanan

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 11:43 PM
  • This is a real shame, it appears that MS made this change at some point this year.

    I have had a case open with them for months now - I just want them to confirm either way.

    Thursday, November 17, 2016 11:11 AM
  • > File Assocaitions via Group Policy for Windows 10
     
    In Group Policy Preferences "Folder Options" there is the possibility to
    link an extension to an application ("Open with"). Starting with Windows
    8, this does still work for new extensions (that are NOT already
    registered in windows). For all extensions that are already registered,
    this does NOT work anymore because SYSTEM has no write access to the
    related registry values.
     

    Hi Martin,

     

    I was just wondering if this behaviour is by design or if this is just a bug?

    @M789456123: Have you already got a response from Microsoft?

     

    Regards,

    Philipp


    • Edited by PhilippMair Wednesday, March 15, 2017 3:38 PM
    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 3:38 PM
  • > I was just wondering if this behaviour is by design or if this is just a bug?
     
    This is by design - it prevents malicious App installers to change file associations without user acknoledgement.
     
    In Win10 you have to use an XML file to modify associations.
     
    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 5:00 PM
  • Thanks Martin
    Thursday, March 16, 2017 2:35 PM