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Set a default associations configuration

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  • Hi Guys,

    I'm deploying Windows 10 Enterpise November Update (Build 10586) via MDT. I have set VLC to be the default audio/video player, Adobe Reader to be the default PDF viewer and Chrome to be the default browser.
    I used this tutorial to create an xml file of the settings using Dism /Online /Export-DefaultAppAssociations.
    After setting the default associations configuration file in Group Policy, VLC and Adobe Reader are succesfully the default programs but Edge remains the default browser. It should be Google Chrome.

    Because it is not working I tried the registry tweaks that I found on this website:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <DefaultAssociations>
      <Association Identifier=".htm" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
      <Association Identifier=".html" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
      <Association Identifier="http" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
      <Association Identifier="https" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
    </DefaultAssociations>

    But this results in Edge saying "An app default was reset" (to Edge). To fix that I tried the fix
    on this website to no avail. I have downloaded and installed the windows 10 1115 admx templates and the Google Chrome admx templates and I have set Chrome to be the default browser in user settings.
    This is not changing anything. (I know the user has to start Chrome once for this to take effect).
    The weird thing is that settings the default associations through the xml file as well as setting Chrome as default browser works at 5 other locations but this location... not so much.

    What could be the culprit?





    • Edited by Japsurd Tuesday, April 26, 2016 4:24 PM
    Tuesday, April 26, 2016 3:43 PM

Answers

  • Hi Japsurd,

    The Standard user can install Google Chrome browser. However, when trying to apply “Set as default browser”, the UAC window pops up and it need the admin privilege.

    So I think this may be the reason why your policy did not work.

    To achieve your goal, you could modify the registry key below for user.

    HTTP

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Associations\UrlAssociations\http

    HTTPS

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Associations\UrlAssociations\https

     For more information, you could refer to the article below.

    https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/464572-how-to-set-google-chrome-as-the-default-browser-in-group-policy

    In addition, you could download chrome.admx file and add it to policydefinition to meet your request.

    For more information, you could refer to the article below.

    How to Configure Google Chrome via Group Policies

    http://woshub.com/how-to-configure-google-chrome-via-group-policies/

    Best Regards,

    Jay


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    Friday, April 29, 2016 2:28 AM
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  • Hi Japsurd,

    I am testing, I will post my result later.

    Best Regards,

    Jay


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    Friday, April 29, 2016 12:21 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Japsurd,

    The Standard user can install Google Chrome browser. However, when trying to apply “Set as default browser”, the UAC window pops up and it need the admin privilege.

    So I think this may be the reason why your policy did not work.

    To achieve your goal, you could modify the registry key below for user.

    HTTP

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Associations\UrlAssociations\http

    HTTPS

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Associations\UrlAssociations\https

     For more information, you could refer to the article below.

    https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/464572-how-to-set-google-chrome-as-the-default-browser-in-group-policy

    In addition, you could download chrome.admx file and add it to policydefinition to meet your request.

    For more information, you could refer to the article below.

    How to Configure Google Chrome via Group Policies

    http://woshub.com/how-to-configure-google-chrome-via-group-policies/

    Best Regards,

    Jay


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    Friday, April 29, 2016 2:28 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Jasurd,

    If the reply above has resolved your problem, please mark it answer as it would be helpful to anyone who encounters the similar issues.

    Thank you.

    Best Regards,

    Jay


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    Friday, May 06, 2016 6:19 AM
    Moderator
  • Thank you very much for your effort Jay. I'm going to try out your suggestions this week. I will post my results here.

    Server Pastoor Ariens vraag

    Sunday, May 08, 2016 1:51 PM
  • It turns out that users need read permissions on the folder where the defaultapps.xml file is located, allthough the setting for making Chrome default is in the computer section of GPO. Now all is good.

    Thank you,

    Jasper.




    • Edited by Japsurd Sunday, June 12, 2016 5:44 PM
    Sunday, June 12, 2016 5:44 PM