TWINUI App reset to default, browser set to default RRS feed

  • Question

  • I work in PC refurbishing.  Part of what I do is prepare Windows 10 images for deployment to refurbished computers.

    Recently, I went to update all my images to latest updates and recapture them.

    Unfortunately, something has gone sideways in one of the cumulative updates or something.  I have not experienced this issue with Windows 10 1903 before.  It's a recent change.  Within the past 2 months (I generated images back in June successfully.)

    Now what I'm seeing, is when the image is deployed to a target computer (the image has been 'sealed' back to OOBE via Sysprep), upon completing setup questions and seeing the desktop, I am greeted by about 20 notification that various Edge browser associations and App associations were reset to TWINUI.

    I'm really unsure what's going on here.  It's a fresh install basically.  I cannot figure out what is causing this to happen.  Can anyone help?  I can provide further details if it helps.  Everything I can find on the internet related to TWINUI and App defaults getting reset suggest the registry is corrupted and I should use System Restore, or reinstall Windows.  Obviously this not a viable solution, as this IS a fresh install.

    Any help or insights would be fantastic.

    Friday, September 6, 2019 10:17 PM

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  • Hi,

    You can test the Powershell Command

    Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

    in your problematic PC. If the command works fine, I suggested you to recapture your image.

    Hope this helps.

    Best Regards.

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    Tuesday, September 10, 2019 2:16 AM
  • Hi,
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    Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:18 AM
  • Hi, 

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    Best regards. 

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    Monday, September 30, 2019 8:19 AM
    • Edited by MilanD3 Friday, October 11, 2019 6:01 PM fixed URL
    Friday, October 11, 2019 6:00 PM
  • So here we are again, with 1909 causing these issues again.

    My previous solution is no longer working.  My previous solution was to install from the 1903 ISO image to a VM not connected to the internet.  Then go into Windows Updates and pause updates.  Doing this prevented any further updates from being installed onto the clean 1903 image.  This stopped the app association default resetting flurry of notifications, while still allowing me to reconnect to the internet to install a few custom apps (those apps being: Adobe Reader, VLC media player and LibreOffice)

    Well, it's back again.  I tried the previous solution to no avail.  I tried allowing updates and resealing/recapturing, no joy, about 14 notifications appear.

    I checked out that other thread by Milan, but nothing in there seems to help, I frankly don't even understand some of the stuff he's talking about, I could not even find a DEFAULTUSER.  I did find .DEFAULT, but none of the registry keys he recommends removing before sysprep even exist in that subfolder of the registry.

    Any insights or things I could try would be fantastic.  I'm going bald here trying to figure this out.

    Everything else about my process remains the same:  Install from ISO to a virtual machine, engage audit mode (Ctrl-shift-F3 from first setup question), make a few adjustments to the desktop, install 3 custom apps, then sysprep to reseal the image.  I am using the CopyProfile feature to propagate desktop customizations (wall paper, icons on desktop, etc)  Create a recovery partition, copy ISO image to that recovery partition, then use DISM to capture from the sealed customized image and place the new install.wim into the recovery partition.  Lastly I run a little script that adds a second boot option to boot from the recovery partition.

    If I can provide any other information that would be useful, just ask.

    • Edited by Chetar Ruby Saturday, November 16, 2019 8:48 PM added audit mode step
    Saturday, November 16, 2019 8:46 PM
  • Chetar, I am experiencing the exact same issue you are. I also could not find the keys in DEFAULT registry Milan mentioned. Those keys are apparently not there in Audit Mode - not sure? 

    I've done the fresh install of 1903 and 1909.

    So far I've tried the following:

    1. Fresh install with no Audit Mode, just finish installation and create new user and try logging in with new user (tried admin/reg user both). Result: Settings-Apps-Default Apps window crashes completely when I try to select Video or Music player and choose Windows Media Player for example. Also, upon logging I saw Default App Reset notification, but not as many - maybe 4-5.

    2. Fresh install, then Audit Mode, then Windows updates on 1903 and 1909 both follower by sysprep with the unattend.xml that contains only one setting: copyprofile. This actually helped some. Default Apps window would not crash upon new user login. However, this time I had like 18 or so Default App Reset notifications.

    3. Same as number 2 but this time with little bit of more "sophisticated" unattend.xml that contained things like answers to the first OOBE stuff, etc. Result - the same as number 2.

    4. Not to mention that on my existing image I've tried Milan's advice for the keys that I found because this 1903 has been in use for awhile for VDI. I got the progress and I did notice the errors went away but the window crashed when selecting Default Apps in Settings menu (Video and Music tend to crash the whole thing).

    I hope that someone out there from Microsoft is reading this. I hope that someone can see that hundreds of people are going through this mess (that I know of)... I've even noticed this on the USAF image for VDI. I know it's not VDI related because these things are happening on bare metal desktops, laptops, new VMs, you name it. It's an obvious mess that's costing us a lot of time.

    I am feeling hopeless but I will keep digging. I've read about exporting and importing default apps xml but I really am stepping to the swim lane I haven't been swimming in for over a decade...

    As always all of you smart people out there reading this - any input is greatly appreciated. I will totally share any progress I make. My next step is to open a ticket with MSFT but I am waiting for my Contract ID to update on our partner link.

    I want to "rear-naked-choke" this issue :D



    Friday, December 20, 2019 3:41 AM
  • I feel your pain.

    I too am plagued by this TWINUI reset issue. I never got around to doing a 1903 image, but I didn't experience this on 1809. Looks like Microsoft is a little too smart for their own good in their 'registry protection'.

    If audit mode is not enough to change settings for everyone on a machine, what is? Especially when machines are not domain joined?

    I hope someone cracks the code for this. I had everything set up just the way my customer wanted it, but TWINUI messes it all up ...

    Thursday, January 2, 2020 2:05 PM