Everybody likes having specific default apps on Windows 10 so when we want to open a file, a specific app does it. For example, we can have a text file to always open with Notepad, Word or any other tool that we choose, have a link to open with our favorite browser, have an image to open with the image viewer that we choose, etc. However, many of you have certainly noticed how Windows resets the default apps on Windows 10, sometimes after an update. Right now, we will show you how to prevent Windows 10 from resetting some default apps that we use to open a specific type of file on our computer.
To do this, we can use a tool that has been especially designed to prevent Microsoft from resetting certain default apps when you least expect it, forcing you to set up your system again to use default apps chosen by you.
Preventing Windows 10 from resetting some default apps with Stop Resetting My Apps
We are talking about Stop Resetting My Apps, a free portable tool (meaning that we do not need to install it) that has an interface that is really easy to use. We just have to download and run Stop Resetting My Apps to see some tiles at the bottom. Inside these tiles, we will see the default apps that Microsoft sets on Windows 10 to browse the web, manage e-mails, see photos and play music and videos, etc.
This means that we will see the following logos: Microsoft Edge, Windows 10’s Mail app, Photos, Movies & TV, and 3D Builder. So, we just have to click on each of these logos to tell Windows 10 which apps we do not want Microsoft to reset again.
By clicking on them, we will see a “stop” icon that means that we do not want Microsoft to set those apps as default apps on the system. We can see on the developer’s webpage that Stop Resetting My Apps has been updated to work on Windows 10 build 15063. Maybe we will have some problems to block default apps using the tool depending on our Windows version. If that happens, we can also go for the manual mode.
How to manually prevent Windows 10 from resetting some default apps to open a specific type of file
To do it manually, we have to access Windows 10’s registry by running the “regedit” command. Once we are there, we have to go to the following route: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModel\Repository\Packages.
There we have to find the apps that we want to prevent from being set as default apps. Then we have to go to the app’s name\Capabilities\FileAssociations. For example, in case we want to prevent Edge from opening certain files, we have to go to Microsoft Edge\Capabilities\FileAssociations and copy the value shown on the chosen file type’s text. It will be a value like AppX4hxtad77fbk3jkkeerkrm0ze94wjf3s9, which we must copy.
Now we have to go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppX4hxtad77fbk3jkkeerkrm0ze94wjf3s9 (or the value that we copied). We have to right-click on the right panel to create a new string value named NoOpenWith and keep its value empty. This process can be done with any file type that we want to stop from being open with that specific app.