Windows Promises To Fix File Association Bug on Windows 10

Windows Promises To Fix File Association Bug on Windows 10


Build 1809 has not had the best track record for Windows in the past two months: the October update brought in issue after issue and, though this current issue is not, allegedly, directly related to it, Windows just seems to have a hard time keeping bugs at bay.

The latest problem seems to be the way Windows associates files with their default programs: some users find themselves unable to set Win32 program defaults for various apps, for example, and file type combinations by using the “Open with” command or even Settings > Apps > Default apps.

One Reddit user has come up with a temporary fix that might work around it, but there’s no guarantee it will work for everyone:

This might help: OpenWith_direct_context_menu.reg
Don’t know about 1803, but on 1809 it sort-of works.
1st step: select program (might need to click More programs) and click OK (important!)
2nd step: select program again. This time the always use this app checkbox should appear.
Check it, and click OK (important!)
Repeat a few times if it still does not work.
There is another advantage to this replacement – it forces the OpenWith option to be visible if somehow Windows disables it.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has added the issue to its support page and promises to fix it in a week’s time. No rush, guys.

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