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    Win10 resetting defaults

    Has anyone found a solution to Win10's annoying habit of reverting defaults to its own apps? As an example, I prefer Irfanview for my pictures, yet no matter how many times I set it as my default, Win10 resets it back to its own Photos app. If you do a google search, you'll find many people are having this problem with no tenable solution...

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    Jack,

    I've had no problem with this happening on any of my 4 machines! That said here's what I'd try:
    1. Go to Settings
    2. Select System.
    3. Select Default apps.
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    4. Scroll to Photo Viewer and change to IrfanView.
    5. Select Choose default apps by file type.
    6. Scroll the list and make sure that all the filetypes your use form images are set to use IrfanView as their application. (.img, .jpg, .jpeg, .jpm, etc.)
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    Thanks RetiredGeek. Unfortunately, I've already done that, to no avail. I've also gone into Irfanview itself and changed the file associations there. It sticks for awhile, then reverts back to Photos. Funny thing is that this *isn't* happening on my Surface Pro 3. I'm wondering if the fact that my Pro 3 has Windows 10 Professional as opposed to the Home version I have on my desktop is a factor. Also the Irfanview is the 64 bit version. Should I just uninstall or disable the Photos app, do you think?

    Upon further investigation, you can't uninstall or disable the app. I would have to delete the executable, I think, and that would probably generate an error msg everytime I try to open a picture.
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    Jack,

    I have W10 Pro 64 bit on my main machine w/IrfanView 64 bit!

    My main Laptop is W10 Home 64 bit w/IrfanView 64 bit.

    My secondary Laptop is Win10 Pro (Insider Build 14328, in the process of installing 14332) w/IrfanView 64 bit.

    All work as expected, will post back when 14332 is finished installing.

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    I have Palemoon set as my default browser and every now and again Windows will ask if I want to keep on using it

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    RetiredGeek, if you do a search on Google, you'll find *lots* of people are having my problem...

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    The first time I setup Irfanview on my Win10 machine, I used the portable version (which is my preference) and I had a lot of trouble with Windows resetting the defaults after Irfanview set them. So I removed that and did a regular install with the 64bit version then went to settings to confirm the defaults - I have not had any issues since.

    It's also possible that a patch has fixed whatever the problem was so I cannot say if changing versions actually made the difference. As to many others reporting the same problem, it's important to know if this is a current problem or something a few months old.
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    The problem only started with me recently. However, a google search reveals the problem has been around for awhile. Some posts mention removing a certain Windows update, but when I looked for that update (programs and features), I never got it, so that is not the cause of my particular problem.

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    If you are running an Insider build, use the Feedback Hub to report the problem. If it gets upvoted by others it will get Microsoft's attention.
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    Sorry, not running any of the insider builds (fast or slow track)...

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    I'm running current 64-bit W10 upgraded from W8.1 and I'm having the same problem. I've been through the cycle of switching the preferences by hand three times now and they just got reset again.

    Oddly, for a short time, I was seeing the Irfanview icon and yet getting the Microsoft utility when I double-clicked. Now I see the Microsoft icons as well.

    This is true of images, pdfs, and audio.

    It's *really* irritating, IMO.

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    It would really be annoying to me if this is happening *by design,* rather than just being a bug.

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    It's not a bug . . . it's an unintended feature.

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    I've found some leads, for example:
    http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/wi...-associations/
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    https://social.technet.microsoft.com...10itprogeneral
    and
    http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/st...-associations/
    http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/ed...-associations/

    Microsoft apparently claims it is caused by the applications, but I'm fairly certain this is nonsense. (It would require several apps which are well-respected and which have worked for years to all go bad simultaneously.)

    The question is whether to try the www.winhelponline.com regedit fix.

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    The www.winhelponline.com regedit fix seems to help, but W10 still resets the associations; but much less frequently, so it's worth doing.

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