Windows 10: Disable Mail app via GPO

Discus and support Disable Mail app via GPO in Browsers and Email to solve the problem; Hello, In our environment we have the problem that the default association for the mailto: protocol is not consistently set to open Outlook. So... Discussion in 'Browsers and Email' started by dinci5, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. dinci5 Win User

    Disable Mail app via GPO


    Hello,

    In our environment we have the problem that the default association for the mailto: protocol is not consistently set to open Outlook.

    So many users who click a mailto: link will be presented with the Mail app instead of Outlook.
    Then they end up logging in their Office 365 account in the Mail app.

    I can't seem to find the GPO to disable the Mail app completely.
    I now ended up changing my default SCCM deployment to uninstall the Mail app but we still have about 1k devices with the app still installed.

    Also, I'm pretty sure if we later this year start the upgrade to the latest W10 build the app will probably be installed again.

    So, does anybody know how to disable this freaking thing via GPO?

    Thank you

    :)
     
    dinci5, Apr 10, 2017
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  2. BumSkull Win User

    Windows 10 is too hard to look at and hurts my eyes

    Thank you for the response. Unfortunately I can not use the feedback app as it requires UAC which is disabled via GPO in my environment.
     
    BumSkull, Apr 10, 2017
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  3. MattyJ000 Win User
    Retrieve and Install Sticky Notes via PowerShell

    So just some background information. The Windows 10 image (Enterprise - Version 1607) I deploy at my company has most UWP apps removed and the Store is disabled via group policy (Don't have permissions to disable the GPO).

    Is there a way I can retrieve and install Sticky Notes via PowerShell?
     
    MattyJ000, Apr 10, 2017
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  4. dalchina New Member

    Disable Mail app via GPO

    dalchina, Apr 10, 2017
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  5. dinci5 Win User
    It's not a problem to change it manually.
    I didn't miss that option *Smile

    The problem is that we need to do it on 1k devices and for us the best thing would be if could disable the Mail app completely via GPO.
     
    dinci5, Apr 10, 2017
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  6. dalchina New Member
    Just wondering if that would solve it? If you have something changing the default association or mail program back to Mail, and Mail were disabled by GPO. wouldn't that simply result in the relevant message, Mail being blocked, sthg like

    Disable Mail app via GPO [​IMG]


    Perhaps, if you can't work out why the default is reverting to Mail, you might consider changing the permissions for the relevant registry keys.. a bit drastic though!

    People using an old version of Winzip found their defaults reset on restart. There was one other program that had that effect as I recall.

    Another thought was that settings were being synced.

    You might consider trying something like this:
    http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/wi...-associations/
     
    dalchina, Apr 10, 2017
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  7. dinci5 Win User
    You have a point there. That's definitely something I'll need to pay attention to.

    I'm honestly not sure what registry keys I need to change to force the association for the mailto: protocol.

    In the regisry key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail" nothing changes when I change the default association for Email.

    It's probably written into an XML file... I'll check out if I find anything in there.
     
    dinci5, Apr 10, 2017
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  8. dalchina New Member

    Disable Mail app via GPO

    If you want to find out what changes in the registry after a particular action, try regshot (free),
    Scans the registry before, then after the change, then gives a comparison listing whatever's been added/deleted/changed.


    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppXdyw2j75xqd0y008p4bvtxhnxp3py2t2g
    is for Mail
    - so presumably take the idea from
    http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/wi...-associations/
    using that.
     
    dalchina, Apr 5, 2018
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