Windows 10: unable to change default program based on file type

Discus and support unable to change default program based on file type in Windows 10 Customization to solve the problem; i tried to open a file and it popped up the thing to select a default program for that file type, but chose the wrong program. if i go into my settings... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Customization' started by pythonyyyyy, Jun 18, 2021.

  1. unable to change default program based on file type


    i tried to open a file and it popped up the thing to select a default program for that file type, but chose the wrong program. if i go into my settings to try to change the default it no longer lets me choose any program other than the one i already chose or something from the microsoft store.

    :)
     
    pythonyyyyy, Jun 18, 2021
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  2. dalchina Win User

    Unable to change default program

    Hi, what happens, for example with zip and 7-zip when you rt click a zip file, Open With, More apps, click the box at the bottom 'Always use...' and select 7-zip?

    I'm on 1709, and an update some time back means the Control Panel Default Programs => Settings, where, like you, I don't see 7-zip listed.

    My current handler is WinRAR.

    If I use Open With, I can effect a change to 7-zip:

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    Not checked what happens after a restart.

    Also, by re-installing 7-zip (I chose as admin) I found it listed in Settings, Default Apps, File types for zip.
     
    dalchina, Jun 18, 2021
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  3. Bree Win User
    How to change default app for file type

    'Open With > Choose another app' has three step, in the first it only offers apps registered for that file type. If you click 'More apps' it lists all registered apps regardless of suitability. Both these steps have the tick-box for 'Always use...' in my 18363.752. The third step, if needed, is 'Look for another app on this PC'. The 'Always use...' must be ticked before taking this step if you want the change to stick. However, WMP appears at the second step.


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    For a quick look at a JPG almost anything (including WMP) is more practical than Photos which on my system takes more than ten seconds just to open a photo. The OP is probably not aware that the Windows Photo Viewer is still available in W10, but hidden away. That's my default viewer for JPG.


    Restore Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10

    And, once enabled, is available in Settings > Apps > Default apps.


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  4. ihardXO Win User

    unable to change default program based on file type

    can't change file type default program

    I am trying to make my music player the default player for mp3, etc music files. I find the file type in the list of files, I see the player in the list of apps but it just sits and looks at me. I can't actually make any changes to the default program.

    Am I doing something wrong?

    Win 10 x64 Home Premium

    Richard
     
    ihardXO, Jun 18, 2021
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