Default PDF and not ms edge

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Feb 16, 2021 Feb 16, 2021

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so a lot of win 10 pc's are using 2017 reader for a vendor's 'old' app requirment and DC as the main adobe for all other apps.  we're trying to set the default to opening pdf files for either 2017 or flip/fail over to DC and not use 'edge browser' if 2017 is not found.   in other words we've been building win 10 pc's with no 2017 but the default setting is the 2017 reader on the global gpo.  and with so many users, we can't just use the security filter, groups or OU or some other gpo config to seperate. (it causes some LDAP issues with some other older phone apps).

 

so in win10 you have to a xml file to set file defaults if done via gpo.  that works fine.  

 

but a lot newer win 10 builds with 20h2 feature are using DC in the same OU folder with the gpo setting for 2017 reader as default.   so if no 2017, windows default to the edge browser instead of the only DC install.  

Question:

is there a way via gpo to use a registry add/file or some gpo setting to default to DC if the gpo with the 2017 reader is not installed (just don't want edge)

 

this add registry key to say no to edge but its not really working.  

adding the NoOpenWith regkey in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppX4hxtad77fbk3jkkeerkrm0ze94wjf3s9

i've looked at these options.  some other scipts.  I'm slowing on teting these.

 

or this link but switching out chome with dc.

https://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/161343-set-default-pdf-reader-with-gpo-depending-on-whether-...

set user FTA file types with script 

https://kolbi.cz/blog/2017/10/25/setuserfta-userchoice-hash-defeated-set-file-type-associations-per-...

 

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