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This question appeared in my inbox today, ‘Edge’ has a nasty habit of assigning itself the default PDF reader, particularly after a round of updates!
First I went and had a look at my old Experts Exchange Buddy Ramesh’s site (www.winhelponline.com) who had done the heavy lifting and worked out the registry keys;
Note: I’m only concerned with .pdf files, if you want to block .htm and/or .html files, then just repeat this process using the the REG_SZ values from above;
The solution for a single machine is to create the following two registry string values;
REG_SZ Name = NoOpenWith
REG_SZ Name = NoStaticDefaultVerb
Then set the correct file associate like so;
Which is fine for one machine but what if you have hundreds of complaining users! Then we need to employ some Group Policies. But there’s a few hoops to jump though first. On your client machine, the one you have just tested the procedure on, export your file association to an XML file. Open an administrative command window, and execute the following command;
Dism /Online /Export-DefaultAppAssociations:C:\Windows\Temp\DefaultApps.xml
If you take a look at the a file you will see, (providing you did it right) the Adobe/PDF file association.
Now copy the file to a location all your domain clients can see, in my case I’m going to drop it in the sysvol directory.
Crete a new Group Policy linked to the computers you want to apply the change to, then edit it.
Save and exit the, group policy, now create a SECOND POLICY linked to your USERS.
Note: Ive already created the registry values on the machine I’m configuring the policy on, (you can export the key and import it on a domain controller to make things easier for you). Close and exit the policy editor.
Then wait, or Force Group Policy.
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