Can't change default programs in windows 10 (Resolved)

Now that "upgrading" to windows 10 has changed my file associations back to windows programs I don't want to use, I can't change file associates back. Right clicking on files to change association displays the option to choose another app, but clicking on this doesn't do anything. Then control panel's method of associating a filetype with a program freezes whenever I use it, and the set your default programs control panel option leads to a bar that has been loading all morning.

So I've tried three ways and none of them are responsive. Are there any other ways to change this? Is there a patch coming to fix this and the nonfunctional search bar?

I don't know what did it, but it's fixed now.

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Hi Meyer,

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We would like to know what program are you trying to make a default one?

Please let us know the answer to the question asked to help you further.

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Hi Meyer,

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We would like to know what program are you trying to make a default one?

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I am having the same issue. It isn't that I can't choose a specific program to act as a default for a file type it's that this option does not seem to exist anywhere. 

I don't care which media player acts as the default at this point as long as one of them does.

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Now that "upgrading" to windows 10 has changed my file associations back to windows programs I don't want to use, I can't change file associates back. Right clicking on files to change association displays the option to choose another app, but clicking on this doesn't do anything. Then control panel's method of associating a filetype with a program freezes whenever I use it, and the set your default programs control panel option leads to a bar that has been loading all morning.

So I've tried three ways and none of them are responsive. Are there any other ways to change this? Is there a patch coming to fix this and the nonfunctional search bar?

I don't know what did it, but it's fixed now.

Why is this topic marked "(Resolved)" on the postings page, when it ISN'T even addressed?

I have the same question and the title gave me hope that I had found the answer,  It's BS.

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As with all Microsoft supposed help answers it is useless to the normal user and never addresses the question asked.

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I can not set ANY default browser. I have gone into settings, default apps, browser, clicked on Google Chrome (which I prefer) and nothing happens. As a matter of fact, nothing happens when I click on Microsoft Edge either.

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Hi,

Which browser is the current default? What happens when you double-click a website shortcut or a html file?

To change the defaults, try via classic UI:

Right-click Start, click Control Panel, Default Programs, Set your default programs.

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Hi,

Which browser is the current default? What happens when you double-click a website shortcut or a html file?

To change the defaults, try via classic UI:

Right-click Start, click Control Panel, Default Programs, Set your default programs.

Microsoft Edge is the one that will open some of the time, but I don't want it.

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I am also experiencing this issue as of the latest update.

When I try to use:

Start -> Settings -> System -> Default Apps

To select the apps I want as the default, none of them actually accept any changes.

For example, my default mail client is currently blank ("Choose default"), regardless of which I choose, it still remains blank and does not save any choices.

The UI does not even show I made a selection. The moment I click my desired e-mail client for the list, the item immediately returns to blank ("Choose default") as if I never made a selection. This behavior is also present with the other default apps. For example, my default browser is currently Edge, regardless of any selection that I make, it remains on Edge as if I never made a choice.

This has only been happening as of the latest update from what I can tell.Searching has been entirely unhelpful in providing any insights into the cause.

Looking forward to a solution.

Classic UI is a Band-Aid workaround, but certainly not a viable continuous solution.

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I cannot change my web browser either 

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This worked for me.  Thanks.

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