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How To Stop Windows 10 App Defaults Resetting

An odd bug that Windows 10 has is that it will reset app defaults. App defaults tell Windows 10 which apps will open which types of files. For example, you can assign Notepad to open all TXT files, or you can assign Notepad++ to open all TXT files. Windows 10 has some default file associations that users can change but for most file types, you need to set the default app on a per file type basis. The app defaults resetting isn’t difficult to fix but it takes a long time to do it, especially if you go about it on a file-type basis.

To combat this, there’s an app called Stop Resetting my apps which, as the name describes, will stop Windows 10 from resetting app defaults.

Stop App Defaults Resetting

Download and run the app. Right off the bat, you’ll notice that it supports only a few select apps and they’re all stock Windows 10 apps. To stop Windows 10 app defaults resetting , click an app. A stop symbol will appear on it to indicate that the default is locked. That’s about it. If the bug plagues your system, the next time it surfaces, the app defaults should be untouched.


Since Stop Resetting my apps only supports stock apps, there’s a very obvious limitation here. Any third-party apps, and the file associations that go with them, can still be reset. This app is a half-solution to the bug. If the bug kicks in, the default apps like Photos and Movies will not, for example, override file associations for VLC player or IrfanView.

There are two versions of this bug on Windows 10; one where the app defaults are reset at random, and one where the defaults are reset after a minor or major update. The app can only prevent the bug in the first scenario. If app defaults reset after a Windows 10 update, there isn’t anything that the app can do.

Alternative Solutions

If this problem plagues you often, more often than you’d like and this app isn’t enough to keep your workflow from being interrupted, you’re going to have to go the nuclear route; do a clean Windows 10 installation. If you can’t do that, it’s best to set file associations on an app basis. This lets you select an app, like VLC player, and automatically associate all file types that VLC player can open and associate it with the app.

To do so, open the Settings app and go to the Apps group of settings. Go to the Default apps tab. Scroll down and click Set defaults by app.


  1. I agree that “Microsoft is pushy. [and] I hate Microsoft Edge.” Prior to today, Windows 10 would reset my PDF default about once a week, forcing me to reset it at least 3 times over a day or two, then leaving me alone for a few days. Today alone – before 11 am – I had already reset it FIVE times. This is more than a bug IMO, but if it is only a bug windows 10 has been out long enough that I want microsoft held accountable for the valuable time they’re forcing all their clients to waste. Including the frustration and simple-solution-seeking time we end up spending…

  2. simple solution…..just uninstall the Microsoft apps for movies, music and office and end of problem

  3. I have a Lenovo V110 with Win 10. After the most recent upgrade this problem of resets started. My only comment is Windows is a waste of time. Out of 7 computers of various types only this one runs a recent Windows. 2 others run Win Vista and XP. Everything else is Linux. Too bad the computer industry has such a tie together I can’t load Linux on the Lenovo. I’ll stick with Linux instead of the security hole that is Windows. Still buggy after all these years, as far back as Win 3.11 in the 1980s.

    • Thanks Inda, still works in 2020. It kind of bothers me that all these sites call this a ‘curious bug’ or windows 10 bug, it is clearly intentionally done as well as very simple to fix.

  4. Now, I have tried your so called “Alternative Solutions” to this problem more than once. Yet, at some point Windows 10 decides it does not like my choice and notifies me that it is setting a Windows app to be the default to open a file with this extension.
    An example is I like and use Irfanview to review JPEG (*.jpg) files. I set Irfanview as the default. It hold for a while (a day to a week or more) then I get one of those little slide out notices that Windows is setting Photo Galley as the default. Then I have to go back a set Irfanview to be the default again.
    Another example are Microsoft Office files. I do not have Microsoft Office and I have set LibreOffice as the default for these files. Yet, when I click on a file with a Microsoft Office extension it asks me what program I want to use to open the file.
    Microsoft is pushy. I am leaving Microsoft Mail because it is now going to open links in Microsoft Edge only. I hate Microsoft Edge.

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