Ok, first of all I DON'T WANT suggestions on how to change my default applications, I'm a very seasoned system administrator and I'm well aware of how to do it.
Since Windows 10 ONLY allows me as a sys admin to set a list of default application associations via an .xml file ONE TIME at a computer login or a user login via GPO, HOW IN THE WORLD DOES GOOGLE CHROME REPEATEDLY KEEP CHANGING THE DEFAULT PDF VIEWER TO ITSELF FOR MY USERS????
I've been working on this for months now and it is really piss poor that Microsoft does not let sys admins control the default file associations to the degree they are doing it now. That would be FAR MORE SECURE than MS deciding that their stupid piss poor browser is the best options if a registry key that controls it is changed. These types of controls might be fine for stupid home users, but not for business. If MS can't successfully allow for optimal functionality between both then perhaps they need to have two lines of products one for business where sys admins are allowed to do their jobs and one for stupid home users.
I just had another user with this issue today. They logged on to their computer, my GPO did its job set the default pdf viewer to Adobe Reader, the user opened/closed several pdf files no problem. A short time later goes to open a pdf file and it opens in CHROME!!!
I scrubbed through the registry on the computer and NOWHERE was there an association between chrome and pdf files, in fact it was quite the opposite every pdf file association and userchoice key was set to Adobe as it should be. However in settings, apps, default apps, view apps by file types it listed chrome and all shortcuts to pdfs had a chrome icon and opened in chrome.
So obviously there is a serious FLAW in Microcraps plan to protect and keep a users default application file associations. So if anyone out there knows how chrome is doing this, when I can't even get around it as a sys admin, or can help fix the root cause of this issue, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks in advance!