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What happens when you open a PDF file in Edge? What is the Version of Edge installed? Ideally, the New Edge Chromium can access/open PDF file, as it was in Legacy Edge browser. We would suggest you to Reset Edge and check if you are able to access Adobe Acrobat/PDF files. Press Windows + I key to open Windows Settings. Change.PDF Default from Edge to Adobe Reader in Windows 10 Posted on April 3, 2020 April 3, 2020 by Travis Roberts If you found this post, you are probably facing a frustrating and persistent issue, changing the default program to open Adobe PDF files from Microsoft Edge to Adobe Reader in Windows 10. It is basically a cloned web browser (as pretty much everything they do in my opinion). Nevertheless, you can use this extension in this new web browser since it has an option to install add-on from other web-stores. So you need to download the new Edge browser. See slides below.

If you found this post, you are probably facing a frustrating and persistent issue, changing the default program to open Adobe PDF files from Microsoft Edge to Adobe Reader in Windows 10. The best option would be to remove Microsoft Edge since the primary purpose of Edge is to download Chrome. But, as you probably have already found, that’s not an option.

I stumbled into this problem with Windows 10 Multi-user in aWindows Virtual Desktop (WVD) environment. I use LoginVSI to run workload tests. LoginVSI requires the default PDF viewer set to Adobe Reader. Below are the steps I followed to get PDFfiles to open with Adobe Reader across multiple new profiles consistently.

I pieced this information together from other online posts. Most notably is from Eddie Jackson locatedhere https://eddiejackson.net/wp/?p=15400. Below are the steps that have worked for mewith WVD.

The GPO below could be applied as a local registry change. I recreate my test environment frequently, and it was easier to create a GPO and apply it to the WVD session host OU. A description of how I found the registry value is located here https://www.winhelponline.com/blog/edge-hijack-pdf-htm-associations/. I suggest walking through the first part of that post to verify the Prog ID is the same for the Windows and Edge build you are working on.

Start by creating a new policy; mine is namedSetAdobeReaderDefault. Add a new keyunder User Configurations, Preferences, Windows Settings, Registry. The values are: Premiere pro 14.7.

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Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Key path: SoftwareClassesAppXd4nrz8ff68srnhf9t5a8sbjyar1cr723
Value name: NoOpenWith
Value type: REG_SZ

The above step is only part of the battel. The GPO does not set the file association; itonly prevents the associations from reverting to the default.

The next step sets the file association. File associations are set as a system defaultwhen a new user logs in, causing .PDF files to open with Edge. Listed below are the steps to change that defaultassociation.

Log in to the target computer as an Administrator. You will need Adobe Reader installed and aPDF file to test the settings. Add thecomputer to the OU the previously created GPO is applied to.

Open the .PDF file. You will get a dialog box like the one below. Select Adobe as the program to open the file ANDset the file association to always open with that program.

Log out and back in. Testthe file association to verify it’s set to Adobe Reader. The file should open with Adobe without aprompt. The icon may also look different.

That sets the default file association for .PDF files on theAdministrator profile, but this is a profile-specific setting. Any new users will still have .PDF filesassociated with Edge. Fix that bystarting with the DISM command below.

From an elevated command prompt, run:

This command exports the current users default fileassociation, including the new .PDF settings to a file at the root of the C:drive.

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Next, change HKLMSoftwarePoliciesMicrosftWindowsSystemto use the defaulassociations.xml file exported in the previous step. The registry key changes the default fileassociation settings for new users to the settings in defaultassociations.xml. Run the command below to add the registrykey.

*Thisregistry setting could be added to the GPO at the beginning of the post. I left it out because I only want the settingto apply after the defaultassociations.xml file is created.

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That shoulddo it. Log in to the computer with a newuser and open a PDF file. If it doesn’twork, log out and log in again as the same user. I have noticed the settings take place afterthe first login.

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I hope thathelps. If you have any other tricks,please let me know in the comment section below.