How to Stop Edge From Hijacking Your PDF or HTML Associations

Windows 10’s file association protection mechanism prevents direct changes to the UserChoice area of the registry for each file type. When no file association (user choice) is set in the registry or if an application makes the hash void by incorrectly writing to UserChoice registry key to set associations, this triggers a reset of file association for that file type, going back to Windows 10 defaults.

For instance, Edge may takeover your PDF file associations after an update, or due to the above-mentioned reasons, and the Action Center notifies you that an app default was reset.Read more

Fix Open with “Choose another app” Error Program Not Associated

When you right-click a file, and select Open with… in a Windows 10/11 computer, the following error may appear:

This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel.

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[Fix] Music, Pictures, Videos or Downloads Folders Merged Accidentally and Point to the Same Location

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This post talks about a problem where two special folders such as Music, Pictures, Videos, or Documents get merged or combined and point to the same folder. Because the special or shell folders are merged, they show up with the same name but different icons.

Additionally, restoring the default location via the Location tab for one of the folders would show a similar warning as below:

Do you want to redirect folder "Music" into another system folder "Videos" located at "c:\users\{username}\videos"?

If you proceed with redirection you will not be able to separate them or restore default location. Do you still want to proceed with redirection?

Or, the following error may occur:

Can’t move the folder because there is a folder in the same location that can’t be redirected

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Since the special folders have merged, using the Restore Default or Move option does not help.

This post tells you how to fix the user shell folder paths in the registry, if you’ve accidentally merged them.Read more

Clicking a Hyperlink in Outlook Prompts to Select a Browser, With IE set as default

When you click a hyperlink in Outlook 2007 or 2010 with Internet Explorer set as the default, the Open With window (“How do you want to open this?” dialog) appears with the list of browser choices. This is an issue in Windows 10 with Outlook 2007 or 2010 installed, and Internet Explorer set as the default browser.Read more

Error “The folder can’t be moved here” Moving Documents/Pictures, Caused by OneDrive

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If you’ve OneDrive options set to save documents and pictures in OneDrive, instead of This PC, the shell folders Documents, Pictures, and its three sub-folders Saved Pictures, Camera Roll, and Screenshots, are redirected to the OneDrive folder.

With this setting on, the user can’t use the Location tab in the special folder properties to move them or restore the default location. In doing so, Access is deniedThe folder can’t be moved here error would appear.

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Windows 10/11 User Shell Folders Restore Default Paths

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This post provides you with the list of User Shell Folders in Windows 10/11 and their default paths. If you’ve moved a shell folder earlier, you can restore it to the default location via the folder properties Location tab in most cases.

However, there are situations where the Location tab option can’t be used — i.e. when two special folders such as Music and Videos become merged and point to the same location. In that case, clicking Restore Default in the folder properties Location tab causes an error.

In such cases, resetting the respective shell folder path(s) in the registry is the only possible solution. This article provides the .reg files needed to revert to the default shell folder paths quickly and also includes the list of shell folders and their default path for your reference. This article applies to Windows 10 and Windows 11.

NOTE: Before proceeding, please stop OneDrive sync/backup option for the corresponding shell folder — e.g., Documents, Desktop, Pictures Folders.

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