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October Update Messes Up Windows 10 App Defaults

Of all the bugs that are wreaking havoc on Windows 10, this one may be the most annoying. The resetting of app defaults issue is back, and in full flow with the October 2018 Update.

Admittedly, users of the modern version of the OS are no stranger to this.

Windows 10 has a habit of resetting the default applications that open certain files or links with pretty much every new major update that makes its way out the Redmond walls — so much so that many people are prepared for a reset of their settings while they deploy an update.

However, as Microsoft notes on its Windows support site, there is a bug running amok.

One that has some users unable to set Win32 program defaults for certain files using the Open with… command or via Settings > Apps > Default apps panel.

According to the software titan, this bug may affect many of the traditional desktop programs, including the good old Notepad. Looks like a fairly widespread issue, this, as usually only the widely report bugs get acknowledged in this fashion.

In any case, Redmond reveals that a fix may be coming in late November 2018, suggesting that a new patch or cumulative update for the October 2018 Update will launch this week.

Bring it on!

In the meantime, do let us know if you noticed this bug on Windows 10? And has it affected how you use your system and your installed applications?

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Rug Ratz November 27, 2018 at 1:22 pm

Is this the same bug that affects my local copy of Outlook 2010? When I downloaded it via Windows Update twice, suddenly I open up my Outlook and it immediately opens, then closes, no errors on screen but service log showed application failure. My admin tried to run the Outlook Repair on if the first time, but no avail. Finally I restored my Win 10 Pro os back to a restore point 2 days earlier and I got my Outlook back. Updated a day later, same thing, restored back again, got Outlook back. Finally disabled Windows Auto Update for now until the build for Outlook is fixed.

Onuora Amobi November 27, 2018 at 1:39 pm

Not sure if it’s the same one but I think it just might be. This update was pretty FUBAR.

Rug Ratz December 4, 2018 at 2:33 pm

Turns out it was a fubar … error “just happened” to only 64 bit Outlook 2010 users on Windows 10 … one website said “good thing most people don’t use that corrupted version” – bad news for me because my company does. Then Microsoft came out with a specific fix for it about 1.5 weeks later … I restored my auto-update settings and downloaded all patches including the fix and this time my Outlook was working afterwards. Yep, quite a mess. Sorry for putting in this topic for cloud versions here as it was all local installed versions, but I was at a loss what to do. I get both the Windows Cloud and Windows 10 Update emails and this was the one article that mentioned all the problems. I like to keep up with most Windows updates as my company might be interested later in the Windows Cloud issues since we are getting more into Windows hosted Citrix servers for the client/server software we produce to Customers across the US.

Onuora Amobi December 4, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like a royal mess!

1+3+3=7 December 25, 2018 at 10:57 am

Ammalgam more

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