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      • #2175410 Reply
        Susan Bradley
        AskWoody MVP

        So I’ve started a new knowledge base section that I’m calling the Ask Woody version of the Windows Health Release dashboard.  The Windows Health Relea
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        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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      • #2175437 Reply
        pauld784
        AskWoody Plus

        Hi Susan
        I’m hoping that this is the sort of thing you are referring to with the Windows Health Release Dashboard

        I upgraded from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 10 Pro version 1909 at the end of Dec 2019 and I’m sorry that I did.

        I continually encounter the problem where PDF documents are hijacked by Microsoft Edge even when I open my PDF reader (Foxit Reader) and set that as the default PDF document reader.  I first up tried Adobe Reader and encountered the same problem so I then tried Foxit Reader.

        Even if I have the PDF reader open with a pdf document, the default PDF file association can and has been changed to be Opened With MS Edge.

        I don’t know where to change it PERMANENTLY but it seems to check and change the association every couple of hours.

        I’m guessing that Microsoft probably knows about this problem but I put it in the basket of they don’t care.

        Cheers
        Pauld784

        • #2175458 Reply
          alphacharlie
          AskWoody Plus

          Hello Paul.  FWIW, I converted a laptop from Win 7 Pro to Win 10 Pro v 1909 in January 2020.  On the old Win 7 machine,  all Adobe products were deleted years ago, and Foxit reader became my default app for PDFs.   Firefox was my default browser.  Since that install, I don’t think I have ever even clicked on Edge.  Everything works as it did previously:  if I browse to a PDF in Firefox, I get a popup asking if I want to save to disk or open with Foxit.

          So, I think it can be done.

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        • #2175487 Reply
          Paul T
          AskWoody MVP

          Pauld, That should be a configuration item, not a problem with Windows,
          Please open a discussion under Windows 10 if you’ve not already done so.

          cheers, Paul

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      • #2175561 Reply
        Mele20
        AskWoody Lounger

        Why would either of you being using an independent PDF reader when Fx and ALL browsers have for years now been able to open PDF in the browser itself? My stand alone PDF reader is Evince which is a Linux reader ported to Windows years ago. But I have hardly used it in years. I use PDF in whatever browser I am using. I don’t have 1909 though. I am on Windows 10 1809 and I have never had any attempts by Edge to open PDF in it when my default browser is Basilisk. Standalone PDF readers for Windows are bad…most of them at least. I would not use one except the Linux reader I used on Windows before browsers had the ability to open PDFs. Even though Evince is listed as the default PDF reader, it never tries to open when I can more preferably read the PDF in whatever browser I am using.

        Settings/apps/default apps/choose default apps by file type

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      • #2175643 Reply
        PaulForeman
        AskWoody Plus

        I, for one, have become a lot more “complacent” about computers as I have retired and now only need to maintain my little/simple home set-up.  However, I count on Woody and the whole crew here to keep me informed and this Dashboard idea is great for me.

        An example is when the MS-DEFCON number hit “3” I ran all the updates to my home machine using 1909 and it went smoothly and without issue.  After the update, everything got locked down again.  It is a very simple response for me and seems to work well so far.  If I need to find out about some glitch – the Dashboard is a great ready reference.  Thanks!

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      • #2175675 Reply
        b
        AskWoody Plus

        Perhaps it could include the “widespread attacks” that MS-DEFCON 3 says are occurring?

        • #2175764 Reply
          Susan Bradley
          AskWoody MVP

          Good idea.  Right now the two to really worry about are SQL and Exchange.

          Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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        • #2175800 Reply
          woody
          Da Boss

          I need to change the stock verbiage. I’ll do it when we re-design the site.

          (It’s only been that way for 14 years.)

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      • #2175744 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest
        1. Proximity based correlation does NOT always identify root cause
        2. When it is later found that a 3rd party and NOT
          Microsoft caused an issue, will you implicate the 3rd party and de-implicate MSFT with the same veracity as in the original accusation?
        • #2175763 Reply
          Susan Bradley
          AskWoody MVP

          Not sure I understand your first comment?

          But as to…. “When it is later found that a 3rd party and NOT Microsoft caused an issue, will you implicate the 3rd party and de-implicate MSFT with the same veracity as in the original accusation?”

          How can I put this in delicate fashion to not offend any vendor:  H – e – double toothpick  yes I’m going to state the vendor.  It truly is not always Microsoft – case in point the Adobe shut down issue I call out above (see the Windows 7 issue).

          I don’t care what vendor causes what.  I just want to get to the root cause, find a workaround or fix it, and then get it to where we trust updates.  Period.

          Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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          • #2175787 Reply
            woody
            Da Boss

            Not sure I’d use the term “veracity, ” but we’ve always wanted to get to the bottom of what’s happening.

            Let the chips fall where they may. Our only loyalty is to our readers.

            One more reason why we don’t take advertising…

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      • #2175765 Reply
        Susan Bradley
        AskWoody MVP

        On Windows 10, first make sure you don’t use any really old PDF programs.  Adobe Acrobat X is not a fan of Windows 10.  Then I click on the search box, type in default apps so I get to the default apps setting section, find .PDF and set it to the program I want.  Normally that does the trick.  Also when I’m installing the newer versions of an app they know to walk me through this process.

        As to why you need a standalone PDF – because sometimes it just works better/or you have a need for editing/there’s all sorts of reasons why someone still needs a standalone PDF program.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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