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How to reset to the default apps in Windows 10

by AshwinFebruary 22, 2016

If you have been following the Windows 10 news, then you will be aware of the mayhem caused by the recent Windows Update.

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The KB3135173 cumulative update is the one I’m talking about.

This update, caused all of the default apps in Windows 10, to be rest to the Microsoft Recommended ones, i.e., the apps that the operating system ships with. Some users took to social networks to criticize the company for the fiasco caused. Of course it is yet another example of the gigantic and ridiculous problem. which is otherwise called Forced Windows Updates.

We have already prepared a user friendly guide to teach you how to How to change the default apps in Windows 10. You can use that to change the default handler to your favorite program of choice.

And now we will be guiding you in the opposite direction, how to reset the apps back to the defaults in Windows 10. Why? Windows 10 does have some excellent apps, especially the ones which you will use the most. These are Mail (and Calendar), Photos, and Microsoft Edge.

The Mail app is brilliant, and is an efficient way to send and recieve emails, without having to open your browser, logging in, etc. It supports almost every email service too.

The Photos app supports animated GIFs, which alone is a great reason to use it, and it supports all the photo formats, which were supported in prior versions of Windows (in the Photo Viewer). Photos is a very good replacement for the old app, albeit it is slightly slow.

Microsoft Edge, is not just a browser, it is also a PDF Reader too. And it has an incredibly speedy startup time, which adds to the reasons why it is a good program.

How to reset to the default apps in Windows 10:

1. Click on the Start Button and open the Settings App.

2. Now, open the System tab, and look at the left sidebar. Choose the last but one option, “Default Apps’.

3. The right pane of the app, houses the settings for the default apps.

4. Now you have two options, either you can reset the apps one by one manually or choose to reset them all at once.

5. For the latter, scroll down to the end of the list, and just above the three text links, is a large button, called Reset (Reset to the Microsoft Recommended Defaults).

The bad thing here, is there is no confirmation dialog once you click the button, which means that if you select it accidentally it will reset the default apps in Windows 10, with no option to undo the changes.

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