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I am sick and freakin' tired of Edge grabbing the PDF association. I located a little program on the Web and wrote an AutoIT wrapper. Using FileInstall to include the program that actually does it. Then Task Manager runs it every half hour. 


It's in C:\Program FIles (x86)\GetPDF\

Almost every time it runs Windows can't find the attached file. ?

#cs ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Set Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Reader as default for PDF in Windows 10 or 11

#ce ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
#include <AutoItConstants.au3>
#include <MsgBoxConstants.au3>
#include <Array.au3>

If $Cmdline[0] = 0 Then
    MsgBox($MB_OK,"Error",'Specify "Acrobat" or "Reader" as an argument to choose the defalt PDF handler')
ElseIf StringLower($Cmdline[1]) <> "acrobat" And StringLower($Cmdline[1]) <> "reader" Then
    MsgBox($MB_OK,"Error",'The command line argument "' & $Cmdline[1] & '" is not "Acrobat" or "Reader"')
    If StringLower($Cmdline[1]) == "acrobat" Then
        $AdobeHandler = "Acrobat.Document.DC"       ; Adobe Acrobat
        $AdobeHandler = "AcroExch.Document.DCC"     ; Adobe Acrobat Reader

    ; Get the current PDF handler
    $PDFHandler = RegRead("HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.pdf\UserChoice","ProgId")

    ; SetUserFTA from http://kolbi.cz/blog/2017/10/25/setuserfta-userchoice-hash-defeated-set-file-type-associations-per-user/
    ; or http://web.archive.org/web/20220412005411/https://kolbi.cz/blog/2017/10/25/setuserfta-userchoice-hash-defeated-set-file-type-associations-per-user/

    ; If Adobe isnt the PDF handler...
    If $AdobeHandler <> $PDFHandler Then
        $Result = ShellExecuteWait(@ScriptDir & "\SetUserFTA.exe",".pdf " & $AdobeHandler,"",$SHEX_OPEN,@SW_HIDE)
        ; MsgBox(0,"Result",$Result)


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Moved to the appropriate forum.

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Public_Domain.png.2d871819fcb9957cf44f4514551a2935.png Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind

Open spoiler to see my UDFs:


ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area


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1 hour ago, JonF said:

Um, as I said, I used FileInstall. It doesn't work.

Um... but it isn't in the posted code....   so are we missing a part of the script?

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Is your exe signed and registered in the Microsoft Store? Nope? Then it probably will throw an exception and need a manual override to be saved. FileInstall was a good idea and I have used it for many things, but it wont be very useful for exe droppers much more, as AutoIT compiled exe files are recognised (misclassified but that is irrelevant for most users that are running your wrapper code) as badware. The skript kiddies with their silly malware have spoiled it for everybody.

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