2012 RDS Group Policy - Adobe Reader and Acrobat to Co-exist

I have a 2012 RDS session host that 20 users terminal in to.
We have always had Adobe Reader installed for users to open PDF files.
10 of the users required Adobe Acrobat Pro, so we obtained a license for 10 users to access Acrobat Pro.
We installed Acrobat Pro on the RDS session host, which also has Reader installed.
The problem is, when a user opens a PDF file, it is opening with Acrobat Pro.
I need to set the the default PDF program to Adobe Reader. I tried configuring a GPO per the article below:
However, the default is still Acrobat Pro.
What is the best way to accomplish this task at hand?
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Robin CMSenior Security and Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
Are you running a full desktop session into the RDS host?
For one of the users where the new group policy preference isn't taking effect run:
gpresult /h %userprofile%\gpr.html /f
and then look in the gpr.html file to see if the GPPref setting has been found, and/or if the GPO has been applied to that user.

It might be that the installer for Acrobat Pro is doing some clever stuff at each logon and re-claiming its file extensions. So you might have to try and run any "fix" after this happens, which could be later in the session initialisation than GPPrefs. Maybe a .cmd file in the Startup folder in the Start Menu of the non-Acrobat Pro users that runs some oldskool ftype and assoc commands:
ftype AcroExch.Document.DC="C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" "%1"
assoc .pdf=AcroExch.Document.DC
CCtechAuthor Commented:
Thank Robin, this ended up not being a fault with group policy applying. After research I found in 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 are set per user with a unique hash in the registry. Therfor applying gp preferences will never work. I followed this guide to finally get this working:


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