GPO not applying together

Hi all!

GPO newbie here and wondering if the experts can help on an issue i have.

I have setup two GPOs under an OU named "Test_Workstations"

My aim is to set the default programs of the machines in Test Workstations (win10) to Google Chrome and Adobe Reader (possibly more).

I have used the..

Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\File Explorer and set the "Set a default associations configuration file" setting to apply this.

I have retrieved the xml file from google and adobe themselves, placed them in a central store and applied to the above policy. I've created two GPO's one for Adobe and Chrome linked to the required OU.

My problem...

Depending on the link priority, only one of them works at a time, not both! if i set the other to be 1st priority, that one will work and the other (2nd) will be ignored.

Is there are conflict here? I believe the scope is set correctly and by running gpresult /r /scope computer i can see that both policies have been applied!

Can two of the same GPOs i have set coincide together?

Really stuck here and your help would be greatly appreciated!
N00b2015Asked:
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McKnifeCommented:
Internet shortcuts are of filetype .url - take a system where it is configured like you want it, and extract the lines for .url, too, in oder to merge them as well.
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McKnifeCommented:
Merge both files into one.
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N00b2015Author Commented:
Didn't realise i could merge both in one. I have tried that to the below..

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<DefaultAssociations>
      <Association Identifier=".pdf" ProgID="AcroExch.Document.DC" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".pdfxml" ProgID="AcroExch.pdfxml" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".acrobatsecuritysettings" ProgID="AcroExch.acrobatsecuritysettings" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".fdf" ProgID="AcroExch.FDFDoc" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".xfdf" ProgID="AcroExch.XFDFDoc" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".xdp" ProgID="AcroExch.XDPDoc" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".pdx" ProgID="PDXFileType" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".api" ProgID="AcroExch.Plugin" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".secstore" ProgID="AcroExch.SecStore" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
</DefaultAssociations>

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<DefaultAssociations>
  <Association Identifier=".htm" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
  <Association Identifier=".html" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
  <Association Identifier="http" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
  <Association Identifier="https" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
</DefaultAssociations>

It picks up the first bit which is the Adobe default but again skips the Chrome default (Second part). Do i have to add/remove anything in the config above ?
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N00b2015Author Commented:
Well, think i've done it..

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<DefaultAssociations>
      <Association Identifier=".pdf" ProgID="AcroExch.Document.DC" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".pdfxml" ProgID="AcroExch.pdfxml" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".acrobatsecuritysettings" ProgID="AcroExch.acrobatsecuritysettings" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".fdf" ProgID="AcroExch.FDFDoc" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".xfdf" ProgID="AcroExch.XFDFDoc" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".xdp" ProgID="AcroExch.XDPDoc" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".pdx" ProgID="PDXFileType" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".api" ProgID="AcroExch.Plugin" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
      <Association Identifier=".secstore" ProgID="AcroExch.SecStore" ApplicationName="Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" />
        <Association Identifier=".htm" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
        <Association Identifier=".html" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
        <Association Identifier="http" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
        <Association Identifier="https" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />
        </DefaultAssociations>

Just had to do a bit of tweaking..

The only issue is that the internet shortcuts still display the edge icon as opposed to Google Chrome. I think i can play around with that unless someone has an idea for this? Just me trying to be perfect!
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N00b2015Author Commented:
I just added the..

[b]<Association Identifier=".url" ProgId="ChromeHTML" ApplicationName="Google Chrome" />[/b]

..line and all is working well!

Thanks v much McKnife! This was a good learning curve. I presume going forward i can just add XML files this way (if needed)
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McKnifeCommented:
Yes, you can add single lines per filetype.
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