Set Google Chrome as Default browser via GPO, Server 2016 and workstations windows 10

Hi All,

We are having hard time getting Google Chrome as default browser on all of our workstations. We started with setting GPO and with Google Chrome ADML and AMDX files and it is not working. We also tried to deploy registry files for .URL, .HTTP, .HTTPS, .HTML and .HTM and it is not working as well.

Our Domain controllers are Server 2016 and workstations are Windows 10.
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McKnifeCommented:
Setting a browser as default means to set all the protocols (ftp/http/https) and all the file types to that browser. Your mentioned file types are not enough. Proceed as follows:
1 take a test system and set chrome as default
2 export the file associations using powershell
Dism /Online /Export-DefaultAppAssociations:c:\temp\AppAssoc.xml

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(needs a folder c:\temp to be present)
3 edit that .xml file so that only entries that point to chrome are present and save it to a network share (\\server\share)
4 have this file used by a GPO as mentioned here: https://4sysops.com/archives/default-file-associations-in-windows-10/#deploying-default-file-associations-using-group-policy
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skyjumperdudeAuthor Commented:
Hi McKnife

Thank you for your advice, I think the 5 file extensions I mentioned above are the ones it needs and I did exported file associations and those are the five files I noticed where in there.

Also in the link you shared,  the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer is missing from Server 2016. MS removed File Explorer from GPO so It is very hard to deploy file associations via GPO.

Any other help would be regardly appreciated.
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McKnifeCommented:
I know what's wrong. Please navigate to control panel - default programs - set your default programs ->scroll down to "set defaults by app".
There, select chrome and you'll see that only 5 of 21 standards are selected.
!Important The next step will only be possible on win10 versions prior to 1709, so for example 1703!
To select 21, scroll down and choose "choose this program as default". Now it will have 21 defaults.
Afterwards, your .xml file will have 21 lines where chrome appears and then, it will work using the outlined way.

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer is not missing from Server 2016. I see it here.
I use RSAT on windows 10 v1709 to connect to my server 2016 DC.
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skyjumperdudeAuthor Commented:
Thanks McKnife

I just upgraded my windows 10 to 1709 and when I connect to my server 2016 dc via RSAT I still do not see File Explorer.

My server 2016 version is Windows Server version 1607 (OS Build 14393.1944).  Can you please confirm your DC version for me?
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McKnifeCommented:
That has nothing to do with the DC version. It is probably rather the edition of the client where RSAT is running on - mine is enterprise.
The DC's version is one ahead of yours, ending .2007.
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Edit: no, can't be, I see it in the pro edition as well. Hmm, what could that be?
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skyjumperdudeAuthor Commented:
I was able to resolve it. I had to copy all amdx and adml files to our domain sysvol policy definition folder.

Mcknife, Thank you for all of your help.
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McKnifeCommented:
Very welcome.
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