The latest round of cumulative updates shipped to Windows 10 April 2018 Update PCs in October corrected a slew of bugs, but they also caused a curious one of their own. Microsoft has updated its release notes for the last two cumulative updates to roll out to the April update, noting a known issue that can prevent "some users" from setting Win32 program defaults for certain file types (via Windows Latest).
After installing this update, some users cannot set Win32 program defaults for certain app and file type combinations using the Open with… command or Settings > Apps > Default apps.
In some cases, Microsoft Notepad or other Win32 programs cannot be set as the default.
Microsoft says that it is working on a fix that it expects to ship later in November. In the meantime, the only workaround is to keep trying to set app defaults. Apparently, sheer persistence occasionally will allow setting a default to succeed.
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