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Is there any way to completely remove associations set for Modern UI apps in Windows 8 (like opening webpages, files, etc.)?

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what specifically 'prefers' metro applications? – Journeyman Geek Oct 28 '12 at 9:08
@JourneymanGeek: as I've said, associations are set for metro apps. Webpages, music, video, etc. – houbysoft Oct 28 '12 at 9:23
See also: How do I turn off Modern UI in Windows 8? – slhck Oct 28 '12 at 11:29
@slhck IMO this is not what is asked here. Asker wants to remove associations between e.g. .mp3 and Media Player, not remove the entire Modern UI app suite? – Henning Klevjer Oct 28 '12 at 11:36
@HenningKlevjer This is why I said, "see also". The title and the initial body of the question were very different and it would have been a duplicate then. – slhck Oct 28 '12 at 11:37

You can do this with the Set Default Programs option in the control panel.

To access this, press Win + W and enter Set Default Programs, now you can go through the programs and apps installed and use the Choose defaults for this program to enable and disable different default programs.

For example, you can set the mailto protocol to use Windows Live Mail (or another email client) by selecting it for the application you want.

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The easiest way is to get Windows 7 instead.

Otherwise, you can try this

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This answer makes no sense, the user is using Windows 8, using Windows 7 isn't a realistic solution. – Ramhound Oct 28 '12 at 12:35

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