Set Program Access and Computer Defaults (SPAD) (Windows)This topic discusses the Set Program Access and Computer Defaults (SPAD) feature found in Control Panel. SPAD is located under the Default Programs Control Panel item in Windows.
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В Vista and later versions of Windows. In Windows. В XP, it is located in the Add or Remove Programs item and titled Set Program Access and Defaults. Important. В В This topic does not apply for Windows. В 1. 0. The way that default file associations work changed in Windows. В 1. 0. For more information, see the section on Changes to how Windows 1. В Using the Set Program Access and Computer Defaults Tool.
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Note. В В As of Windows. В 8, SPAD configures defaults on a per- user basis for the current user.
Prior to Windows. В 8, SPAD set per- computer defaults. When a per- user default has not yet been configured by the user, the system will prompt them to set a per- user default rather than falling back on a per- machine default. It's possible that the per- machine defaults were never seen by users in Windows. В Vista and Windows.
В 7 if they had previously set per- user defaults, because per- user defaults override per- computer defaults in those operating systems. В In Windows. В XP, Set Program Access and Defaults is a tool found as an option in Control Panel's Add or Remove Programs item. In Windows. В Vista and later, it is located under the Default Programs Control Panel item. For registered programs, it performs the following functions. Enables the choice of default programs for each client type (up to Windows. В 7 only). Enables control of the display of the program's icons, shortcuts, and menu entries.
Provides a set of preset default program choices. Windows. В XP Service Pack. В 1 (SP1) only). This tool is used for the following five client types. Browser. Email. Instant messenging program.
Media player. Virtual machine for Java. An Overview of Set Program Access and Computer Defaults. The Windows. В 8 Set Program Access and Computer Defaults page is shown in the following screen shot. Three possible configuration options are presented to the user, with the option for OEMs to present a fourth option titled "Computer Manufacturer". Microsoft Windows. The Microsoft Windows configuration consists of a set of default programs provided with Windows, as shown in the following screen shot.
Selecting the Microsoft Windows configuration also enables the display of the icons, shortcuts, or menu entries for each program registered for any of the five client types. Those icons, shortcuts, and menu entries are available to the user in the Start menu or Start screen, on the desktop, and in all other locations to which they were added. Non- Microsoft. The Non- Microsoft configuration, shown in the following screen shot, is used for registered applications on the user's system that are not produced by Microsoft. These applications can be preinstalled on the user's system, or they can be non- Microsoft applications that the user has installed. В Selecting the Non- Microsoft option also removes access to the icons, shortcuts, and menu entries of the Microsoft programs listed in the Microsoft Windows configuration for all client types that have them. These Microsoft icons, shortcuts, and menu entries are removed from the Start menu, the desktop, and other locations to which they were added.
Custom. The Custom configuration, shown in the following screen shot, enables users to customize their systems with any combination of Microsoft and non- Microsoft programs registered as default possibilities for the five client types. This is the only one of the four options available in Windows. В 2. 00. 0 Service Pack. В 3 (SP3). All options presented in the Microsoft Windows and Non- Microsoft configurations are available to the user in the Custom section, as well as any additionally installed Microsoft applications that are not part of Windows. The Use my current web browser radio button is preselected, as shown in the preceding screen shot. There is no way to determine the current default browser from the UI.
Invoking web links or files in Windows is the only way to discover the current default browser. When a user selects the Enable access to this program check box for a program, that program's icons, shortcuts, and menu entries are displayed in the Start menu or Start screen, on the desktop, or in any other location where they were installed.
Clearing this option should remove those icons, shortcuts, and menu entries, however, how these options behave is entirely up to the application vendor. Windows does not control how access is enabled or removed throughout the UI. It is also important to understand that applications are not required to register for Set Program Access and Computer Defaults. Computer Manufacturer. A fourth category titled "Computer Manufacturer" can appear in the SPAD window on some systems.
Computer manufacturers can choose to preconfigure their computers with a custom set of defaults, choosing from the same selections available in the Custom configuration. For illustrative purposes, a fictional set of applications called Lit. Ware is registered for use with all client types.) A user can return to the computer manufacturer's default configuration at any time by choosing the Computer Manufacturer option, as shown in the following Windows. В XP screen shot. Note. В В This configuration does not appear on all systems. For details, refer to the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK).
В The Last. User. Initiated. Default. Change Registry Value. The Last. User. Initiated. Default. Change value has been added to the registry to assist applications in recognizing and respecting the user's default choices.
The value holds REG_BINARY data in the form of a FILETIME structure that contains the date and time (in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)) of the last time the user changed a default choice through the Set Program Access and Computer Defaults tool. This value is found under the following subkey. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
В В В В В В Clients. В В В В В В В В В Client. Type. Name. В В В В В В В В В В В В Last. User. Initiated. Default. Change = FILETIMEThe following scenario uses this value for an application that monitors file associations.
An application internally records the time when it was last set as the default program for its client type (either at installation or at a later time). The application detects that the default program for its client type has been changed to a program other than itself or the application it represents (in the case of background helper programs). Not supported in Windows. В 8. The application reads the value of Last. User. Initiated. Default. Change (the time stamp of the last user- initiated default change) and compares it to the time stamp value it has stored for its own choice as default.
If Last. User. Initiated. Default. Change is later than the application's stored value, then no action should be taken by that application because the change was explicitly requested by the user through the Set Program Access and Defaults tool. The application no longer monitors that file association until it is again chosen as the default. Not supported in Windows. В 8. By adhering to such a scheme, the user's wishes are respected and their ultimate ownership of their systems is maintained. Filtering the Add or Remove Programs List.
Note. В В This section applies to Windows. В XP Service Pack. В 2 (SP2) and later and Windows Server. В 2. 00. 3 and later. В In Windows. В XP and Windows Server.
В 2. 00. 3, the list of applications displayed in the Change or Remove Programs tab under Add or Remove Programs can be filtered by the user to exclude entries for application updates. In these versions of Windows, this is accomplished through a Show updates check box at the top of the window. The Show updates option is not selected by default, so updates are not shown unless the user chooses to show them. Changes to the check box state persist when Add or Remove Programs is closed; if a user chooses to show the updates, they continue to be shown until the user clears the check box. Note. В В The Windows.
В XPВ SP2 update itself is an exception to the filtering. It is always displayed regardless of the check box state. В In Windows. В Vista and later, application updates are displayed on a separate page in Control Panel dedicated to updates alone.
This page is shown when the user clicks the View installed updates task link. There is no user- selectable option to show updates on the same page as installed programs. Despite the change in UI, the mechanism for registering as an update to an installed program remains the same as in earlier versions of Windows. Microsoft and non- Microsoft applications that use the Windows Installer do not need to do anything further for their updates to be recognized as updates. Non- Microsoft applications that do not use Windows Installer must declare certain values in the registry as part of their installation to be recognized as an update to an existing program. The following example illustrates which registry values to declare for an installation to be recognized as an update to an existing program. The parent application must add its uninstall information in a subkey under the.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current. Version\Uninstall. See the Installation topic for more information on using the Uninstall subkey. Each update to that parent application also must add its information as a subkey of the Uninstall subkey. It should use a particular naming convention of its choice, attempting to avoid potential conflicts with other programs. The following conventions are reserved as subkey names by Microsoft for use with Windows updates.
IEUpdate. OEUpdate"KB" followed by six digits, for example "KB1. Q" followed by six digits, for example "Q1. Six digits, for example "1. In addition to the standard uninstall information added for the parent application, the subkeys for each update additionally must include two of the following three entries.