Our IT dept. has been notified many times re. this issue, esp. when it become a huge problem for our teleworkers. I have informed the management (and so did my users).The ironic thing is that same IT dept. has asked me for an input re. how to remedy this persistant problem. That is why I am about to create a bach program with all important file associations (assoc. and ftype commands). Our office (Copyright) has different needs than the rest of the institution (Library of Congress) where we are all located. Their attitude is that since it is only a problem for us (and we are unfortunately on the same prod. network -instead of a separate subnet), they are not inclined to change anything, or they do not have the manpower to taylor those updates just for Copyright clients.
However, I do very much appreciate your interest and input.