Windows 10: what do you want to open this with? on %APPDATA% on run? Solved

  1.    02 Apr 2018 #1

    what do you want to open this with? on %APPDATA% on run?

    As the title says I recently installed Acronis true image, upon reboot i got the black screen of death, no bios ..nothing... i had to strip the GPU out - blow the dust off and it started up but this time 2 problems so farall my torrents say ERROR CANT OPEN TORRENT FILE even though they are all there in the same directory still and the drive letters are the same as before

    and when i open run and type %APPDATA% I get the WHAT DO YOU WANT TO OPEN WITH THIS? and explorer isnt in the list
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    can anyone help? thanks
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  2. bro67's Avatar
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       03 Apr 2018 #2

    What is the file? Probably a bad torrent.
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  3.    03 Apr 2018 #3

    was corrupted, having to re-add 150 torrents, also %APPDATA% doesnt work on windows 10 if you have 'enable hidden files' on???
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  4. bro67's Avatar
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       05 Apr 2018 #4

    Again, what program do you want to run? That string you are asking about, needs a program name to have it run. You will always get that menu if you do not tell Windows what program that you want to run.
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  5. slicendice's Avatar
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       06 Apr 2018 #5

    You have something really screwed up within Windows, that you can't run %APPDATA% from the Run-dialog reveals this issue.

    What is causing this and how to fix it, is beyond my expertise. Easiest would be to start from a clean slate.

    What you could try though is, create a new user account and test if things like %APPDATA% works from that account. Then that proves that your main user account registry is corrupted.
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  6. Bree's Avatar
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       06 Apr 2018 #6

    snadge said: View Post
    ... %APPDATA% doesnt work on windows 10...
    APPDATA is an environment variable containing the path to a folder. Running %APPDATA% opens File Explorer at that folder. For a default install that would be C:\Users\<yourname>\AppData\Roaming

    Sounds like something, malware perhaps, may have changed the content of your APPDATA. To see what yours is actually set to, open a command prompt and type:


    This is what you should see, what does yours say?

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    Another possibility is that malware has changed the default action for opening File Explorer. Either way, I'd recommend a scan with AdwCleaner as a matter of urgency.

    Picking up malware is an occupational hazard of frequenting Torrent sites, so I hear...
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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       06 Apr 2018 #7

    @snadge seems to have marked this thread 'Solved' now. What was it in the end?
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