1.    15 Jun 2016 #1
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    Windows Explorer behaves oddly


    When I double click on a drive or directory, normally Explorer shows the contents. Now it displays a message this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control Panel.


    I can still see the contents by right clicking Open.

    The message makes no sense. There is no file type to associate.
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  2.    15 Jun 2016 #2
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    You have possibly been affected by a virus which has inserted hidden autorun.inf files in your drives and directories. Are you aware of any recent problems on your PC that might support this theory?
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  3.    15 Jun 2016 #3

    I would perform a full antivirus scan.
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  4.    16 Jun 2016 #4
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    I have run anti-virus and malware scans. Shows nothing. I suspect new tools, Malswarebytes and IOBit.
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  5.    16 Jun 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoedyGreen View Post
    Now it displays a message this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control Panel.
    It is worse than I thought. When I right click on the desktop or the explorer there is no create folder or create shortcut
    Last edited by RoedyGreen; 16 Jun 2016 at 04:07. Reason: typoso
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  6.    16 Jun 2016 #6

    I would consider doing a clean format install.
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  7.    16 Jun 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
    I would consider doing a clean format install.
    I am postponing that hoping for a rescue with some registry tweak. I can postpone indefinitely. I can select directories with right click open. I can create shortcuts by cloning and modifying an existing one. Reinstalling and reinstalling all software takes at least a couple of days.
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  8.    16 Jun 2016 #8
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    The only registry solution you could try is to download and merge the .reg files provided for Drive and Directory in the following tutorial (option 2):

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8...dows-10-a.html
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  9.    17 Jun 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by philc43 View Post
    The only registry solution you could try is to download and merge the .reg files provided for Drive and Directory in the following tutorial (option 2):

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8...dows-10-a.html
    Bingo. I installed
    Directory.reg
    Folder.reg
    lnk.reg
    and it WORKS! Many thanks
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  10.    17 Jun 2016 #10
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    Glad this worked! Please mark the thread as solved so others know.

    Make sure you have created a new system restore point and it would be worth having a system backup as well!

    Best wishes,
    Phil
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