Windows Explorer behaves oddly


  1. Posts : 14
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       #1

    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. philc43's Avatar
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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. swarfega's Avatar
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    I would perform a full antivirus scan.
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  4. Posts : 14
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    Thread Starter
       #4

    I have run anti-virus and malware scans. Shows nothing. I suspect new tools, Malswarebytes and IOBit.
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  5. Posts : 14
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       #5

    RoedyGreen said:
    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. swarfega's Avatar
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    I would consider doing a clean format install.
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  7. Posts : 14
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    swarfega said:
    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. philc43's Avatar
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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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    philc43 said:
    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. philc43's Avatar
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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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