1. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 29
    Win 10 Pro x64
       30 Jul 2016 #1

    Explorer.exe works--but not from shortcut icon or Start menu

    This problem began under Win 7, and carried through to my Win 10 update.

    I have shortcuts that let me open specific folders with Explorer, and they work fine. But clicking the taskbar Explorer icon or its icon in the start menu gets me an error message "this file does not have a program associated ..." (see attached).

    Following a tip elsewhere, I was told to look in HKEY_CLASSES_Root\folder\shell, and got "value not set" on one line (see attached). Is that the cause of my problem? If so, how do I fix it?

    I assume there might be a fix using File Associations, but I have no idea what to associate Explorer with.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Explorer Error.png   HKEY Explorer.png  
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  2. Joined : Jun 2016
    Los Angeles
    Posts : 532
    Windows 10 Pro
       30 Jul 2016 #2

    My Registry entry looks just like yours.
    Try the Fie Association Fix For Windows 10: http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/fi...es-windows-10/
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  3. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,317
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       30 Jul 2016 #3

    Or use the one here at tenforums: Default File Type Associations - Restore in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Try the .lnk and .exe associations fixes.
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