Windows 10: File Explorer error message Solved

  1.    11 Aug 2016 #1

    File Explorer error message

    I just tried to open explorer.exe and got: "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action..."

    The program works fine if I click on a folder--it just won't open on its own.

    I had this problem (without the error message) in Win 7, but it went away when I first installed Win 10--now it's back.
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  2.    11 Aug 2016 #2

    Hi, if you don't have a suitable system restore point you can use then a web search offers many results:

    Hope that helps. Question is, what is happening on your PC to cause it?
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  3.    11 Aug 2016 #3

    Open control Panel >> Default Programms.
    Click file explorer and set this Programs as Default
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  4.    16 Aug 2016 #4

    I've done this several times, and nothing changes.
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  5.    16 Aug 2016 #5

    Can you confirm you tried this:
    from the articles I posted?
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  6.    16 Aug 2016 #6

    Had not done it before because it did not seem to be for Win 10, but I did it now and it worked. Thanks!
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
       16 Aug 2016 #7

    For others, you can download the Windows 10 Folder .reg file version in OPTION TWO below to fix this. :)
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  8. Posts : 6
    Windows 10, Windows 7
       25 Jan 2018 #8

    This was what worked for me:

    "change the default view of File Explorer from Quick Access to This PC. Go to Control Panel, File Explorer Options and change the "Open File Explorer to" option to "This PC". Then you'll be able to open File Explorer."
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