1. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 29
    Win 10 Pro x64
       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. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,523
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       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. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 129
    windows 10
       11 Aug 2016 #3

    Open control Panel >> Default Programms.
    Click file explorer and set this Programs as Default
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  4. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 29
    Win 10 Pro x64
       16 Aug 2016 #4

    I've done this several times, and nothing changes.
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  5. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,523
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       16 Aug 2016 #5

    Can you confirm you tried this:
    from the articles I posted?
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  6. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 29
    Win 10 Pro x64
       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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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,367
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       16 Aug 2016 #7

    For others, you can download the Windows 10 Folder .reg file version in OPTION TWO below to fix this.

    Default File Type Associations - Restore in Windows 10
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