Windows 10: No drag and drop in Windows Explorer (and other oddities) Solved

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  1.    29 Dec 2015 #31

    Hi All... I am savvy to computers, so when my computer just stopped allowing the drag and drop of files, I turned to this forum. Most of the answers I see are... "my computer doesnt do that", or just cut and paste. While rebooting my computer will solve this "probably" I was hoping that someone might know why this feature would happen. Although there are 1,000s of reasons. Does anyone know if there is something that can be viewed or program to determine if its still running or been altered. Yes a quick kick in the butt always seems to fix it.
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  2.    08 Jan 2016 #32

    Thanks from me, too.

    AdrianMrn said: View Post
    Thank you so much
    Just wanted to thank you for that tip. Was going crazy looking for a solve and yours worked like a charm for me to. Had to try it twice though. So happy to see it actually dragging again.
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  3.    26 Jul 2016 #33

    My windows explorer , i thought it was ( internet explorer they are different) kept crashing when trying to drag files to my external hard drive. I tried to do system restore, I tried SFC (system file checker in command prompt), I bought a registry editor. I ran combofix, I used avg. No dice.

    Finally I fell on major geeks who suggested shell ex view . See their video on you tube. Disable the non Microsoft programs Halle ffing
    luia . Fixed . Runs good.
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  4.    06 Oct 2016 #34

    Drag-drop in Explorer broke after I removed the Quick Access feature.
    Found a fix today.... I think.

    All under Registry HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT:

    When I searched CLSID for "drag" I found this key: {4657278A-411B-11d2-839A-00C04FD918D0}
    called "Shell Drag and Drop helper"
    -- well that seems promising, no?

    So created the following keys:

    No values, just create the keys.

    Unfortunately, I also had to restore Quick Access.
    Go to
    and reset Attributes to the default a0100000 (instead of a0600000, which was part of what got me into this mess.

    Finally I went into Explorer settings and checked the option box to add recently used files to Quick access.
    Don't worry, it doesn't stick. Or you can uncheck the box later.

    Then restart Explorer, and drag-drop to and from left Explorer pane is back for me!

    I was going to add caveat that this kind of experimenting will get you in trouble sooner than later,
    but then MS kind of does that for us, though with more cunning and knowledge. now just wait for the next forced update to reshuffle everything in random ways...
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  5.    14 Nov 2016 #35

    Edwin said: View Post
    @ loungebob :
    I read this somewhere, give it a try:
    Press Esc in the midst of dragging, it's been rumored to reset the DnD feature.
    Also try some others Shift/Drag,
    Ctrl/Shift/Drag or,
    right click Ctrl/Shift/Drag.
    Just wanted to say:
    thank you so much!
    it is a really a wonderful tip (Esc in the midst of dragging).

    a real time-saver
    - checking what might be the source of the issue (99,99% sure you won't find the issue, or only after spending a -lot- of time on it
    - and in the end, close down everything and reboot anyway.

    thanks again!!

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