Windows 10: Cannot run apps by double clicking from explorer


  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Home
       16 Jul 2017 #1

    Cannot run apps by double clicking from explorer


    I'm not sure when this started, just recently I believe - probably within the last two to three weeks.

    If I download something, go to that folder and double-click the app to run the install, nothing happens. If I leave the mouse icon there all you see is the arrow and the circle that spins as if something is loading. It will do that indefinitely. I can also not close that folder window - I have to reboot to make it stop trying to load (I assume it's trying to load?).

    I also noticed that I couldn't double-click on pictures and have them open in the Windows Photo Viewer. I have to right click on them now, and choose "Open with" and then choose Windows Photo Viewer.

    I thought maybe it was a file association thing after reading a thread that lead me to this:
    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/file-a...windows-10-8-7

    But... after downloading that to give it a try, I cannot load the app/executable by double-clicking on it as it does what I explained above (acts as if it's loading but then never does).

    Run as administrator makes no difference - it gives the same result.
    Moving the file to the desktop versus from a folder makes no difference - it gives the same result.

    To the best of my knowledge my system is clean from virus and or spyware.

    Any help is appreciated - thank you for your time.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       21 Jul 2017 #2

    Anyone...?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    21 Jul 2017 #3

    flobgob said: View Post
    Anyone...?
    Right click on the item►Properties►'Unblock'►Apply►OK

    Unblock File in Windows 10 Windows 10 Security System Tutorials
    Last edited by Brink; 21 Jul 2017 at 22:33. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       21 Jul 2017 #4

    Edwin said: View Post
    Right click on the item►Properties►'Unblock'►Apply►OK

    Unblock File in Windows 10 Windows 10 Security System Tutorials
    Holy cow - that worked!

    Thank you. I greatly appreciate your help with this.

    I don't suppose you can tell me why this is suddenly an issue and how I can fix it so I don't have to do this on every file?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    21 Jul 2017 #5

    "If I download something, go to that folder and double-click the app to run the install, nothing happens."

    By default, any exe that you download from the internet should be blocked until you grant permission to run. Check your UAC settings which may have changed accidentally.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    22 Jul 2017 #6

    flobgob said: View Post
    ......I don't suppose you can tell me why this is suddenly an issue and how I can fix it so I don't have to do this on every file?
    Disable Downloaded Files from being Blocked in Windows Windows 10 Security System Tutorials
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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