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Windows 10 file explorer opening multiple windows..really MS? File explorer?!

Q: Windows 10 file explorer opening multiple windows..really MS? File explorer?!

No matter how many times I reset file explorer in Windows 10, browsing through folder will open multiple windows and not keep the same windows at all. WTF? Is it this hard to get a basic god damn app to behave normally? Browsing through my D$ drive will spawn multiple windows. Or browsing through C$ will open the same window for the first folder then pop open a new window for anything else.

Anyone else having this issue? Any fix? Restoring defaults does nothing. I just want to keep the same window open for everything. I don't want to have multiple instances of file explorer windows while browsing. There used to be a target shortcut you could place in the shortcut of file explorer that would help out with this. Can anyone help?


A: Windows 10 file explorer opening multiple windows..really MS? File explorer?!

Go to the "real" control panel, and open up "File Explorer Options". On the General tab make sure that the radio button is set to "open each folder in the same window".

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I realize there are many posts on this issue. When I click a Word 2007 document in Windows Explorer, I get the message "Windows cannot open the file (path\name) make sure...etc." Word opens but file does not. With Word open, clicking brings up another instance of Word (without file) and same error. Same as other posts on this issue. Issue does not occur with any other files (Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Acrobat, etc.) Happens with only Word extensions (docx, etc.) If I open Word and open the file from inside Word, all is fine.

I tried saving documents in different Word extensions, saving to different locations, but still get the error--only when opening directly from Explorer or Desktop. I have repaired Office 2007 (Ultimate Version), uninstalled Word, reinstalled Word; tried the registry fix posted here and MS site (removing Data reg entry under Word). Used tool posted here to unassociate/reassociate .docs with Word. I reimaged my hard drive using an image from two weeks ago, but apparently it started before that, because I still get the same error. I reset my index and waited for it to regenerate. I'm sure there might be other solutions I've tried, but these are the ones that come to mind.

It is a three-week-old Dell 1545 laptop, 64-bit Vista. Not impossible to live with, but has me stumped. According to all the posts in networld and here, fairly common problem that seems to have no single solution.

If anyone knows of new tips, I'd sure appreciate it.

A:Windows cannot find file path\file name when opening from Windows Explorer

Error is "cannot find (path\name)...before someone yells. Also, thorough scan for malicious software, trojans, etc. Do not have BSPlayer, whatever that is. Also, if I search for the document in the menu, I can't open it from there either.

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I attached a portable USB Seagate drive to my computer. The drive seems to be operating normally, except the computer dings and the file Explorer opens about every five minutes. Does anyone know of what's going on? How can I fix this? It's driving... Ha... Get it... Driving me crazy!

A:Windows 10 File Explorer Keeps Opening

Hello mmshipon,

If you like, turn off AutoPlay for "Removable drive" by setting it to "Take no action" to see if that may help.

AutoPlay - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

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I double clicked an mpg file, and I inadvertently clicked the "always remember" box if I wanted it to play in the little windows box on the left, in explorer.

What I really want is for MEdia Player to open. How can I fix that? I have IE 6 and xp.


A:[SOLVED] Opening mpg file in Windows Explorer

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I have a file on my desktop folder where I keep anything that I've downloaded. its a pretty hefty file but its never caused any problems for me until now. when I open it, I have about 5 seconds before a message box appears that says "windows explorer has stopped working" and it has to restart, closing any explorer windows. no other file does this and it only just started the other day. I haven't downloaded anything recently that could cause this. I've tried deleting it but I have to permanently delete the entire folder because it's too big for the recycle bin. I don' want to delete it in case I delete something that I would prefer to keep, and I can't move anything out of it because it crashes before I can C+P or move the file. Any help would be appreciated

A:Windows Explorer crashes when opening a file

Try running a checkdisk How to Use Check Disk in Windows Vista — MAXIMUMpcguides – Windows Vista tips, tricks, help, and how-to guides Also run SFC: System Files - SFC Command Post back the results.

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I have win 7 64bit Pro on an Intel i4770 Quad Core, (ASUS Z87-K motherboard)PC with a primary Samsung EVO 840 250gb SSD - (C:\) and 2x2tb HDD in RAIDS 1 (I:\)Using Intel Rapid Storage Technology Raids Controller.(The system was built by Chillblast 12 months ago) For about a year I had no problem with this set Up Then the system started to slow down rapidly Firstly I noticed "Not Responding" messages in Firefox, This spread to MS Office 2003 Apps - Word, Excel etc. The programs would seize up for a while, and become Unresponsive then resume. After reading up for possible causes on these forums I tried disabling right click context menu's in certain programs. This made some difference (using nirsofts shexview) but did not totally cure the issue and is not ideal. I've run sfc /SCANNOW - no problems reported I've AVAST internet Security 2015 on my system. - Scans clean (I've also got Malewarebytes on my system also scans clean. Both these have exclusions to each other and have lived side by side prior to the problem starting) I've tried disabling non essential startup items with not much success I've also tried Windows troubleshooting. Restore points and recovery all to no avail. Things get particularly bad if I try and open a document through Windows explorer e.g. a Word Doc, the appt stalls goes very very slow and "not responding" appears. However if I open the Application up first e.g. Word and then open the very same file from within... Read more

A:Opening a file in an App through Windows Explorer has become V Slow

Apologies for the lousy formatting above. This is my very first Forum thread, Post!!!

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This is my first time on the forums, so I hope I don't screw this up. I have searched the forums and not found an answer to this problem, so I hope I'm not re-asking an old question...

I am running Windows Seven Professional 64-bit and Windows Update isn't showing any more possible updates.

My computer is a Dell Precision M90 laptop with a Intel Core2 Duo 2.0GHz processor.

When I use Windows Explorer to open files that are associated with the program SolidWorks I receive the message: "There was a problem sending the command to the program."

I am running SolidWorks 2010 Professional SP0 which is a 3D modeling program for mechanical engineering. The program ran under XP without this issue.

I only receive this message if there is not an instance of SolidWorks running. Even after I receive this message, SolidWorks still loads and opens the file I selected through Windows Explorer.

This problem occurs no matter where the file is located (network or local).

This problem doesn't keep me from getting my work accomplished, but it is a bit of nuisance. Any help that anyone could offer would be much appreciated.

I'm including a screen capture of the message.

A:Error when opening a file in Windows Explorer

Hey. Nicely laid out explanation. Refreshing.

You could very well try installing the software again using compatibility mode for XP SP3.

To do so, right click on the installer's .exe file and choose properties. There's a compatibility tab to go to. I trust by my estimation of your intelligence that you can figure out the rest.

If it is on CD or DVD, copy entire contents to HDD first. Then do as I've outlined.

After, run the .exe and install. Might be better to uninstall original attempt prior to new install.

Good luck and let us know if this works for you. Hopefully you make some great designs. heh heh

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Error: There was a problem sending the command to the program.

Windows 7 x64, Office 2007,
McAfee anti-virus
corporate laptop

I have tried all options found on the web, and noe have worked!

check/uncheck DDE request
check/uncheck Run as adminstrator

In the event log
Event log:

The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:
Process **\mcshield.exe pid (2736) contains signed but untrusted code, but was allowed to perform a privileged operation with a McAfee driver.
Process **\VsTskMgr.exe pid (2472) contains signed but untrusted code, but was allowed to perform a privileged operation with a McAfee driver.

are there any registry settings to change??
are there any other top secret options to tweak?



A:Error opening Excel file from windows explorer

Hello sportsguy!

Have you tried the Microsoft 'Fix-it' in this Article?
Excel Error: There was a problem sending the command to the program

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Some time yesterday my PC began acting strangely. Every time I open Explorer, I see "Working on it..." and have to wait several seconds before I can do anything. In addition, any changes to the file structure (deleting files, copying, moving, etc.) cause another freeze. This occurs on all drives, SSD or HDD.

There are no error messages in Event Viewer, no problems reported by SFC /SCANNOW, and no file system errors reported by CHKDSK. Any advice?

A:Windows Explorer freezes when opening and after every file change

Addendum: If I launch Explorer from "This PC" I see the "Working on it" text. If I launch via the task bar shortcut, it freezes quietly, and loads Explorer after 10-15 seconds. Accessing files through the command prompt has no delay, which leads me to believe this is an issue with Explorer. I tried rebuilding the search index, but that had no effect.

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Good day!

I always encounter crashing of windows explorer while opening folders and files in a file server.

Below is the details of the error

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BEX
Application Name: Explorer.EXE
Application Version: 6.1.7600.16768
Application Timestamp: 4d6878c3
Fault Module Name: MSVCR100.dll
Fault Module Version: 10.0.30319.1
Fault Module Timestamp: 4ba1dbbe
Exception Offset: 0008ae6e
Exception Code: c0000417
Exception Data: 00000000
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 13321
Additional Information 1: ca42
Additional Information 2: ca423ebc47d0364170b0da9b700a592e
Additional Information 3: b613
Additional Information 4: b613bf4dd3333283c5cd36b73f656e21

I've already tried sfc /scannow 3 times already and also chkdsk and turning off DEP.

Is there any way to resolve this issue.

Thanks in advance!!

A:Windows explorer crash while opening folders/file

It may be related to some Explorer extension that was installed and crashing on network drives? Try disabling installed programs "shell integration" as much as you can to test.

Also, you probably want to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1, as it might fix something related to this crash, in addition to some other minor bugfixes.

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Is there any way in doing this automatically without right click> open in a new window and when you click on diferent folders for the current open one not closing?

A:[File Explorer]how to keep multiple windows open ?

Sorry, don't understand. Please given an example of what you would like to happen automatically.

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I updated to Windows 10 last weekend. I am running internet explorer 11. Now within my company FTP site when I go to View, Open FTP site in File Explorer, nothing occurs.   How do I correct?

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I keep having a problem with my Windows Explorer 8. Every time I try to open a file that I have downloaded, explorer automatically keeps opening blank windows and will not stop. I have to restart the computer every time. Any suggestions would be great!! Thanks for your help!Here is my log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 3:26:11 PM, on 11/5/2009Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18828)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exeC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\UfSeAgnt.exeC:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exeC:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exeC:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exeC:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exeC:\Program Files\Mediafour\XPlay 3\XPlay.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Web Protection Add-On\TMWebProtectTray.exeC:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeperUI.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exeC:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exeC:\Windows\system32\igfxsrvc.exeC:\Program Files\DNA\btdna.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Media Player ... Read more

A:Windows explorer keeps automatically opening when ever I try to open a downloaded file

Hello msu28Welcome to BleepingComputer ==========================Download OTL to your desktop.Double click on the icon to run it. Make sure all other windows are closed and to let it run uninterrupted.When the window appears, underneath Output at the top change it to Minimal Output.Under the Standard Registry box change it to All.Check the boxes beside LOP Check and Purity Check.Click the Run Scan button. Do not change any settings unless otherwise told to do so. The scan wont take long.When the scan completes, it will open two notepad windows. OTL.Txt and Extras.Txt. These are saved in the same location as OTL.Please copy (Edit->Select All, Edit->Copy) the contents of these files, one at a time, and post it with your next reply.===========Download This file. Note its name and save it to your root folder, such as C:\.Disconnect from the Internet and close all running programs.Temporarily disable any real-time active protection so your security program drivers will not conflict with this file.Click on this link to see a list of programs that should be disabled.Double-click on the downloaded file to start the program. (If running Vista, right click on it and select "Run as an Administrator")Allow the driver to load if asked.You may be prompted to scan immediately if it detects rootkit activity.If you are prompted to scan your system click "Yes" to begin the scan.If not prompted, click the "Rootkit/Malware" tab.On the right-side, all items to be scanned should be checked by def... Read more

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I am running Windows 7. For some time now if I double click a file or folder in windows explorer left or right pane it moves up a level to the parent folder and shows the contents of that in the right pane rather that opening the contents of that folder.

I have no trojans or viruses. I am using the QTTabBar.

Any ideas of why this is happening?

Thanks, Tom.

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I was told to also post this iunder this category.

I'm about to tear out my hair. First Windows Explorer keeps stopping, searches for solution then restarts. About the time this problem, I noticed that Windows Explorer will change the original creation date on some of my files. It might be all files in folder or just certain types. I've yet to make a connection with when this is happening or what is causing it. Not necessarily when Windows Explorer stops. It's difficult when you can't tell which is the oldest/newest file in a folder.

I'm running Windows 7 64 bit, which I keep updated, McAfee, AntiMalware Bytes and SuperAntiSpyware, also all updated.

I'm begging! Can someone help me please?


A:Window Explorer keeps stopping/Windows Explorer Changed File Dates


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Running Windows XP, recently upgraded to IE8, have Trend Micro Security and SpyBot (ran both)

When opening IE, without clicking on anything, it will open up two or more windows - not pop-ups of ads or anything, just new IE windows of the home page. And if I click on a link, it will open the link, then open more windows of either the home page, or the link page.

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Good evening,

I recently restored my computer to factory condition after not being able to reboot in safe mode or any other boot mode. I noticed after being away from computer for 2 days that I had approximately 10 Internet Explorer browser windows with "bing" loaded on screen. Any assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.
DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421
Run by Tee at 16:03:47 on 2012-04-26
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.2942.1999 [GMT -7:00]
AV: Norton Internet Security *Disabled/Updated* {63DF5164-9100-186D-2187-8DC619EFD8BF}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Norton Internet Security *Enabled/Updated* {D8BEB080-B73A-17E3-1B37-B6B462689202}
FW: Norton Internet Security *Enabled* {5BE4D041-DB6F-1935-0AD8-24F3E73C9FC4}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroup
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A:Multiple Internet Explorer Windows Opening

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps.===Please download ComboFix from any of the links below, and save it to your desktop. For information regarding this download, please visit this web page: 1Link 2* IMPORTANT !!! Save ComboFix.exe to your DesktopIMPORTANT....1. Close any open browsers.2. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.3. Do not install any other programs until this if fixed.How to : Disable Anti-virus and Firewall... click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts. When finished, it will produce a report for you. Please post the C:\ComboFix.txt Note:Do not mouse click ComboFix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stallNote: If you have difficulty properly disabling your protective programs, refer to this link --> party programs if not up to date can be the cause infiltration of an infection.Please run this security check for my review.Download Security Check by screen317 from here.Save it to your Desktop.Double click SecurityCheck.exe and follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.A Notepad... Read more

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Hi. I'm having a problem with multiple Windows Explorer windows opening when I click on folders in the Windows Explorer window; for example, if I want to get to my iTunes songs, I click on "C:" on the left side of the Windows Explorer window and then "Users" on the right side. When I click on "Users," a second window opens up with my name, Jonathan, as one of the folders. When I click on "Jonathan," a third window opens with the "My Music" folder in the new window. I then click on "My Music," which opens up a fourth window that brings me to my iTunes folder. When I click on the iTunes folder, a fifth window opens, bringing me to the "iTunes Media" folder. When I click on that folder, a sixth window opens, bringing me to the "Music" folder. When I click on the "Music" folder, a seventh window opens, bringing me to a list of the names of the artists in my iTunes library. I then click on an artist name, which opens an eighth window with the folder "Unknown Album" in it. I click on "Unknown Album" and a 9th window opens with a list of the songs.

I then have to go back and close all the windows I don't need. And it doesn't just happen with iTunes; it happens with everything.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

A:Problem with multiple Windows Explorer windows opening

Try checking the "Browse folders" settings on the "General" tab, in your "Folder Options" window.

Type "Folder Options" (without the quotes) in your Start Menu search box and choose "Folder Options" from the results list.

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Hello Everyone.

I use Windows 8.1.

Until few days ago, everything was working fine. No idea what happened but whenever I open the File Explorer/Windows Explorer, it always opens minimized. Earlier I just needed to maximize it and close it so that when the next time I open it, it opens maximized. But when I do that now, it still opens minimized.

Not just that. I like to have my files and folders view to be as "large icons". But, its all in "details" view now. Earlier if something like this happened, I would change it once to "large icons" and it remained intact upon my viewing next time. However, it doesn't happen now. Inspite of changing the view settings to "large icons", they still open "details" view.

Any idea, how to solve both the issues? It would be very helpful.


A:Windows Explorer/File Explorer Always Opens Minimized

This is for Vista, but 8 is similar: Change folder views and behavior

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So whenever I click File Explorer on the taskbar or in the start menu, Windows Explorer crashes and I need to go into task manager and restart it. But if I click a folder on my desktop it doesn't crash?

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Hello Everyone.

I use Windows 8.1.

Until few days ago, everything was working fine. No idea what happened but whenever I open the File Explorer/Windows Explorer, it always opens minimized. Earlier I just needed to maximize it and close it so that when the next time I open it, it opens maximized. But when I do that now, it still opens minimized.

Not just that. I like to have my files and folders view to be as "large icons". But, its all in "details" view now. Earlier if something like this happened, I would change it once to "large icons" and it remained intact upon my viewing next time. However, it doesn't happen now. Inspite of changing the view settings to "large icons", they still open "details" view.

Any idea, how to solve both the issues? It would be very helpful.


A:Windows Explorer/File Explorer Always Opens Minimized

Most icons can be right-clicked, choose Properties and on the Shortcut tab click Run and change from Normal Window to Minimized or to Maximized. Yours may be set for Minimized.

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I opened a PDF file in notepad then in Word, now all PDF in my windows explorer shows a Word-like icon and file opens automatically in word.  I checked folder options and rebooted the machine, but it still shows that icon.  

How can I get the PDF file type icon back and file opens in Adobe automatically?
Thanks for any tips!

A:How can I get PDF file type icon back in Windows Explorer after I opend the file in Notepad?

Found it -
Control Panel > Default Program OR  Start >Default Program (if the shortcut already there) > select PDF file type and change default file association > pick Adobe 

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On my old machine, if I highlighted 4 JPGs and right clicked and chose Open, it would only open one instance of Paint Shop Pro with all 4 pictures in that one instance. On my new machine, if I highlight 4 JPGs and right click and choose Open, it open four instances of Paint Shop Pro, with each instance only having that 1 JPG in it. How do I set Windows explorer to only open one instance of Paint Shop Pro with all 4 JPGs within that instance?

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Hi all,

I have been hammered by several viruses. The result of the attack is that Windows Explorer now shows the file type for an exe file to be a file folder instead of an application. I assume there is something not right in the registry but I do not know where to start looking. Can anyone help? Thanks very much.

A:Windows Explorer Is Defaulting "file Folder" File Type For Registration

I'm not sure this is what you are talking about, but you can change the icon:
Tools -> Folder options -> File types
Mark the file and press "advanced".

*edit stupid mouse

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Hi there,Whenever I try to delete a file in my download file, windows explorer stop working. I am currently running an antivirus scan on my laptop and I did so on my download and there was no apparent infections. I run a sfc scan from the cmd.exe and everything was fine. I have got an Hijackthis log Analysis, but I can't interpret it myself. Please can somebody? Thanks in advance.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 21:44:12, on 08/01/2011Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16700)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files\Soluto\soluto.exeC:\Windows\system32\taskhost.exeC:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Program Files\BT Broadband Desktop Help\btbb\BTHelpNotifier.exeC:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuschd2.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\FileCenter\Main\FileConvertAgent.exeC:\Program Files\DivX\DivX Update\DivXUpdate.exeC:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exeC:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\sttray.exeC:\Program Files\DellTPad\Apoint.exeC: ... Read more

A:(Hijackthis log Analysis) Whenever I try to delete a file in my download file windows explorer stop working

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Hi All
I have a rather large file system with lots of folders & subfolders. When I want to save previously on Xp operating system I'd search in explorer open the folder I want then copy the address (e.g c:\customer records\client name\job address).
In windows 7, when I copy the folder address i get this "search-ms:displayname=Search%20Results%20in%20electronic%20files&crumb=location:S%3A%5CSEQ%5C011_Estimating %5Celectronic%20files\CHERMSIDE , 17 smith ST"

As you can imagine I cant paste that into a save as field and expect it find the folder location.

Does someone know if it can do what I want? keeping in mind this is about time saving and productivity exercise so I need a simple solution. It is also on a work computer so a lot of settings are locked.

Appreciate any help

A:Copy file address after doing a file search in windows explorer

Find solution myself
Hold down shift right click and select "copy as path"

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Hi - I have tried now for 2-3 hours trying to delete an .mkv file from my "Downloads" folder It says the file is in use by Windows Explorer and cannot be deleted I have tried deleting it using Del command prompt as me and as Administrator (I am the Admnistrator, there are no other users) - no luck I have tried Safe Boot and then deleting - no luck I have tried rebooting many times and then deleting - no luck Any ideas? It's driving me nuts

A:Cannot delete file - tried everything - file in use by Windows Explorer error

Hi - I have tried now for 2-3 hours trying to delete an .mkv file from my "Downloads" folder It says the file is in use by Windows Explorer and cannot be deleted I have tried deleting it using Del command prompt as me and as Administrator (I am the Admnistrator, there are no other users) - no luck I have tried Safe Boot and then deleting - no luck I have tried rebooting many times and then deleting - no luck Any ideas? It's driving me nuts
Okay, I managed to delete them from my laptop (not the PC) which is part of my Homegroup I could not delete them from my PC - that was very odd Weird at least they are gone now - but this was very strange indeed

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-60, AMD64 Family 15 Model 104 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3964 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon X1250, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 236973 MB, Free - 142919 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled
When I try to open a Word file or picture while on the internet (including email), multiple windows open and close. The only way to stop it is to hold down the power key. I have run virus scans which have not solved the problem. I don't know what settings to look at to see if something is set incorrectly. Can amyone help?

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I am trying to use a .bat file so that when my computer starts, it automatically opens some programs.
It's working fine in some ways, but I can't get Explorer 8 to open 3 different sites. It only ever opens the last one in the list.
Is there a resource for learning how to write these scripts or does anyone know how to do it?

A:Opening Explorer with a .bat file

Here are a few links to help get you started:

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I have a petty little question.

Is there any way to make File Explorer open in the same position and the same size as when it was last closed.

Currently, it always opens in the same position and size and I almost always want to resize it.

A:Opening File Explorer

Hello dsscottage,

Not sure I follow that.

By default, File Explorer already does open in the same size and position as when it was last closed.

If you want to resize it, then you should be able to.

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file explorer just keeps popping up randomly and repeatedly. it always brings it to the front and tabs me out of whatever i was doing before. its doing it right now while im typing this. please help this is annoying enough that i might just wipe to be rid of it.

A:file explorer keeps opening by itself

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I recently put a new hard drive in my computer. Now whenever I try to start Windows Explorer or Internet Explorer the windows installer starts and the windows will not open until I have cancelled the installer several times. I scanned the registry with Registry Fix and fixed all problems. It still starts every time. Netscape has no like problem starting. What is the fix?

A:Windows Installer starts when opening Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer

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File Explorer not opening maximized. Its shortcut ignores the 'Run' setting and always prefers to open the window as 'normal window'. I have tried this:
1 - Close any open File Explorer windows. The shortcut 'Run' setting is 'Maximized'. Click on shortcut. It opens as normal window. Maximize the window. Close it. Click on shortcut. It opens maximized THAT ONE TIME. The next click on the shortcut - it opens as a normal window again, and subsequently.
2 - Close any open File Explorer windows. The shortcut 'Run' setting is 'normal window'. The behaviour is the same as above. Change the shortcut 'Run' setting to 'Maximized' and repeat the test. No change in behaviour.
3 - Close any open File Explorer windows. The shortcut 'Run' setting is 'Maximized'. Click on shortcut. It opens as normal window. Instead of maximizing it resize it to fill the screen until it maximizes automatically and close it. The behaviour is the same as above.
4 - I added the following DWORD value to the registry:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer] "MaximizeApps"=dword:00000001
That made no difference.

This was happening before I reinstalled Windows 8.1 update 1 from scratch (for a different reason). It is still happening.

A:File Explorer not opening maximized.

Have you tried dragging the pane to the size you want and then closing it?

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I have a new-ish PC running Windows XP with Internet Explorer 7 installed.

There is a website I use from which I need to download .csv files. When I open it, it opens in Excel, but rather than have all the columns separated, everything appears separated by commas in just the first column. I know I can then get it into columns by doing the whole 'Text to Columns' thing, but I would rather it just opened correctly in the first place. I didn't have a problem on my previous PC.

I think it is an IE set-up issue as I have tried opening using Opera and it seems to open correctly.

Any idea

A:Opening .csv file from Internet Explorer

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I have an existing OpenOffice document, (it's actually a 375 page book of Spanish) in File Explorer's 'Documents' that I transferred from an old XP laptop by flash drive. All my other documents except .doc & the Oo one, which is: .odt have opened up successfully. I downloaded Oo 3.4.1 which is the latest one. It will by right clicking & selecting 'Open with', after a long period open in Wordpad but a lot of the lines have jumped out of column. I tried right clicking, selecting 'Share with' & 'Specific people' & typed in 'Administrator'' along with my User name of robinp. It didn't solve the problem. I'm going to have a try at right clicking & selecting 'Properties'>'Security', etc. & trying that route. Any suggestions?

A:Opening an OpenOffice doument in File Explorer in Win. 8.

Will it still open on the XP Laptop?

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So we have a label printing program that the manufacturer built in a nice little "If WindowsVersion > 7 Then t('.'t)" message. We upgraded all officially supported by Dell machines to Windows 10, and we tested the program with Compatibility Mode set, everything worked fine. However, one of our users reported an issue we didn't test; if they open a label file (.lab) from Explorer, it completely ignores the compatibility settings that are on her machine. The settings were changed for all users, not just her, so it's not the problem. Does anybody have suggestions on where to look?

I'm going to be digging into the registry myself, just hoping somebody's seen this before or can help narrow my search. I'm going to start with the file association and see if maybe it's launching a different exe or something...but I don't think it is.

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Hello again kind people

I have recently updated my anti virus software to the free AVG. This, once updated, found a virus and deleted it. Today when I open any window that utilises windows explorer (my computer, my documents...) I get a 'virus detected from AVG resident shield. Specifically it says

While opening file: C:\ WINDOWS\system32\msxpe.dll
Trojan horse Clicker.2.l

when trying to delete/heal/move_to_vault this thing it says "requested action not available for this object". All I can do is click on the continue button and the warning goes away.

I have looked for it myself and cannot find it in the location given. Yet everytime I open a new window the virus detected warning returns in the sme state.

I ran TDS-3 with the latest Radius definitions. It found two results which I deleted. The log is below if it is of any use.

20:32:56 [Init] Trojan Defence Suite v3.2.0 (UNLICENSED)
20:32:56 [Init] Started 14-02-05 20:32:56 GMT Standard Time (UTC: 0), Internet Time @897.87
20:32:56 [Init] Loading TDS-3 Systems ...
20:32:56 [Init] Token successfully adjusted.
20:32:56 [Init] ? TDS Privileges : OK. Adjusted TDS-3 token privileges to maximum
20:32:56 [Init] ? Plugins : OK. Loaded 13
20:32:56 [Init] ? Exec Protection : Not Installed
20:32:56 [Init] WARNING: Your Radius.TD3 database needs to be updated!
20:32:56 [Init] Please download the latest from
20:32:56 [Init] L... Read more

A:AVG virus alert when opening file explorer

First I would suggest getting rid of one of the antivirus programs. They can cause problems when running together. So uninstall one of them now.

Download KillBox ( Run KillBox and check the box that says 'End Explorer Shell While Killing File'. Next click on 'Delete on Reboot'. For each of the following files below, check the box that says 'Unregister .dll Before Deleting' if it's not grayed out. Copy and paste each of the following into KillBox (hitting the X button for each file - choose NO when it asks if you want to reboot):


The Temp folders should be cleaned out periodically as installation programs and hijack programs leave a lot of junk there. Download CleanUp! (Alternate Link if main link don't work) and install it. Run CleanUp! and click on CleanUp! button. When it asks you if you want to logoff, click on Yes.

Restart and see if you still have that problem now.

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Hi, I need help on this one: when I open the Windows Explorer (Windows 2000) and double-click on a document to open it, the program (e.g. MS Excel when I double-clicked on an Excel document) starts in the background, Windows Explorer stays automatically in front. Did anyone ever hear of this? How can I stop this and make the program with the selected file type start automatically in front?

Any suggestions welcomed! Thanks.

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Recently a change occured (after an update?).
I have a folder containing only 6 shortcuts, linking to devices or to drives, connected to devices, in my home network. Opening this folder takes about 30 sec. It has to do with those shortcuts that link to drives, connected to devices, which are off. Apparently, file explorer, when trying to present the shortcuts, also tries to get some info from those drives. After failing, file explorer nevertheless decides to present the shortcut after long waiting time.
This effect has come recently in W10. In most cases, the effect is there, but in a few cases, the map is opening normally.

A:File explorer slow in opening folder with shortcuts

Additional info:
When the folder is closed for a longer period, then opening gives an instantaneous result.
After closing the folder, and opening again some time after closing, the shortcuts only show up after ca 30 sec.

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A quick Google search did not turn up anything.

I want to change the Fie Explorer default opening location from the Libraries to 'This PC -> Desktop'. However, both 'Target' and 'Start In' fields in the File Explorer properties are greyed out.

I am an administrator, and as far as I can tell with my level of know-how, I have full permissions.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

A:Can't change default opening location of File Explorer

Hello Ali Abela, and welcome to Eight Forums.

The tutorial below can help show you how to change the default open to target for File Explorer.

File Explorer Taskbar Icon - Change Open To Target

Hope this helps,

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So I recently re-installed windows 8.1 pro and I've been noticing that when I open file explorer or anything from the win + x menu I get maybe a second (probably less) delay that's not there if I were to search for it or open it basically anywhere else. File explorer has a delay no matter where I open it, but if I were to open one of my recent files from the jump list, it opens quickly. I know this seems like a weird and trivial issue but I just wanna know if this is normal or not.

A:I get this weird delay when opening file explorer or anything from the win + x menu

Okay well it seems my file explorer is kind of faster than it was before so nvm I guess

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Hi there.

If I first open MS Excel from Program Files then open a file from the icon/File menu, then my files open fine and Excel loads my personal.xls file and other add-ins.

If, however, I navigate to a file via Windows Explorer and double-click to open any excel file, then it appears that the add-ins don't always load and/or Personal.xls may or may not load either.

This behaviour is always the case, i.e. never can I do it this way and opening via Explorer gives me everything I need.
It almost feels like Excel isn't being given time to load completely before the file is opened.

Does anyone else have any experience of this? Or a solution?

NB: O/S = Office XP, SP3

Many thanks

A:Solved: Excel 2003 - Opening file via Explorer

Following on from my previous post. Further digging around has led me to try a few things - most of which haven't worked, of course!

On one forum somewhere, for a slightly different problem, someone suggested going to Tools -> Options -> General, then selecting Ignore Other Applications.

This had the effect of not allowing any files to open via Windows Explorer.
However, after setting this back (as that was clearly not what I wanted!) I've found that files are opening as expected and correctly!

So, I don't know how/why it's worked, but the problem appears to be solved.

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I am running vista 64 Home Premium, IE explorer 7. I have one user admin account on the PC. Recently, I began to get a message each time I try to open ie explorer OPEN FILE - Security Warning and a prompt to Continue or Cancel. If I hit Continue, ie explorer opens p fine. It was too annoying and I finally decided to restore my system with a backup file from early Jan where I knew I did not have this nonsense message. The system restore worked w/o the annoying message for few minutes but it returned again. It seems to have been a Windows update that is triggering this. Any way to get rid of this annoyance?


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Hi: I could not open a file (Adobe Acrobat File) in Internet Explorer. Received a message saying that it is either not a supported file type or because the file has been damaged. I spent several hours trying to get this file I needed for my work. Finally the next day I thought I would try Firefox and it worked fine in there. It stated that it was a Adobe Acrobat Document and Firefox should open it with - Adobe Reader by Default.
How can I get this to work in Internet Explorer? I usually use Internet Explorer. Could it be that I need to set Internet Explorer? Or do I need to delete/remove Internet Explorer and down load and install it again?


Ardath Morrison

A:Problem opening & printing File in Internet Explorer.

Got to Tools, Internet Options and the Programs tab to set programs as desired. Before uninstalling might it might work to try Tools, Internet Options, Advanced tab and Reset in the bottom part.

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My computer runs Windows 10. Recently it has been stuck on the blue logo loading screen for a couple of minutes when previously on my SSD it would take seconds. When I open File Explorer, anything I click on freezes, either the blue cursor spinning, or the indefinite green loading bar on the address 'working on it'. This means anything file related does not respond. If I try to download something off the internet and click 'save as', it just disappears and nothing happens. Right now opening my default browser Firefox is OK, but other apps take 5 or so minutes to open, which inevitably lead to it not responding. I have been looking at forums but no problems seem to be affecting all these things I have talked about. I ran a sfc /scannow, but it 'found corrupt files and was unable to fix some of them;'. I pretty much can't do anything except use my browser. Control Panel, Settings, all unresponsive. I can get into regedit. Otherwise, no programs are functioning. Please Help, I am happy to provide information that you think I may be able to provide in my current circumstance.

A:Startup Lag, File Explorer Crashing, Programs Not Opening

Update 1. I waited to open up my hard-drive E:\ drive, I have got 'E:\ is not accessible. The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error. Perhaps it is my harddrive and not the SSD? I am now successfully navigating through my C drive, I can delete and modify files. Programs on my C drive (SSD) seem to be working fine. I have a lot of things on my Harddrive which I need, is this the issue?

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About half the time I open either Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer, explorer.exe generates an error. Then I'll try opening the program again, and it'll open up fine.

HijackThis Log (In case it helps)
Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 1149 AM, on 12-10-04
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\BroadJump\Client Foundation\CFD.exe
C:\program files\\bin\tgcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\FreePicGrabber\ThumbGrab.exe
E:\Programs_Ant... Read more

A:Explorer.exe sometimes generates errors when opening IE or Windows Explorer

Please print out or copy this page to Notepad. Make sure to work through the fixes in the exact order it is mentioned below. If there's anything that you don't understand, ask your question(s) before proceeding with the fixes. You should not have any open browsers when you are following the procedures below.

You have an outdated version of HijackThis. Click here to get the latest version of HijackThis.

Go to My Computer->Tools/View->Folder Options->View tab and make sure that 'Show hidden files and folders' (or 'Show all files') is enabled.

For the options that you checked/enabled earlier, you may uncheck them after your log is clean. If we ask you to fix a program that you use or want to keep, please post back saying that (we don't know every program that exists, so we may tell you to delete a program that we think is bad to keep).

Please download Ad-aware SE and install it if you don't have it already. Make sure it's the newest version and check for any updates before running it. Also go here to get the plug-in for fixing VX2 variants. To run this tool, go into Ad-aware->Add-ons and select VX2 Cleaner. Then click Run Tool and OK to start it. If it's clean, it will say Status System Clean. Otherwise, you will have to click on the Clean button to remove the VX2 infection. Also make sure to customize the settings in Ad-aware for better scan results. Run the scan and fix everything that it finds.

Reboot into Safe Mode (hit F8 key until ... Read more

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I have a computer (Windows XP Home, SP2) that had quite a bit of spyware on it. I cleaned it up using Ad Aware, Spybot and Super AntiSpyware free edition but I cannot get rid of the error that keeps popping up. I looked at some other posts but since that was log specific I didn't know if I should try to same thing. Here is the error and below that is the Hijack This Log. I'd appreciate any assistance when you get time. I just work on this during evenings. Thanks.

Windows Internet Explorer: Cannot find file ///C:Windows/privacy_danger/index.htm

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:38:31 PM, on 3/26/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16608)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
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A:Malware: Windows Internet Explorer: Cannot Find file ///C:Windows/privacy_danger

Can anybody out there help me?

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I was able to do this in Win7 but can't figure out what to do in W10.
Problem is that I want File Explorer to start with the display at a particular folder. In my case that is D:\Tony\Pictures. And with the contents of that folder in the right-hand pane.
I should add that C: is the label for the SSD on this PC and data is stored in D:
At the moment, in the folders pane it shows five items: Quick Access, OneDrive, This PC, Network and Homegroup. If any of these are expanded then it will remain expanded but only down one level when re-opened. The default selected item of the five is always Quick Access and that is of little use to me.
Thanks in advance!

A:File explorer - setting a default opening screen to particular folder

Hi, this article, which you may have read, discusses this issue; although it may not achieve precisely what you want, it comes close.
From another point of view, you'll probably also be aware of programs that offer favourites list, common across a range of file managers and open/save boxes etc such as Listary.

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all i have installed is installed  Ofice Home & Student 2016 yesterday upon starting for the first time.  screen change is very slow and 'File Explorer' either is 'not responding' or it just freezes.

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When I use any Internet program to surf the internet.. I cannot open any video files that show on the screen.. All I get for video files on a website is a big white box, with a red "X" in the left-top corner.

for example.. the video on this site does not show for me..

also, here is an image of what shows on my computer screen when trying to play a video on the internet..


A:My VideoPlayer does not work in the Internet Explorer while opening a video file..

Your firewall or security software is probably blocking javascript. I went to your first link in Firefox with java disabled and got a white area where the video should be. When I enabled java, the player and controls appeared and the video started playing.

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all i have installed is installed  Ofice Home & Student 2016 yesterday upon starting for the first time.  screen change is very slow and 'File Explorer' either is 'not responding' or it just freezes.

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Immediately after installing the 8.1 upgrade I started to get Windows Explorer opening up 2 windows on its own. Each is focused on one of my 3 external hard drives. When I shut the windows down they will appear again within the next 15 - 30 minutes. This goes on all day and while not a serious problem it is extremely annoying. Does any one know what is causing this behaviour?

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I am trying to convert a .wmv file to .mp4, however the .wmv file does not appear any time I browse for it.
I know exactly where it is on my hard drive from a search I performed and it will open and play in the Windows 10 Movie and TV app. However it does not appear anywhere other than in the search. If I try to find it in Windows 10 Explorer, even though I know exactly where it is, it does not appear. If I browse for it in a conversion app it does no appear.
Any idea on how I can get to it so I can convert it to a format that will give me less trouble?

A:wmv file does not appear in Windows Explorer

try to copy that to another directory or you can also try an online web-service....

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How do I create a new txt file into Windows Explorer? (right click -> New)

Only "New Folder" is visible by defaut.

Is there any registry string to insert, to create new file types to add?

Using search function, nobody else seem have asked the same question before.

Thanks in advance!


I answer myself...
It's magically appeared the whole "menu" once I've installed Open Office!

A:Windows Explorer -> NEW -> txt file?

Hello Delpinsky,

It may also be that you had done this in a root folder (ex: C: drive or C:\Windows). You may need to go down one more folder level to see all of them.

Hope this helps,

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When I right-click on a file or folder name it will display the options as normal after booting my pc. After being on awhile, the drop down menu displays oddly. I'm attaching two screens to show the problem. file explorer 1.png shows the normal; file explorer 2 shows after the problem starts.

A:Windows 10 File Explorer

Here's the way file explorer looks now. (see attachment)

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Recently I posted a thread about control panel not working. Finally got it started by opening in file explorer. Once it started there it would open from any of the usual places. My problem now is that File Explorer is doing the same thing control panel was doing. Can't seem to start it from anywhere. I just get the "wait" circle for a second and then nothing. Any ideas?

A:Windows File Explorer

Hi, does it open normally
a. in Safe Mode
b. after a clean boot
c. if you disable all shell extensions (be sure to hide MS ones) using Nirsoft's shellexview (freeware)?

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Whenever I highlight an audio (.mp4, .wav) file in File Explorer I get a "now loading" pop-up and then the file plays in a small pop-up.

I have not clicked on the file. If I had, by default, the file should play in VLC.

I also have QTTabBar installed.

What is causing this?

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Hi I have a computer (Windows XP Home, SP2) that had quite a bit of spyware on it. I cleaned it up using Ad Aware, Spybot and Super AntiSpyware free edition and Trojan Hunter a few different times but I cannot get rid of the error that keeps popping up. I also completed the 5 steps before posting. I looked at some other posts but since that was log specific I didn't know if I should try to same thing. Here is the error and below that is the requested Log. I've also attached the extra.txt file. I'd appreciate any assistance when you get time. Thanks.

"Windows Internet Explorer: Cannot find file ///C:Windows/privacy_danger/index.htm"

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by Rich on 2008-05-08 20:54:06
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.

-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --
105: 2008-05-09 01:54:13 UTC - RP798 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point
104: 2008-05-09 01:46:01 UTC - RP797 - Software Distribution Service 3.0
103: 2008-05-08 04:56:18 UTC - RP796 - System Checkpoint
102: 2008-05-07 04:01:56 UTC - RP795 - System Checkpoint
101: 2008-05-06 03:01:57 UTC - RP794 - System Checkpoint

-- First Restore Point --
1: 2008-02-09 09:45:30 UTC - RP694 - System Checkpoint

Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup... Read more

A:Windows Internet Explorer: Cannot Find file ///C:Windows/privacy_danger

Hello and welcome to TSF.

Apologies for the long delay in response. We have a large number of HijackThis logs to handle and it's taking us longer to catch up. If you haven't received help elsewhere already and still require assistance, please post a fresh HijackThis log and I'll be happy to help you.

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My pc was working with no errors yesterday, last night as I powered the windows 7 system down, it told me that there was a update to do.  The pc did the update for Internet Explorer 8 for windows & (KB976749) and shut down.  Today all other Standard users can not launch Explorer, they get the Windows can not access the specified device, Path, of file.  Admin accounts work with no issues and the security looks the same? Any ideas??

A:Explorer.exe Windows can not access the specified device, Path, of file windows 7

Does the error occur when launching Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer?
Please perform a System Restore and check whether the issue persists when accessing Explorer. If the error persists, please let me know. Otherwise, I suggest you manually reinstall the update in admin account.
For your reference, I have enclosed the download link below:
Update for Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7 (KB976749)

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Regarding the Microsoft Windows 7 file manager utility - Windows Explorer - the better alternatives (free and otherwise) are ...?

A:A Better File Manager than Windows Explorer for Microsoft Windows 7

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums

Quote: Originally Posted by Bamboo Baits

Regarding the Microsoft Windows 7 file manager utility - Windows Explorer - the better alternatives (free and otherwise) are ...?

"Better" is subjective. What suits your needs best is the better alternative. And there are a few..

Here's 6 to get you started..

Five free replacements for Windows Explorer - TechRepublic
Multi Commander | Multi Commander


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I may have done something to cause this but here is what is happening.

I download a file to any folder and when I move or delete it the file is still showing in the original folder?

After awhile I go back and it is gone? This never happened before I installed a SSD drive as my main hard drive.

Anyone know how to fix this?

Thank You

A:Windows 7 Windows Explorer still shows file on ssd after delete?

This is not clear. What does this mean ??

After awhile I go back and it is gone?

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This is the strangest problem I have imported folder.reg and directory.reg but I still can not start explorer.exe.  If I type explorer.exe /e it will launch ok.. If I launch it from a shortcut it launches fine.  But I can not get it to launch by clicking on explorer.exe.   All other executables work fine but for one other which I try to run which is Windows7UpgradeAdvisorSetup.exe it gives me error "The system administrator has set policies to prevent this installation."   
I have checked local security policies and there is none in effect.  I have ran software to check for policies but I can not find any policies to cause the above two problems.
Ran Drweb nothing found
Adwcleaner nothing found
Malwarebytes nothing found
So I thought ok let's try an upgrade install to repair my Windows 7 OS but I get message that Windows Vista SP1 has to be installed at mininum so I am not able to do a repair install either.  Except for the two problems everything is working fine and giving me absolutely no issues at all.

A:Windows 7: Windows 7 explorer.exe file does not have a program associated error

Maybe some kind of virus corrupted your windows file association in registry. Download this reg file and unzip it and than run the reg file that was inside. But i strongly suggest that you backup you registry first just in case.

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Thought I would share this. After the last upgrade of Windows 10, the File Explorer stopped working. I found a way around it. Go into Control Panel, then Administrative tools, then you will be able to find your files. Found this AFTER I had spoken to Microsoft techs who had no idea what was wrong.

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New to windows 10, I have 2 accounts both in family.
When I log into my account and open File explorer, I can see all the programs copied across from my previous PC, e.g. music, pictures etc., however, when my wife logs into her account, and opens file explorer the folders are all empty.
How do we share common files on a single PC using file explorer and not a network or OneDrive?

A:Windows 10 accounts & File Explorer

Hi Bingo, welcome to the Ten Forums.

Use the Public folders for that, it is the easiest way to allow all users of a single PC to access the same files. If you open the C:\Users folder you will see that there are so called profile folders for you, your wife and the third profile named Public. Move the music you want to share with your wife from C:\Users\YourUserprofile\Music to C:\Users\Public\Public Music, the images from C:\Users\YourUserprofile\Pictures to C:\Users\Public\Public Pictures, and so on.

In Windows all users have an automatic access to all content in Public folders.


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Searching for file name from a current directory stops working on sub directories. I run a Microsoft Search Fix-it program and it finds nothing wrong but does reset the search. It sometimes fixes the problem, but searches stops working shortly there after.

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Microsoft today rolled out a massive update for Windows 10 preview builds and in addition to a plethora of new features, the company also introduced a completely new icon for File Explorer.

The default file manager on Windows 10 PCs, File Explorer has been around for many years (it was previously known as Windows Explorer), but its looks and features have barely changed in the latest Windows versions.

Users, however, are still hoping for a bigger overhaul of the app and one of the main requests is support for tabs that would make it easier to work with multiple folders in a single window.

New almost-monochrome icon
In the meantime, Microsoft is working on making File Explorer better match the looks of Windows 10, so the company introduced a new icon that follows the monochrome design language used for the other icons in the operating system.

?You will notice a little bit of color still present in the icon. The design team was a bit hesitant to completely let go of the yellow because it has become such a familiar part of the File Explorer branding,? Gabe Aul, head of the Windows Insider program, explained.

?They explored a variety of different ways to keep the yellow and still match the cleanliness of the black and white Windows app icons. The new icon you see in this build is where the design team landed that is closer to monochrome, but still has the familiar shape that users recognize, and has a nod to the yellow that you see all throughout File Explorer. Let us ... Read more

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Hi!. My first post....

I just put together a new PC with decent motherboard, AMD quad CPU, 8 GB RAM, solid-state C:\ main drive, new 2 TB disk slave drive F:\, plus an older external drive G:\. I loaded Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 bit.

I have many video files (mp4, flv, mpg, mpeg & wmv). These were compiled on another computer running XP Home SP3. The problem is that I can no longer access file details, which is a huge problem. So, when I right-click a file name, hit Properties, Details, Comments, my old text notes are either missing or there is no comments field, depending on file type. I see all users have full rights, and I unchecked Read-only and Hidden File and applied to all. No change. I tried copying files to the other drives ... no change.

The mp4 files don't show my old notes in the empty Comments line. The flv files show no comments line at all. The mpg and mpeg have a blank Comments line that cannot be filled in; same for Nero VOB files. The wmv files, however, are the only ones that show the old notes in the comments line.

As for pics, the jpg files seem to have their comments intact (whew!).

If I put the external drive back on the XP machine, the comments are there. I later installed Nero 9 from their website ... no change.

Do you have any sage advice? Is there some utility software that could help me access the missing comments? I don't want to install XP as a dual boot just to see old comments. Thanks very much!!

A:Can't see my old explorer file comments from XP in Windows 7


I believe that Windows XP used some feature of NTFS called Alternate Data Streams to store text comments. This is no longer supported from Vista onwards.

The below may help you, but I have not used it myself:

Good software to handle NTFS alternate data stream in windows explorer? - Super User

Hope this helps!

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I was trying to open a particular file in Windows Explorer. I was trying to open the file that had no association with it. One of the the programs I used was Winzip. The file I was trying to open was something like kp.002 It did not open.The problem I have now is that other files I have with # .002 open with Winzip now. My question how do I get those .002 files back to "No Association" instead of the winzip association. I need the no association sow I can re-join them since the are split files.

A:Windows Explorer File Association

Click on "My Computer" then click Tools/Folder Options/File Types and delete the association in there.

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well, have lurked here off and on for a long it's my turn to request help.

Machine Info:
XP Pro SP2
Dell Inspiron E1705

Windows (file) Explorer has started crashing. It occurs after opening and browsing to any folder. AV scans are done daily and machine is clean. Unsure if related but, recent Windows Update installed 2 .net updates.

Error message = "Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close..."
The data in that error report is: AppName: explorer.exe AppVer: 6.0.2900.3156 ModName: unknown ModVer: Offset: ffff0449

Did the 'Debug" offered on that error box several times but didnt fix.

Explorer then closes. Then, Task Bar, etc. restarts fine. I'm aware that explorer.exe is more than just a file explorer, so, since it's other functions (task bar, icons, control panel, etc.) seem to work ok and the error only occurs on file browsing....Uhhh? explorer.exe corrupted?

Event Viewer error info pasted here:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Application Error
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1000
Date: 3/4/2008
Time: 11:26:05 AM
User: N/A
Computer: D5ZNB5C1
Faulting application explorer.exe, version 6.0.2900.3156, faulting module , version, fault address 0x00000000.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74 Applicat
0008: 69 6f 6e 20 46 61 69 6c ion Fail
0010: 75 72 65 20 20 65 78... Read more

A:Windows (File) Explorer Crashing

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Windows Explorer had been working fine but now it won't (1) resize to full screen, (2) paste any file anywhere or allow me to drag and drop files. This latter one also won't work on my desktop. What gives? Can I uninstall Windows Explorer and reinstall? Will the 'recovery disks' that came with the computer allow this to happen?

Also, I have a file I want to inspect, a CBS.log file, and it says I need the administrator permission to do this. How do I obtain this. I'm no dummy when it comes to computers but I cannot figure this one out on Vista.

Thanks ahead for your help.

A:Windows Explorer will not paste file(s)

[QUOTE=Racer69;1193304]Windows Explorer had been working fine but now it won't (1) resize to full screen, (2) paste any file anywhere or allow me to drag and drop files. This latter one also won't work on my desktop. What gives? Can I uninstall Windows Explorer and reinstall? Will the 'recovery disks' that came with the computer allow this to happen?

Also, I have a file I want to inspect, a CBS.log file, and it says I need the administrator permission to do this. How do I obtain this. I'm no dummy when it comes to computers but I cannot figure this one out on Vista.

Thanks ahead for your help.[/QUOTE

Hello Racer, If you open a elevated command prompt (Run as administrator) and type; findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log >%userprofile%\Desktop\sfcdetails.txt then press enter, this will create a cbs log on your desktop that you can view

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I'm getting more and more used to Windows 7. Generally I like to see everything as files and folders; I don't care to see photos as thumbnails. I like to see file name (with extension), size, date, etc. How do I do this in windows 7.


A:windows explorer: want file name not thumbnails

use details view?

File and Folder Arrangement - Change in Windows Explorer Window

Folder View - Set a Default for All Folders

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Windows XP 5.1 - How, please, can I designate that "List" will be the default for how files are viewed in Windows Explorer rather than "icon"?  Do get weary of repeatedly having to reclick, reclick, reclick .. but then, I guess, I should be so very grateful that Mr. Bill & Co know what's best for me, huh?
Many thanks.

A:Windows Explorer: File Default

First you need to go to any folder, and inside that folder, right click, and set the view you want all your folders to be(list).
Then in that same folder, on the toolbar:
click Tools
<Folder Options>
<Folder Views>
Select <Apply> to all folder views.
Click <OK>
Now all the folders will be set to the current folder options.

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hello all,

yesterday i made an mistake i can't figure out to repair again.

in the file assosiation protocol of windows i assosiated the .doc and .docx file with windows explorer, no not internet explorer, with WINDOWS EXPLORER

now i can't undo that
in the protocol list .doc and .doc files don't show up anymore

if i right click on a .doc file and try to the OPEN WITH thing, the " Always use the selected program...." field is grey,

wont let me save the assossiation...

can anyone in here help me solve this issue ?

thx in advance

A:WINDOWS EXPLORER file association

Hello Nop, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Do you have Word from MS Office installed?

You could also set the default program to open these file extensions using Default Programs and selected the exe file of the program.

Hope this helps for now,

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Is there a utility which integrates with Windows 8's File Explorer and gives tabs? I don't want dual pane. Just tabs. And I want it to integrate with Windows 8's own File Explorer preferably.

A:Tabbed file explorer for Windows 8?

Do a software search for "explorer tab utility" or get a better third-party file manager.

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I'm sure that I read somewhere that there's a simple fix that you can use to make W7 Explorer display ("explore") in the left hand panel the structure of (sub) files as the user would have come to expect (wrongly) as the default.  I was playing around in "View" without cracking it. It might have been a download if not built in. Tks for pointing me in the right direction.

A:Windows 7 Explorer - File Structure

Is this the fix you were looking for?

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I have about 5 hard drives in my system. I open File Explorer in Windows 8 and click on "Computer". All the drives show up.

I click in the box that says "Search Computer". I enter in any search term. Let's say "*.iso" to find all iso files on all my drives.

I hit enter. NOTHING happens.

In Windows 7 this used to execute a search across all my drives.

If I double click on each drive individually and put "*.iso" in the search box then it works fine.

How do I search across all my drives from the File Explorer Computer location????


A:Windows 8 File Explorer Search

You must first index, where you wish to search - Control Panel - Indexing options. When you have selected all the drives you wish to include, go into the "Advanced" tab and rebuild the index. Go and have a cup of coffee whilst this is taking plce. With your drives, it could take a while!

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A:Solved: Windows Explorer File

Its an old microsoft update temporary folder that did not get cleaned up after the update was installed, happens some times, delete it.

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Windows 10 file explorer is flashing. An image does not do it justice. Please see video at

What could be causing this?
Thank you - Marty Robbins

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Windows says it can't find the file even though it's displayed. Why? How do I fix it?

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Hi there

are there any File explorer alternatives that can group and display files / directories easily in user selectable fields - for example here I've grouped them in alphabetical order with clear demarcations between each group. (Linux -- KDE file manager Dolphin).

The standard Windows File explorer is a bit rubbish these days - especially once you start getting large directories with loads of files in them - for example Music / Audio books / other multi media etc. I'd like something like the screenshot shown above.


A:Windows (File) explorer alternatives

Check out FreeCommander XE

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Help !
I dont remember what I did, but after that my progams and applications dont launch. Some applications have no response at all and some applications will have a pop up window saying "Window can't open this File: " I was trying this way: "Go into Tools > Folder Options > File Types > New
Create EXE and associate it with File Type "Application"" but its fix only exe files. Is there some way to associate it automatically or must I make it by hands ?
thanx for help

A:No file types in the Windows Explorer

Look here:

And I think Tweak UI from Microsoft has a tool to restore file associations:

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I recently decided to update to Windows 8.1 and since then I've been having trouble with file explorer. It crashes and won't open if I click on the icon in the tool bar. I found a work around that if I right-click on it and choose something from my frequently list then it is fine but if I right click on the icon and choose file explorer it still just crashes. Once I'm in a folder, I can't right click on any file, otherwise it just crashes.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

A:Windows 8.1 File Explorer keeps crashing

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Did you just upgrade to Windows 8.1?

Are you fully up-to-date with Windows Updates and your drivers?

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I`m trying to copy and paste a video file from one folder to another. I opened the video file to check it was okay, closed it and then tried to move it but got a message "This action can`t be completed because the file is open in windows explorer"
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Anyone any ideas?

A:file open in windows explorer

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OK, here's a weird one for you:
I have a .txt file that I can see in explorer. When I try to delete it it says "could not find this item"...
It's definitely not a virus. Also no bad sectors or anything like that.
I tried deleting it in safe mode. Didn't work.
Any ideas?

A:Cannot delete file in windows explorer

Hello Bob,

You might see if the free program FileASSASSIN or Unlocker may be able to delete it for you.

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as there is shown in the picture where the mouse pointer is there is an picture in the mail put it wont show in this viewer is there any setting that can change that ? 

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I've had Windows 7 installed on my workstation a week ago and by now I think I have a fair amount of suggestions to make it better.
If you're not in the mood to read too much just scroll to the bottom.

I'm absolutely disappointed with the File Explorer, as it is now it's a tremendous annoyance to navigate, specially with the keyboard.
To begin with, when opening an Explorer window the focus goes to the right panel instead of the tree panel on the left; in XP I would Windows+E to open a window and in an instant I'd be navigating the file tree to get to the location I wanted. Now I have to make a Shift+Tab to go into the left panel.
Once in the tree (I removed Favorites, Libraries, etc... clutter), going down with the arrow keys I found that, when a folder is selected, it doesn't open on the right panel to display the contents. I have to hit Enter to do so. Now that and the Shift+Tab thing may seem like small things, but it really chaffs me to have to perform more actions to get the same result as before, not something I'd define as progress in terms of user interface.
In fact this thing was so annoying (not opening the folder contents when selected with the arrow keys) that I went looking for a way to restore it, there's a program called Classic Shell that brings that back (among other things) but it has risen some other problems.
One is that now going up and down a folder hierarchy there's some sort of lag or bouncing of the selection, it can lead to opening a different fold... Read more

A:Windows 7 file explorer, it stresses me very much.

Quote: Originally Posted by AleG

-For all that's good and holy make the "open a folder and scroll all the subfolder out the bottom of the window" feature/bug go away.

Punched a perfectly good monitor the other day because of this.


My selected folder should not jump around at all.
If it has to jump somewhere, make it jump to the TOP of the window.

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I upgraded from windows 7 home to windows 10 . Everything worked for three months. Now my File manager does not work. If I double click on a shortcut nothing happens. No messages or errors, no feedback at all. If I select File explorer from the windows 10 menu it lists recent locations, but if I click on anything once again the window closes and no feedback of any kind. To access my files I have to go though the application file search. I can  no longer add folders or improve my organization of files. Obviously it used to work so I suppose it became corrupted. What is being done to fix this, I see this is a common problem looking at the forums for microsoft, but no one has said a suggested fix worked.

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HP ENVY 27-km300s My Pc rans under WIN 8.1 64bits. 1)The Pc download all the Windows 10 and install it all.2)Afert he restart it seems all working properly instead of the file explorer that it does not work at all.If I click over the item, the display does a little move and nothing happends.3)All the other programs installed works fine, and the hardware its ok. Please ,could you help me about this problem. Thanks in advance.  

A:Windows 10 FILE EXPLORER does not work

Hello @pykot?, Welcome to the HP Forums, I hope you enjoy your experience! To help you get the most out of the HP Forums I would like to direct your attention to the HP Forums Guide First Time Here? Learn How to Post and More. I understand that your desktop computer is not showing any of the contents of the folders using the File Explorer in Windows 10. I would be happy to assist you in this matter! Does an error message appear when you click on the folders or files? Are you logged in to an administrator account, or a general user on the computer?  Please re-post with the necessary information, this way I will be able to research this further for you. I look forward to your reply!Cheers!

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I am running Windows 7 Professional and need help with file extensions names.
I hope I can explain this so you can understand!

I need my files in my folders to end with an extension such as:

All it shows now is:

If I click on "type" it does show what extension they are, but I need it to say the extension in the "Name".

I sure hope this makes sense! Thank you for any help or suggestions!

A:Need help with file name extensions in Windows Explorer

Hi Debbie and welcome to W7 Forums

The following Tutorial should be able to help: File Extensions - Hide or Show

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In past Windows versions, including 8, one could follow this MS advice...

"To change the way Windows Explorer opens (copy and paste)
one of the examples below to the target portion of a shortcut
and name it Windows Explorer.

Open Windows Explorer with My Computer as the root with
all drives visible and "My Computer" selected.
C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /e,/n,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"

(other examples followed)

In Windows 8.1 the "target" box is grayed out. File Explorer always starts with the THIS PC folder highlighted...
and I would like to change that. How?

A:File (Windows) Explorer start up in 8.1

Hello Borgus,

If you like, you could also create a new shortcut with the target location you like, pin that to the taskbar instead, then unpin the default File Explorer icon from the taskbar.

However, in Windows 8.1 Preview, the default pinned File Explorer icon on the taskbar opens to "This PC" (new name for "Computer") now.

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