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File Explorer - Right Clicking Unselected File Clears Selection

Q: File Explorer - Right Clicking Unselected File Clears Selection

Not sure if this is an annoying bug that everyone knows about by now, but I'm hoping there's a setting or registry value I've overlooked.

Here is how to reproduce and some loverly pictures.

1. Open File Explorer to a folder with multiple files and select one with left click.
2. Right click on that same file and you'll get your normal context menu.

3. However, if you right click any other folder or file besides the already selected ones, you will clear the selection and not get the context menu for the file or folder that you right-clicked on.
In previous versions File Explorer behaved rationally and a selection event was presumed when right-clicking an unselected item.

Are we out of luck until MS fixes this or is there a remedy?

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Hello there,

I have a problem with my Windows 8.1 (it's legal, not pirated) with explorer crashing randomly on selecting files or folders. There is no rule to this behavior. It may crash clicking the same file, for a couple of hours and then stops crashing. Then, crashing comes back on other files (or folders). When it crashes no error message pops up - it just closes (and all other opened explorer instances).

Here's what appears in the event viewer:

Faulting application name: explorer.exe, version: 6.3.9600.17039, time stamp: 0x53156588
Faulting module name: MSVCR100.dll, version: 10.0.40219.325, time stamp: 0x4df2bcac
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x000000000003c145
Faulting process id: 0x15e0
Faulting application start time: 0x01cfb5257ccc5b38
Faulting application path: C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\MSVCR100.dll
Report Id: c2639ab4-2118-11e4-befd-74d02bec4fc8
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:

I tried disabling shell extensions and startup processes. But with no hope.

Thanks in advance,

@Edit There is some additional information from the event viewer:

Fault bucket , type 0
Event Name: APPCRASH
Response: Not available
Cab Id: 0

Problem signature:
P1: explorer.exe
P2: 6.3.9600.17039
P3: 53156588
P4: MSVCR100.dll
P5: 10.0.40219.325
P6: 4df2bcac
P7: c0000005
P8: 000000000003c145

Attached files:

These files may be available here:
C:\Users\Asus\A... Read more

A:Explorer crashing randomly on folder/file selection

And now the same thing happens when I try to click on "Advanced system settings" in the System properties window.

Faulting application name: explorer.exe, version: 6.3.9600.17249, time stamp: 0x53e160b9
Faulting module name: MSVCR100.dll, version: 10.0.40219.325, time stamp: 0x4df2bcac
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x000000000003c145
Faulting process id: 0xff8
Faulting application start time: 0x01cfb863017a1b96
Faulting application path: C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\MSVCR100.dll
Report Id: 9b215d03-2456-11e4-bf00-74d02bec4fc8
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:

What's wrong with this Window 8?! I don't download strange files from the Internet, I have my Windows Essentials updated regularly and Windows updates installed on a daily basis. I don't even connect USB drives to my computer as I don't need them. I try not to install software where possible, instead using portable applications. And still, Windows 8 seems to be buggy as hell.

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recently my computer started having a problem, when I try to right-click on a file or even explore the C drive and click on "file" explorer crashes and says it encountered an error and has to close. Bought a program called RegCure and ran it and it did not fix the problem. What do I do next? I have Windows XP, SP2, running Norton 360. I am not a computer wiz so please help...

A:explorer.exe crashes when right-clicking on file


d/load, extract and run ShellExView ( click on the Type column to sort that column alphabetically. if you can get a screenshot please do and post here.

We just need the Extension Names with type Context Menu.

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Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
Intel i5 CPU @2.67 GHz

This problem just started recently or I only noticed it in the past week or so. When I'm in any application that launches the File Open dialog, including any browser's "Select File/Browse" button to choose a local file, when I select a file (even a small 1K file) from the dialog and the dialog closes, there is a 5 - 10 second delay before the app responds and either opens the file or in the case of a browser, displays the file name. In those 5-10 seconds, the app is non-responsive. In a browser, other fields on the form cannot be clicked or selected for the 5-10 second period -- then the selected filename appears on the form.

This happens in all 4 browsers I tried: Chrome 32, IE 11, Firefox 26, and Safari.

I also booted Windows in safe mode and the problem still occurred.

I also ran KingSoft Office Writer and selected File->Open and the same issue occurs after selecting the file -- there is a noticeable delay that wasn't previously there.

In a code editor (PSPad), opening a file does the same thing as well (hangs for several seconds after selecting the file).

Randomly during testing, (but probably < ~5% of the time) it doesn't delay and works properly.

I ran System File Checker and MS Security Essentials, but both turned up a clean machine.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this lately?


A:File Open or Choose File dialog hangs application after selection made

Figured this one out... It turns out a network attached drive was not on for some reason and I had a drive letter mapped to it. Once I turned the drive back on, the hanging symptom went away!

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I have been having a problem with Windows XP 64 Bit freezing when a file name in Explorer is double clicked. It happens with any file from any program. And it happens with files on a network as well as files on the PC's hard Drive. Actually "freezing" is not a good description. Operating in super duper slow motion then failing outright is a more accurate way to put it.

For example: I will open a folder on our network and browse to an Excel file I want to load. I double click on the name. Normally the file comes right up. However, more often than not nothing happens. After a couple minutes of waiting I have used Task Manager to discover that the "Not Responding" description is right next to Explorer's name in the "Applications" tab of Task Manager. Eventually the process will either bomb out completely and I'll get the "Send Email to Microsoft" dialog box. Or the parent application will load (in this case Excel) but without the file I selected being loaded.

And it's not just windows in Explorer. If I have an Outlook email with a Image attached, double clicking on the image name SHOULD take me right to the program associated with that file extension. However, it does the SAME thing as mentioned above.

I am running XP Professional 64 Bit with the latest updates as Service packs installed. The computer I'm using is a Dell Precision DWS490 that has an Intel Xeon CPU 3.20GHz along with 2 GB of Ram. Windows Update is set... Read more

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Reinstalled Win 7 Ultimate 64 on an SSD two days ago, and immediately installed Chrome. Twice since then, chrome had a download crash at 100% and was unable to download new files, and when I looked in the download folder there's a crashed download (eg: Unconfirmed 508279.crdownload).

The trouble is, I can't click on it. If I left click, right click or interact with it in any way (including select-all in the folder and shift-delete) explorer.exe immediately stops responding and has to be restarted. I haven't found anything via google about explorer.exe crashing when you click on a file.

In safe mode, I can click and remove it without issue, so I'm assuming it's something I've installed that has hooks into explorer, but the first instance of this happened when I was very early in the application-reinstall process. Avast, 7zip, WinRar, Dropbox and Google Drive are the primary culprits based on timing. There are other possible applications like office, and a help authoring toolsuite I use, but to my knowledge they don't hook into explorer at all, so I don't see how they could be an issue when they're not even running at the time.

Everything that is currently installed on the PC was previously installed on the same PC without this issue (same everything: the only difference is it now has more RAM and an SSD).

My powers of deduction kinda end here. Is there an easier way to identify the culprit than uninstalling things bit-by-bit and waiting to see if it strikes again? ... Read more

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Hi I'm David and I'm new to the forum so I say hi to all the other PC lovers like me out there. I have been having this odd issue with File Exlorer since I bought my PC about 1 year, 9 months ago.

Very often when I open the File Explorer and I double click on the C:\ drive icon the folder location jumps to either the Picture folder (C:\Users\David Guzman\Pictures) or to the Music folder (C:\Users\David Guzman\Music) instead of displaying the root folder files and the other folders contained in it so in order to do that I have to click once the blue back arrow (the left one) and then it gets to the root folder in the C:\ drive the way I think it should have done when I first double clicked the C:\ drive icon.

It does this all the time (very frequently) but it mostly jumps to the Pictures folder and it also does this sometimes when I'm inside another folder (any) and I double click in it to see its contents in which case I have to do the same (click the back blue arrow) in order to see the correct content.

Does anybody have a clue of why it does this? Is this some sort of Vista bug?

Other than that the OS has performed very, very well from the get go. It seldom crashes, say what some people say about Vista vs XP (and I have 3 XP PCs at home) I think that my Vista OS hasn't crashed more than 4 times since I bought it, programs crash here and there (but rarely, you know, the normal thing) but the OS has been rock solid and that is way better than the track record that my XP m... Read more

A:Problem when double clicking in File Explorer

Hello David and welcome to the forum.

First do you remember how long this has been going on, and maybe what you were doing at the time it happened. Sounds like you have done some homework on this issue.

Second if you don't have I recommend you download the free version of malwarebytes and run a full scan just to be sure, you can use this link...


Next if malware comes back fine, have you thought about doing a sfc scan to see if it will fix the problem if not here is what you need to do.

1. Click Start
2. In the search box type CMD.exe
3. Go to the top of the popup list and RIGHT click on cmd.exe and run as administrator.
4. When the command box appears type sfc /scannow notice there is a space between the sfc and the forward slash.

When it is finished doing the scan if there are any error's after the scan then run the sfc scan 3 more times as it repairs more each time you run it. Also here is a great tutorial that will give you all the information you will need...

System Files - SFC Command

After this please post back and let us know what is going on and if you need more help please let us know and we will be glad to assit you further.

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Hello. I'm new to this forum so I hope this is under the right thread. I wasn't sure it fell more under Windows 10 or virus, but I do not know if I have a virus or not so I chose Windows 10.

Anyways, whenever I right click on a file in Windows Explorer, Explorer refreshes within 5 seconds and I'm unable to click any of the context menu options in time before it disappears. I uploaded a video showcasing the problem here:

As you can see, the desktop refreshes along with Windows Explorer. I heard that if you had a slideshow background or turned on or have on "Windows automatically choose an accent color for your background", you might get problems. However, all I have already is a picture background and Windows accent color choosing off. The refreshing problem happened 5 days ago and I have never touched the apperance settings. I think it could be a virus or a context-menu problem. I hope someone can help me troubleshoot this. Thank you!

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I have W8 on a laptop and a desktop.

In File Explorer I get the normal list of options when right clicking on a partition in the laptop but it stops working when this is done on the desktop OS. (Each has multiple partitions.)

Items other than partitions all respond normally to a right click, including Computer. If this is opened in the right pane then the partitions listed there also then respond normally to a right click.

On occasions I have chosen the debug instead of closing but this has had no apparent effect; neither has running Sfc /scannow.

Is there an alternative to running the "Refresh your PC" function - this would entail the reinstall a quite a number of programs that I have added.

A:File Explorer stops working when right clicking on a partition

Do you have network drives that are not online?

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Hey all, a few days ago my Windows 8.1 File Explorer started acting weird. I can?t create a new folder, nor does double-clicking work to enter a directory. There aren?t any errors, it just doesn?t work. I AM able to create folders via the command line via mkdir though. Does anyone know how to troubleshoot this?

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Hey all, a few days ago my Windows 8.1 File Explorer started acting weird. I can’t create a new folder, nor does double-clicking work to enter a directory. There aren’t any errors, it just doesn’t work. I AM able to create folders via the command line via mkdir though. Does anyone know how to troubleshoot this?

A:File Explorer New Folder and also double-clicking problems

I would be inclined to a Windows restore to a date before this problem started, you should have a suitable restore since this only started a few days ago.
Click 'Win key + X - Control panel - Recovery - Open System Restore'. This will take you to a screen listing the most recent restore point(s). If there isn't one listed from before the date this problem started then click the button 'More restore points'. Then start the restore process. Accept the warnings about this being irreversible and let it do it, it may take 10 minutes or so - do NOT interrupt the process. When it is finished you will get a message either 'Successful' or 'Failed - no changes were made'
If it worked, try Win Explorer again. You may need to re-install any updates between the date of your restore point and now. I suggest doing them one at a time and testing Win Explorer after each one since it is possible an update caused this problem.
If the restore didn't work, then uninstall any recent updates one at a time and test again.
NOTE - A restore should not have any effect on your installed programs and data, but it is a good idea to back up your data before starting.
Chris Cosgrove

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If I right click any jpg file, it causes windows explorer to hang. I cannot open the right click menu. If I click on any other type of file, no problem. Any ideas how to fix this? I am using Windows 7, SP1 with all of the latest updates and Windows Security Essentials.

A:Windows Explorer Hangs when Right Clicking any jpg file or files

It is likely something that was installed that adds options into the context menu (Right click menu)

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I have a new (about two weeks old) Dell XPS 14 which is randomly getting BSODs, most of which occurred shortly after double-clicking on folders in file explorer. BlueScreenView blames ntoskrnl.exe, iusb3xhc.sys, iusb3hub.sys, rdwm1098.sys or some combination of those for the crashes.

The majority of crashes are 0xb8, ATTEMPTED_SWITCH_FROM_DPC. One 0xa, IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL also occurred, which I believe happened when I tried to start a YouTube video. I am not sure if this crash is related the others.

My laptop has two USB 3.0 ports, one of which is connected to a Plugable 7 port USB 2.0 hub. Attached to the hub are the following:ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U optical drive (2 ports)
Logitech Unifying Receiver
Roland UA-1G audio interface

According to Google, rdwm1098.sys is probably part of the UA-1G driver, which leads me to believe that the audio interface isn't playing nicely with USB 3.0. What I can't explain is?if this is an audio interface problem?why this only seems to happen when I open folders in file explorer. When it crashes, the navigation sound effect (click sound) does fully play before the screen momentarily goes black, then switches to the BSOD screen. My computer has no trouble playing audio through the UA-1G otherwise.

I will leave my UA-1G disconnected for now to see if the crashes go away. Unfortunately, the crashes are very irregular, so it will be difficult to tell if the change has helped.

Can anyone help me find the cause of these crashes?

A:BSOD clicking folders in file explorer, STOP 0xb8

Quote: Originally Posted by Idolon

I have a new (about two weeks old) Dell XPS 14 which is randomly getting BSODs, most of which occurred shortly after double-clicking on folders in file explorer. BlueScreenView blames ntoskrnl.exe, iusb3xhc.sys, iusb3hub.sys, rdwm1098.sys or some combination of those for the crashes.

The majority of crashes are 0xb8, ATTEMPTED_SWITCH_FROM_DPC. One 0xa, IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL also occurred, which I believe happened when I tried to start a YouTube video. I am not sure if this crash is related the others.

My laptop has two USB 3.0 ports, one of which is connected to a Plugable 7 port USB 2.0 hub. Attached to the hub are the following:ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U optical drive (2 ports)
Logitech Unifying Receiver
Roland UA-1G audio interface

According to Google, rdwm1098.sys is probably part of the UA-1G driver, which leads me to believe that the audio interface isn't playing nicely with USB 3.0. What I can't explain is?if this is an audio interface problem?why this only seems to happen when I open folders in file explorer. When it crashes, the navigation sound effect (click sound) does fully play before the screen momentarily goes black, then switches to the BSOD screen. My computer has no trouble playing audio through the UA-1G otherwise.

I will leave my UA-1G disconnected for now to see if the crashes go away. Unfortunately, the crashes are very irregular, so it will be difficult to tell if the change has helped... Read more

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I have been using Outpost Firewall Pro v2.1.303.4009 for a while now, but when I try to use an up-to-date firewall (outppost or sygate) I always have the same problems.

When I try to load or save anything (after installing the newer versions) using any program (even basic ones like notepad) I can't access the selection bar at the top of the file selection dialog. The menu is there but when I click on the button the load/save box freezes.

I know it's Outpost because when I shut it down the problem stays but when I uninstall it the problem goes, I use 2.1 and everything works fine.

I'm not very cluey with the Outpost settings so I don't know if it's a simple setting I have turn of.

I don't know it's a conflict or not, but I have noticed it seems to start when I have both new firewalls and Alcohol installed

Anyway, anyhelp would be greatfully appreciated as I gather that I should upgrade for computer security reasons lol

Have a nice Easter

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I have been using Outpost Firewall Pro v2.1.303.4009 for a while now, but when I try to use an up-to-date firewall (outppost or sygate) I always have the same problems.

When I try to load or save anything (after installing the newer versions) using any program (even basic ones like notepad) I can't access the selection bar at the top of the file selection dialog. The menu is there but when I click on the button the load/save box freezes.

I know it's Outpost because when I shut it down the problem stays but when I uninstall it the problem goes, I use 2.1 and everything works fine.

I'm not very cluey with the Outpost settings so I don't know if it's a simple setting I have turn of.

I don't know it's a conflict or not, but I have noticed it seems to start when I have both new firewalls and Alcohol installed

Anyway, anyhelp would be greatfully appreciated as I gather that I should upgrade for computer security reasons lol

Have a nice Easter

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Is it by design of W7 File Manager (File explorer) that selection is removed when clicking to Explorer right side Window column header, in order to sort by name.

For example:
1. I sort by type, clicking to type column name
2. select all jpeg files
3. I sort by name, clicking to column name and all selection is lost.

In Windows XP I used this kind of sorting for testing visually that all jpeg files have accordingly named raw file pair and after that as final step, I deleted all jpeg files.

I'm not sure, if it's an user selectable option in W7 File Manager or just incompetent file management solution.


A:W7 File Explore file selection lost

It's one more thing that is broken in Win 7 Windows Explorer. Add it to a long list.

Some of the Windows Explorer replacements still work this way. PowerDesk for sure, I just tried it. Q-Dir may, don't have it installed any more.

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Well, where to put this strange problem? XP, Office or Network Forum. All three seem to be involved somehow.

What gives?

I have a few large Excel files on
a) a share on a Win XP SP2 desktop
b) a share on a WIn Vista desktop
c) a share on a Ubuntu 6.06 desktop

When i mean large, i mean ~75Mb

When i work on my laptop (Win Xp SP2, 1Gb Ram, 1,86 GHz), i can access all shares just fine. But when i right click such a large Excel file on the XP or Vista computer and click 'Properties', my laptop becomes unresponsive for about a minute. Then, at last, the properties are shown. In the Taskmanager, on the LAN tab, it shows that my LAN connection is swamped at 70% for a whole minute. Sniffing the network traffic learns that the entire contents of the file is being transferred through the network to my laptop!
Just to see the properties...

However, when i right click the same file on a Ubuntu share, the properties come up instantly.

When i right click other large files on the XP/Vista shares (like *.iso of *.avi files), bingo, properties pop up instantly.

When i right click the large Excel files on the Xp/Vista share from a Win 2003 server (without office installed), voila, properties show up instantly.

So why is the whole Excel file transferred by just right clicking it for properties?
I'm convinced this behaviour adds to slow file share performance in general. For example, if i want to copy such a large excel file form the XP or Vista share, it takes 10... Read more

A:Right clicking a large Excel file in a network share makes the entire file being sent

sounds to me like your computer doesn't have much ram.

how much ram does your computer have?

Christian Dude

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when i right click on mozilla on my desktop to choose open
i see its missing from there
also when i right click on .mp3 files the option " Enqueue in Winamp" is also missing
i have selected enqueue option in winamp preferences
i just dont remeber when did this problem started
i tried system restore but didnt help
please help
i attached pics of the problem
help will be appreciated please


A:right clicking on exe file or link file some context menu missing

please help guys..........

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I am using the "Windows 7 Basic" theme (with some modifications), but I find the selection colors difficult to distinguish in file explorer windows.

Hovering on a file is a light blue, clicking on a file is a slightly darker blue. There have been a number of instances where I accidently dropped a file into a folder because I had selected it by accident.

Is there any way to change the colors of the file selections (without changing the theme)?

A:Change file "selection" colors in explorer windows?

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I'm trying to do things like select multiple files (or folders), paste a file, or create a new file/folder but if I click anywhere on the line, it selects the file as if I was clicking on the file name. It means I have to click in a blank area (outside of a column or line) to do any of this stuff and it's very annoying.

Windows XP only selected the file if I clicked on the file name; how do I get this functionality in Windows 7?

A:Clicking anywhere on file line selects file

Hello dhinged and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might consider trying select using a check box instead to see if that may work better for you for this.

Hope this helps,

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I have my W7 set to select with one click, as opposed to the 'standard' two clicks. The problem I'm having is when I'm saving a new file, I click through the folders to get to where I want to save my file, and when I click into the final folder, which already has some files in it, the name of the file I'm about to save changes to the name of the first file in that folder. I think this is because of the one-click setting... in effect it's one-clicking the first file in the folder, thereby changing my about-to-be-saved file to its name.

Does anyone know how to fix this?

A:One-click selection changes file name

I'm on one click and don't have the same issue. Are you sure your not inadvertently highlighting the first file, as moving your cursor across files in your destination folder will rename the file you're trying to save to the same as the one highlighted.

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I am having trouble with a users machine. It keeps selecting multiple files in a explorer window. Also on the desktop. Once it starts it will not unselect the files.
Is there some settings I am missing or that can be set?

I would appreciate any help you have to offer.


Will Thien

A:Multiple file selection

Hello Wil, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if using check boxes to select items can help for now to allow you to work in it.

Does clicking on a empty space in the window not unselect them?


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When I hold my left mouse button and try to highlight text or select multiple programs it usually glitches out cancels and re-enables my highlight again. It is extremely annoying since when I want to select deselects the first part and selects the other one leaving my text/program half highlighted. I think I have a virus of some kind but I did a full PC scan with avira and It hasn't found anything. I would appreciate any help. This issue is extremely annoying. Thanks.


For some reason I suspect it might have something to do with my mouse going out. Reason why I think that is when I play gta IV and spray with MG it sometimes randomly stops fireing and then starts again. Do you think it is possible ? This issue started like 2 days ago.

A:Text/file selection glitches

Do you have a wired mouse or wireless mouse/ brand...
If you have a spare wired mouse to test with it would be the best way to test,
There are some fairly inexpensive ones.
But games are pretty tough on mice/ repeat actions.

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let's say I have multiple files with different filename lengths displayed in Details view mode, e.g.


In XP in Detail view, I could drag my mouse over the longer bits of the filenames to multi-select only those files (i.e. filename2 and filename4).

In 7 however, mouse drag automatically selects the entire line, so basically it forces me to select all four files.

Is there a way for me to restore the XP mouse drag function? I am already aware of the checkbox option which is not feasible when I have several hundred files.

A:Multiple file selection question


No way in Details mode, but if you select List instead, you can do that.

Good luck!


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Hi All

Although I have this problem primarily with gmail, I think the question belongs here since it's a selection window that (I think) comes from Windows XP.

My problems is this: Pretty much every time I want to attach a file to an email, it's a file that I've only just modified. So, when I click on Attach File then Browse, the 'Details' view would be best, sorted by 'Last Modified', but what I get instead is the List view - i.e. it doesn't remember my previous choice.

Is there a tweak to make the "browse" window always open with Details/Sort by Date Modified?

I'm happy for this to be the default in any context. Nine times out of ten I want the most recently worked-on docs in other applications too.

Thanks in advance.

A:Defaults for file selection dialogs

Interesting that no one knows this. I would have thought that a registry key or maybe a switch or whatever would have controlled it.

I'll bump it up once for further consideration.

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You can no longer sort the contents of a file listing in Windows Explorer, keeping a selection of files made in the previous sort order.
If this is a bug I would like to know, than I will report it appropriately, otherwise - if it is "by design" - I would like an explanation, why this function was removed.
As I see it, sorting has to be possible with the selection of files kept intact.
Searching the net I find many people being upset that this is not possible in Windows 7. I used it all the time at work, on my XP machine. I used to select all dll-files in a certain folder, and then sort by "Date modified", which resulted in a
list of files sorted by date, and with the appropriate files selected. This was an easy way to find out which dll files had changed last in our development environment - just sorting by date makes a lot of other files, such as log files and debug files appear
in between the dll files.
Below is another call for this. This user's request was made in another part of MS forum and the  (so called) answer was just a link referring to this place, indicating that the user should put his question here instead, so I take the liberty of putting
his text here as well:
One of my most common ways of working when copying, moving or deleting multiple files using Windows Explorer is (using details view) to sort by one method (for example, by time), select some file, then change sort to another method (for example, by type)
and select... Read more

A:Sorting with selection kept in Windows Explorer - Why is selection reset when sort order is changed in Windows Explorer?

This is by design.
If you have any suggestion or concerns, please contact Feedback Team via the following link:

You can also post your feedback or comments on
Feedback Forum.
Thanks for your suggestion again.
JPlease remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ?

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All of a sudden after turning on my Win7 based notebook this morning, when I select a folder or file with the left mouse button in Windows Explorer, all folders and files from the first to the one being pointed at will be selected. The files & directories stay selected. Double clicking will attempt to open the lot. Very annoying behaviour.

It's as if the first item is automatically selected and someone is holding the shift key down.

Right click on the desired item gets me out of trouble. ANy selected files are deselected and I can then use right click option menu's Open item.

Any ideas of how to fix this short of re-installing WIndows7?

A:Strange multiple file selection Behaviour

Hi Guiguy and welcome to the Forum. You might want to look in Explorer and make sure you have not turned on "Group By". It should normally be set to "none". Give it a try and let us know.

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In some windows the items are selected with rectangles, in others - with colorizing, like in WinXP:

How to make the style everywhere the same? I would prefer the XP style.

A:Selection style in different file manager windows is different

What file manager?
Some have a means of changing this, others do not.

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I am having an issue where occasionally, when attempting to click an icon or file in a folder or on the desktop, I instead get stuck with the "expandable selection box". I am referring to the box that comes up that's size you control with your mouse which allows you to select multiple items (anything within the box is selected).

I am using Win 7 x64. This doesn't happen always or even very often, however it pops up frequently enough when I am moving a lot of files around. At first I assumed I must be clicking the space just beside the text/icon, but upon evaluating it today I have noticed it even occurs when I am directly over the icon or file text.

Solutions? Thanks!

A:When I click an icon or file, I get the expandable selection box.

No one is familiar with this problem?

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I have been searching for a freeware duplicate file finder whereby, I can select a folder to make the finder select any duplicates from there, rather then selecting hundreds or thousands of files individually.

Most finders find the dups, then just give me a list and I must select each file. Way too much work.

I found one called "AntiTwin" that has this feature, and that part works well, but other bugs essentially make it useless as it does not find all the duplicates.

Further, AntiTwin does not delete the empty folders after it has removed all files from it.

Does anyone know of any other freeware duplicate file finders that has these features?

Thanks, Mark.

A:Duplicate File Finder with folder selection

Have you looked at this one?

Find duplicate files with Auslogics Duplicate File Finder

If you try it, do a custom install and deselect the Speed Booster program.

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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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I recently had to do a system restore and now my .jpg and jpeg files have a bad file icon. They still do open with the windows pic program as I want them to - but only on the admin accout, I usually surf and play and do everything else with a user account, and even if I reset everything under folder options for the file associacions it somehow doesn't apply to the other account.
The funny thing is that windows tells me in the file association menu that I changed the file association's properties and can set them back to standart "photo suite 6" - a program that I uninstalled ages ago ... can I somehow set this back to the normal winxp picture and fax displaying thing?

A:File opens with wrong program, bad file icon in explorer view

problem solved...

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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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Anytime I drag a file(s) in a folder window, a translucent, oversized icon follows the mouse pointer, partially obscuring up to 4 nearby items.

Can this effect be disabled? I'm sure somebody at MS thought it was slick idea, but it just gives me a headache. I haven't found a setting that controls it -- maybe I'm looking in the wrong spot. (Am guessing, while this isn't an "animation" per se, it's in the same general category.)

Thanks a ton for any clues.


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Basically the title. Almost every single time i move ANY file or delete any file, the window im in freezes and the progress bar freezes. Now when i create a new folder the window im in freezes also, but i'd say its only 50% of the time. The temporary solution i found was to go to the task bar, end explorer, and restart it using run. Now when i check back on that folder, whatever action I did (ie delete file) does do what i wanted, its just the freezing. I'm looking for a permanent solution to this and any insight would be greatly appreciated.

A:Create New folder, move file, delete file. Explorer Freeze

Hi erod49, try looking in your error logs. You have given a good discription of the problem. Tel us your system specs as well.

To get into your error logs,

Left Click on Start Menu.
Right click on Computer and choose manage.
Click on the event viewer.
You now have loads of options to try and pin down what is happening.
Expand the error tab.
Look for things in the last 24 hours.

Other things to look for are updates, has an update caused this. Has your computer autoupdated any of the motherboard drivers.
Have you tried to restore the computer before the error started or has it always been like that.

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In windows Explorer files of the extention .avi will have an icon that is that little film strip with a screen shot from the video file. Matroska files (.mkv) only show a generic icon in explorer? How can i fix this so that the Matroska file will show the screen shot from the video file as is does with avi files in windows explorer? I have Home Premium? Thanks:)

A:Matroska File to show screen shot as icon like an avi file does in explorer

I wrote a similar post about mov files in here
Have a quick read at it (to understand what you're doing and why it's the way it is), then grab some matroska directshow filters. There's a list here:

P.S: Keep in mind the filter sparses the mkv file only (aka the container), it does not decode the audio or video stream inside of it. If you're only getting a filter but can't see the video, it would be because you're missing the codec (compressor-decompressor) for the video stream. I'm mentioning it because mkv files are usually encoded using codecs for which the avi container is not suitable (for example H.264 or AC3). If that's the problem, be sure to get codecs too (for example ffdshow-tryouts for H.264, or AC3filter for AC3).

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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

Hi,Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.Please subscribe to this topic, if you haven't already. You can subscribe by clicking the Options box to the right of your topic title and selecting Track This Topic.

Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.

Please reply to this post so I know you are there.The forum is busy and we need to have replies as soon as possible. If I haven't had a reply after 3 days I will bump the topic and if you do not reply by the following day after that then I will close the topic.Once I receive a reply then I will return with your first instructions.Thanks

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Hi there,
my problem is pretty simple, when i select a groupe of file with shift on my desktop,
the selection act like a folder with icon display setting (well it's what the desktop folder is i agree ). It select them from left to right and line to line.

But i want the old selection style back (xp), like a folder with list display setting, so i can select a column of files on the left of my screen without taking those that are on the top right with the selection.

Thanks for help.

A:Multiple file selection on desktop (act like icon and not like a list)

Hello Tempo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could use the check box feature to be able to randomly check the ones that you want to select.

Select Items with Check Boxes

Hope this helps,

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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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Here's some weird behavior... when I use an "open file" dialog box, and go to select a file, after a half-second or so, the cursor jumps back to the drop-down list at the top. After that, it's fine. Very annoying.

It's not the mouse or keyboard hardware. Why? Because it also happens when I VPN into the machine from a remote site.

OS is WinXP Pro with SP2.

Thanks for your responses.

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Is it possible to create a .vbs script that will automate the following steps?(Right-click on desktop)PersonalizeDesktop BackgroundClear AllSelect AllSave changes
The script when run would automatically select all the files in the (already-designated) desktop image folder.

Ideally it should run in Win7 as well as in Win8.


A:Automate Desktop Backround Slide Show file selection?

Hi, Welcome to EightForums,

Once you have done that once manually doesn't it remember?
What's the scenario that you need this for?


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Hi there ,

I've been struggling trying to find out how I can change the Selected File color , in File Explorer since

I switched to Windows 8. Looks like it's now a setting in the registry under control panel - colors -

and have to enter values manually ???

I am sick of the always blue-ish selection color when selecting multiple file in Detail view and or

thumbnail view , it's so HARD to see what's selected in this Powder blue color.

Please if anyone can assist in help me with this , much appreciated .

Thank you


A:Color change select file in file explorer , don't like Blu

Hello honsbeek.

If you like, the selected file color can be changed in high contrast mode from personalization.

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It just keeps opening file explorer over and over again and I'm wondering how to disable this.

A:I have a file explorer autorun file that loops and i can't get it to stop

You need to provide a lot more information. Please explain EXACTLY what is happening and what led up to it.For now, I'm moving this out of the malware section until we understand precisely what your problem is.

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Hello Everyone,

I have kind of an odd question, I have been looking into changing file type icons when I came across an interesting conflict.
I would like to be able to change the file type icon for all .exe files to the same file type icon within a file explorer. If you were to try to do this, all icons that are associated with each .exe program becomes the same icon no matter where they are located.

The thing is that usually when I am in a file explorer the .exe files are installers and when I have .exe files in places like on my desktop, in the start menu, and in the taskbar, they are for launching already installed programs.

Can anyone think of a possibly way that could solve this conflict easily with some kind of setting or software.

I thought maybe something with shortcuts but that turned out to not work for me.
I also believe that .ico icon files have multiple sizes within them but I don't think there would be a realistic way to edit each of them for all the programs installed.

Has anyone else ever tried something like this? or have any solutions that I am not aware of?
Thank You

A:Changing .exe File Type Icons In File Explorer But Nowhere Else

File Explorer is on Windows 8/8.1, renamed from Windows Explorer on Windows 7 back to Windows95/Windows NT4.

Usually an .exe file for running a program will have its own icon, right-click a Shortcut, Properties, Change Icon to see what the .exe file has in it. Some programs may have a separate icon in their Folder in C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files (x86). If no icons are found Windows will put up a panel with a number of choices but they are more generic, mostly for Windows things.

Installable .exe files will have more of a generic icon and are of only a few types.

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On attempting to open a couple of items in Documents, I got back the error box: ' The requested operation requires elevation'. What does that mean? robinpe

A:Attempting to open a file in 'Documents' in 'File Explorer

It means Windows does not think you have the authorization to open that file. Try right clicking on it and selecting Open as Administrator.

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Is there some way to tell W8.1 File Explorer to stop trying to refresh the folder information? I have a folder with hundreds of MP4 files stored on a WD MyBook 4TB. As I try to add more files to the MyBook it takes 4 times longer that is did at the start when there were only a few files in the folder. All I get is the green bar showing what the status of the refresh is and it never finishes while I'm adding more files to the folder. The file transfer rate went from 140 MB's to ~40 MB's. Am I missing something obvious again? Help appreciated.

A:File Explorer Keeps Refreshing and slows file transfers

Have you tried disabling thumbnail previews?

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Thank to 5532g

My question about font style and size did not work.
i am already on large size ( ie:14 max)

it still to small and strenghteneous for my eyes.

i have previously done all the possibilities (obviously I did miss one).

Other ideas will be much appreciated.

A:File explorer(file manager)font size

Please do not post duplicates. You have replies here:

Make all posts regarding this matter in that thread. This one is closed.

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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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when on file explorer, you could go to a file in the current folder by pressing its first character, for example if i pressed "r" it selected the readme.txt file
this behaviour has changed now on my windows 8.1 , it starts using the search function

is there a way to go back to the previous behaviour? i'm not sure if this happened because of an update, or after i used my account on a windows 10 machine

A:file explorer: typing now searchs instead of going to file

See the Search hilighted in the Ribbon. Microsoft is updating the search function on 8, because not all devices can run 10.

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I have a lot of music files. I have ended up with many duplicates, perhaps because when I was learning Windows I didn't quite understand the filing system. To date, I am not sure I do! The column # which states the 'Track Number' which to me is undesirable (I have no use for it), seems to be my problem! When there is a track number - it seems to put it first before all else in the 'Title', namely before the title of the song or the name of the Band.... thereby sorting instead of the title of the song, it sorts by the Track number. Even if I change the defaults and take out the Track # column, it doesn't seem to make a difference when sorting - it still insists on sorting by Track number. The only way I can change this, it seems, is by going into each and every individual file property and physically changing this! I hasve already put many hours into this, and it still seems to be an overwhelming job! Is this not what computers are for, to make life easier.

A:File Explorer Folder and File Options

I would look for a free audio file tag editor. Many will process in batch mode. I haven't used one in a few years so I am not up on the current features. You might find comparisons of the utilities in places like or just search on "best free Windows tag editor". I have a nice sort tool called Fat Sorter but it only works on FAT partitions. The idea being to force a USB stick to sort according to file name. I don't know if there is a similar utility for NTFS.

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I've got the very same probem as wildrico2.
Its very annoying, the computer is running fine until I right-click a file on the desktop or whatever and it just seizes up. The only way I get it back is to ctrl-alt-del then end 'drwatson32.exe' and it returns it back to normal, but the right-click problem still exists.

I've ran an Ad-Aware SE and its got rid of a couple of things but the problem still exists.
Im downloading the SpyBot Search & Destroy.

Can someone please help me with this...its infruriating!


A:Right Clicking on a file crashes XP

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In Windows XP when you double click on My Computer and then do the same , say, on C: I get a number of folders and files. If I now right click on one of the files (or folders) I get a list of things I can do to the file such as:
Run as ...
Scan with AVG Free
Erase Beyond Recovery
Compress and email ...
Sweep for Spyware
Create shortcut

What I'm getting at is this. Can I alter this list? For example, can I add

Scan with Avira AntiVir

since this is another virus scanner I have.


A:Right-clicking a file in 'My Computer'

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For some reason when I right click an object (Such as My Computer or Recycling bin) My cmoputer displays a werid option that says


Now I've already Scaned my computer with a Virus scaner and a Spyware scanner, and it didn't find anything, It did early though find something before the werid Javascript thing started appearing.

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This just happened like an hour ago, whenever I double click or press ENTER on a *.zip file, it will pop up the "Search Result" window for me, it will not open the zip file for me and show me the files in the zip file. Now, I had to right click on any of the ZIP files, then choose "Open" inorder for me to view the files in the zipped file.
Can anyone help me fix this problem?
Thank you

A:Double clicking on ZIP file problem

try reinstalling Winzip & if that fails, go to file associations (if i remember correctly, in the folder options located under control panel) and make sure that *.ZIP files are to be opened by winzip.

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I am getting this problem from last few months.

Here are the symptoms in detail:

1. When icons are clicked, they are asked to be deleted. A pop-up window appears multiple times, maybe 20-50 times, asking if you want to delete a the particular icon you clicked. the obvious option would be "no", so you click no multiple times as well. I sometimes use task manager to just close all of them at one go.

2. When I do open the task bar, whatever I click on that, even without clicking end process, is automatically closed. With processes, it asks to end process immediately. But when I do try to end that particular process, another window pops-up saying error.

3. In any program that I use, say microsoft word or excel, it auto-deletes wherever the cursor goes. Say you have one line on an word file, one sentence, if your click in the middle of the sentence, it autodeletes everything that comes after.

4. I use Autocad and that delete thing is also there. The moment I click on any drawing, it automatically deletes it without any command.

5. Lastly, in browsers, when I type anything into the address box, even to search, it's fine. However, when I try to type in the search box,there every letter will have a space, or maybe even more.

This is really annoying. I've tried malwarebytes, microsoft security essentials, etc., all listed above, none worked. What did happen is it worked with Malwarebytes for a while (I had to clean everytime I used my computer). But af... Read more

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Hu guys,

I need help on this topic. I have never realised my current winXP has problems opening .bat file. When I click on such file, all it shows was a new window (something that look like DOS window) but as soon as it opens, it closes fast too. In effect, nothing is being run or activated (if that the correct words to use). I have downloaded some programs that required .bat file and because of this I can't run them.

Is there anything wrong with my system? It is currently Windows Xp home edition version 2002, SP2.

A:Nothing Happened when clicking on .bat file on WinXp

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Hey guys I think i got some malware on my computer but i'm not sure and i haven't been able to find any info on my problem so i'm glad i found this forum.
Every time i click on a file of shortcut or anything I get the Error box where you can choose to send the error report in or not. AppName: explorer.exe AppVer: 6.0.2600.0 ModName kernel32.dll is the error msg i get. I ran Hijackthis but i'm unsure of what to remove and what to leave alone. Any Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0
Scan saved at 3:38:47 PM, on 1/4/2005
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security 2005\pccguide.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\PestPatrol\ppRemoteService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\TRENDM~1\... Read more

A:Solved: Right Clicking on a file crashes XP

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hi's my problem, when i right-click a file, it includes items like Convert to MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, VQF can i delete those items? hope to hear from u guys..thanks

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:06:23 AM, on 12/10/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\TGTSoft\StyleXP\StyleXPService.exe
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\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\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
D:\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
D:\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
C:\WINXP\system3... Read more

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whenever i try to right click any file, i always encounter this error:

Error signature
App name: Explorer.exe
Mod Ver: 5.1.2600.6055
App Ver: 6.1.2900.5512
Offset: 00036822

this is so annoying, i cannot copy files because explorer always closes itself. Need help here.

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Whenever I right click on a file in Windows Explorer, the following error always occurs "The specified module cound not be found. C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe Version Cue CS4\Client\4.0.1\VersionCue.dll" and the app closes when you exit out the message.

However I can right click on say Libraries okay.

A:Fatal Application Exit when right clicking on a file

Appears that CS4 is creating an issue here.

See if updates are available for CS4 - Adobe - Latest Product Updates

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i have this weird problem when inside file explorer, if you right click on a file or folder, the system refreshes(kinda, i guess)

ran ccleaner,but didn't help.

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Hi all,

Every time I right click on a file or shortcut, the Windows installer dialogue pops up with "preparing to install". I've spend hours cleaning off redundant files, running scans and generally cleaning up. I've reinstalled the Windows Installer, and run a repair install of XP home SP2, only to arrive at the conclusion that the installer was damaged by spyware at a point when it tried to uninstall a program which placed an entry on the right-click properties menu, and didn't uninstall it correctly. Now every time I right-click, the menu is referencing a registry value which prompts the Windows installer to start because it can't find the now-uninstalled program. Or that's my take on it.

CCleaner has tidied up the registry as much as it can, but Registry Mechanic then found 571 issues. Of course, being crippleware, it won't fix them.

I'd like to know if I can go manually go through the registry issues highlighted by Registry Mechanic and delete them without utterly destroying the system, or whether my OEM installation disk is capable of wiping the registry, i.e. a fresh install. If I go for the second option, would it be easier to wipe the HD with the Seagate "write zeroes to drive" feature, and reinstall afresh with the OEM XP CD.

Any comments or help greatly appreciated.

A:Windows installer starts on right clicking any file

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Some time ago, I was edited the Windows XP registry so that, in Windows Explorer, files with unknown extensions would be opened with a text processor capable of displaying files in hex. This proved to be a bad idea for large files, because of time wasted before opening by the application could be gracefully aborted. I know the registry change involved either or both of HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.* and HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-..._Classes\*, but I don't know what to change them back to.

I'm fairly ignorant of the structure of the registry and would be grateful to anyone who can point me to any helpful information.

A:Double-clicking on a file name with unknown extension

registry info,no sure if it has the info you need but worth a look i guess,or try for info on changing registry to do what you done back when you changed the registry and forgot to make a backup of it or the keys you altered

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I can no longer double-click on a text file using Windows Explorer to open it. Even if I right-click and say "Open With", and then choose NotePad or Word Pad, it just does nothing. I can, however, open the files if I open them through NotePad or WordPad. This started happening after I was hijacked. With the help of Tech Support Guy Forums I got rid of the intrusion, but double-clicking still wont open my files. I am running Windows XP.

A:Cannot Open Text File w Double-Clicking

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I was trying to make some changes to7-Zip file associations and have managed to lose the ability to open a 7-Zip file (with a .7z extension) by double clicking it with the left mouse button.

All other operations work fine. I can open a file from the main program. I can right click it to get into the 7-Zip context menu and open it, either directly, or by using "open with" (which tells me that the default program is 7-Zip). I can extract files from a 7-Zip archive. In other words I can do everything except open a 7-Zip file by double clicking it. If I do this the program hangs and the little round circle flickers rapidly. The only way to stop this is to log off and log back on.

If I go to Control Panel -> Default Programs -> 'Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program' there is no sign of a .7z extension. However, there is a .z extension associated with 7-Zip and if I change the .7z extension to .z on a file I can now open it with 7-Zip by double clicking.

I have also tried uninstalling and reinstalling the 7-Zip program, to no effect.

So, is there any way to get my double click back?

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Hi guys;

I'm working on my final year project and I need your help. I'm trying to open a word document from a VB application. I'm using a fileListBox. I want the file to open in Word when dblClicked. How can it be done?

A:(VB) Open file by double clicking in the fileListBox

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Hi. I am having a problem with WMP. When I click a song to play on my computer usualy wmp opens up and plays the song, however it will not open any more when I double click a file. What I have to do is right click and select "open with" to play a file. Also I right clicked on my media files and went in to properties and selected the files to open with WMP but still no luck.

I'm runing windows xp home sp3.

A:Problem: WMP does not open when clicking a media file

Go to Windows Explorer and Tools/Folder Options/File Types scroll down to the type of media file you are trying to open (MP3, WAV etc) and click the Change button and choose WiMP to be the default for opening that file.

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Hi. I just gone through this post and I was hoping someone can help me? I was looking at a website at work with a .do file extension and I decided it save the file, and open it in Dreamweaver to view its source code. Now, whenever I go to that website with a .do extension and click on a link, it prompts me to save it instead. I have tried this with Firefox, IE and Opera and none of my browsers choose to open the webpage.

I went into the registry and deleted the .do keys I could find and this hasn't worked. I also ran a system restore for the day before the incident, and that hasn't worked either.

Can someone help me please? I've been looking into this for 2 days!!

A:Issue with a website and clicking on a link for a .do file

That kind of file is intended to be executed server side by a J2EE runtime. See Understanding Struts Controller.

To make them work again you may want to review the settings at Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations. Just a thought!

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Hi all
So I'm not very computer savvy and have long past given up on trying to answer my own questions on google, so now I am here. Please excuse my dumbness!

My issue is my file explorer is in jumbo size, full screen, all up in my face kinda action and whenever I try to minimise the screen size it curls up into a little box in the top left, blinks a bunch of times and then crashes. I'm sure someone must have delt with this in the past (or at least I hope)

It looks a just like this, with lots of blinking..

Me think it broke?

Sorry, I should say that happens when resizing, not minimising.

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Hi all
So I'm not very computer savvy and have long past given up on trying to answer my own questions on google, so now I am here. Please excuse my dumbness!

My issue is my file explorer is in jumbo size, full screen, all up in my face kinda action and whenever I try to minimise the screen size it curls up into a little box in the top left, blinks a bunch of times and then crashes. I'm sure someone must have delt with this in the past (or at least I hope)

It looks a just like this, with lots of blinking..

Me think it broke?

A:File explorer, or file exploder?

Sorry, I should say that happens when resizing, not minimising.

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Good MOrning,

I am facing a problem to delete a file.
The file stay in use for explorer.exe even after finish the action.
The application works like this:

1.exe opens file 2.exe and close file file 1.exe
this is necessary for our needs.
When I close the file 2.exe it verify if the file 1.exe is the most recenty version with the server, if not , it is replaceded for a new one file 1.exe.
The new file is not been copied because the file 1.exe ( old ) keep in use for the explorer.exe, if I end the explorer.exe proccess, the copy of the new file occurr normally.
Someone knows how to clean the files in use for the explorer.exe ?
the proccess have to be automatic, I already tried some options over the internet without success.
Sorry for my bad english.
Thanks in advance

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In the Office application Excel, when I click on a file, the application opens but the file does not. I can do file/open and the file will open and Excel works fine. Can anyone help. Thx

A:Excel - Double Clicking file wont open it

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First time poster here! I am helping a user of ours in Atlanta who is having odd behavior with MS Word 2003 and Excel. Detect&Repair also causes application crash. Anything stand out in this log?Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:18:29 PM, on 9/13/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\WLTRYSVC.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Cisco\CSAgent\bin\CSAControl.exeC:\Program Files\Cisco\CSAgent\bin\leventmgr.exeC:\Program Files\LANDesk\Shared Files\residentagent.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\inetinfo.exeC:\Program Files\LANDesk\LDClient\LocalSch.EXEC:\WINDOWS\... Read more

A:Word / Excel Crashing When Clicking File->open

Hello and welcome to BC.Sorry for the delayed reply. Nothing suspicious in the log.

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My laptop crashes when left/right clicking any large movie file over 6GB. I've been having this problem for a while and it's incredibly frustrating having to power my laptop off each time. It happens on both my C: Drive and external HD

Things I've tried:

CC Reg Cleaner + General Cleanup
Malwarebytes Scan
sfc /scannow
dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
chkdsk c: /f /r

I've also run ShellExView and disabled non microsoft context menu handlers one by one.

Any help would be much appreciated


A:Laptop Crashes When left/right clicking a large file

I posted this 3 weeks ago and still haven't resolved the issue. The problem occurs even without clicking - just hovering over the file briefly with the cursor is enough to make my computer crash. Any help would be much appreciated

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I am using window 7 starter. When I click on a folder or a file, suddenly without my request a delete to the recycle bin prompt pops up. The folder or file does not open up at all. I had to use the Window Task Manager to end the task and close all the many delete prompts that came up.

Please help me how to fix this problem.

Awaiting in anticipating.


A:Delete Folder / File appears when clicking on item

Hi Joe,

That's a strange one! Have you restarted the PC since it started doing this?

Did you make any changes or install anything before this started happening? You could try a "system restore" and roll back a day or two until before it started happening?

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i am pretty unfamiliar with Vista, and am servicing a friend's computer. When i click on an icon on the desktop, or a file in winExplorer, a little box with a check mark appears. Explorer puts buttons on its menu bar for actions, or i can select actions by right clicking on the file, or icon. But double clicking does not run/open the file...

i have not seen this 'check box' behavior and i dont like it. Windows is reporting a problem with a program called TuneUp, but after looking it up on WikiP i dont think it is responsible. i imagine it can be solved in 'settings' or 'congfiguration', but where?...

regards... gimpel

A:Solved: strange (to me)... double clicking does not run/open file...

control panel>folder options, see attached I like the single click option..

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This is a follow up from my earlier post . Any help from anyone would be greatly appreciated!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.3
Scan saved at 2:17:44 PM, on 11/1/2003
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v5.00 (5.00.2920.0000)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Utilities\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SymTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Mouse\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
C:\Program Files\InterVideo\Common\Bin\WinCinemaMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Share... Read more

A:Hijackthis file for computer that keeps shutting down when clicking links

don't duplicate

please keep it in the same thread it's easier to help you

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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'm facing this problem and unable to resolve it. When I double click on my drive volumes(C:\,E:\....) & other file folders in My computer Window it doesn't open instead shows windows search options but when I right click on the volume (C:\,E:\...) or the folders and select open then I'm able to open the it. Please help me, I'm totally irritated by this problem.

Thanking You,
Saif Samir.

A:Cannot open drive volumes & file folders by double clicking on them

Hi, and welcome to TSF. The problem you have is not uncommon and MS has a fix for it here.

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im having a problem when trying to open files. for example adobe reader. file, open, then a window should appearf or me to select a file to open. but its not. also when i open control panel and click on uninstall a program no window appears. is it possibly a settiing that needs to be changed or something more.
any help would be great. thank you.

A:clicking file then open is not opening a window to select files

Hello gzaz, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If this just recently started to happen, then you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this started may be able to undo and fix this for you.

Hope this helps,

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I'm posting this question for my brother who is a computer-noob.
Somehow his laptop running XP seems to have been infected by a virus, although Norman AV does not find a virus.
Problem: everytime he doubleclicks on an icon this seems to be interpreted as a delete command. He gets a question "Do you really want to move this file/shortcut to the recycle bin" Answering No does not close the window. This also happens when he opens outlook (via mouse-menu open option) on downloades messages, double click within outlook on a message deletes the message instead of opening it.
Does anybody know a virus that can cause this behaviour?

A:double clicking an icon every time tries to delete file/shortcut

If he has an infected system...he needs to consider posting here at BC, in the appropriate malware - Am I infected What do I do - That's the best advice I can think of for a known infected system.Louis

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i use firefox 3.6 browser; whenever i click on a pdf document on the web, i always get a "server busy" error; switch too or retry screen... if i wait a minute or click retry a minute, it will eventually go away... but annoying

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Hi All

I am using Excel 2013 on a windows 7 professional

when I am going to an excel file location via Explorer, and double click on the file I get the following error

" There was a problem sending the command to the program"

I have tried un-register and register excel, no good

I have unpinned and re pinned program to the main screen, no good

I have also tried to uninstall and re install excel, no good

When I am using file/open it works, however I need the feature of double clicking

can anybody please recommend what shall i do?



A:Solved: Double clicking on excel file generates an error

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I'm using Win7 Home Premium 64-bit, and I'm using the program Expressit 3.1 to create my CD labels.

I downloaded it from here:
exPressit SE - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

Now, the files it creates, of which I have several made using its previous version, 3.0, are suffixed .exp. I have set my Win7 installation so that ExpressIt is the default program to open these files. Double-clicking an .exp file should therefore open that CD label in the ExpressIt program.

However, when I double-click an .exp file, the ExpressIt program does not open so that I can work with the file. If I run the ExpressIt program first, then 'Open' the file from within the program, it all works fine. (The problem with this 'workaround' is that when going to Open the file, its default directory is nowhere near the directories containing my .exp files and takes ages to browse to, so I don't want to do it like that).

So, is there some sort of setting I have missed out that prevents the program running when I double-click the .exp file icons? Or is there a tweak I can use?

A:Running a default program by double-clicking file icon

When you selecz the default program use the browse button to locate any other .exe files in the expressit directory, and see if it works.
I can be the problem, that the .exe that you have associated the file extensio with is just an app laucnher exe and not the main software, which can hadle the files.

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When I click on anything in outlook express, it opens HUNDREDS of folders with error messages that then slow down the computer to a point that it must be turned off and restarted

A:clicking on links in outlook express opens hundreds of empty file

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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 have a friend with Vista and Office 2007. He's trying to double-click on a publisher file and when he does, he gets the error above.

If you open Publisher up, and do a File>Open, the error does not occur and the file opens up.

What's going on?

A:Double-clicking on a publisher file produces: *.pub is not a valid win32 application"

I am guessing that it is trying to open up the Publisher file in MS Word or another application. I would try right-clicking on a publisher file and select "open with">>"Choose Program" select MS Publisher and check off the check box that says "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file."

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I ran hijack-this on my laptop today and I get a lot of errors when I post on this site and check to fix them and they keep coming back. I have heard this was a common somewhere on the web? I don't think it is .., am I wrong? Please help!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:58:39 PM, on 9/6/2010
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.01.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton 360\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton Utilities 14\RMTray.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\Windows\SysWOW64\blank.htm
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=userinit.exe
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Progra... Read more

A:Windows 7 64bit unable to file missing file in Hijackthis log file

It's doubtful those files are missing. More likely a bug still present in HijackThis where it cannot correctly enumerate some entries, so it gives a (file missing).

I would not put any faith in online analyzers such as that one. Much better to use these online databases

There's nothing wrong with any of those entries. Please leave them alone.

Analysis logs are only to be posted in this section of the forum, not General Security. I've moved it here.

I see no sign of infection in those logs. If you think the machine is infected...

We no longer use HijackThis as our initial analysis tool.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.


Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, not here. I currently have as many open malware removal assistance topics as I can effectively handle.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move... Read more

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Is it possible to sort a folder's contents with both File names and Sub-Folder names intermixed?
I have projects in sub-folders, and 'support' files like this:

projabc (sub-folder)
projabc.txt (file)
projabc.bat (file)

amongst other projects.
I would like all the 'projabc...' items to appear together.


A:File Explorer Sort File names With Sub-Folder names

I don't know of a way to get Windows Explorer to do it. But XPlorer2 is supposed to have that sorting mode.
Edit: scroll down to "Folders sorted" in the table.

Edit2: Here's a Tutorial how to disable auto-arrange in W8:
Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable in Windows 8

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Hello everyone,

Firstly I would like to say that this seems like a swell enough forum as is and I am frankly out of ideas. About a year ago I had backed up a rather large series of files under one name for my roommate who was in the process of doing some "spring cleaning" on his computer. Fast forward to now and he is out of Hard-drive space damn near and has been unable to find the reserve file himself. Below is the directory under which I named and saved the around 200gb file of games and old-ROTC documents. Regardless the file needs to be found and even after un-hiding all files from the control panel, I have yet been able to locate it. It would seem to be simple enough, one would think that you could see the file name sitting above Program Files but it is not. Any one have any ideas, we would rather not have to reformat/ system restore if we can avoid it.


A:File path error/ Cannot find file directory/file itself

I used a software called TreeSize which shows the size of all folders on the disk. Thinking that the Windows OS is around 18gb, a 200gb files should really stick out with TreeSize.

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I have been using this same Excel file for many years. I viewed on my new home laptop 2 days ago, using a 2010 Excel Version. It was created on 2007.

I opened it on my work computer, version 2003, and now get the above error message on both machines. The file can no longer be opened.

I have tried emailing it, still won't open.

I have chenged the file type to both .xls and .xlxs neither open.

I downloaded the program on the home page of this site, and it said no file issues, no known problems for this file.

When I click Open File, it still shows where I had the file opened (the file name in lighter gray font - but cannot open.) The original file is in black, and I can open. But, get that message.

I also tried to open and fix - and I tried both options, with formulas, and without formulas, and all it opened was foreign characters.

Any other suggestions? Or is this file gone? Unfortunately, my most recent back up is 3-4 months old...

Thank you for your help,

A:Excel File now says File Format or File Extension is not valid...

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