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Windows 7 local shortcuts "do you want to open this file" warning

Q: Windows 7 local shortcuts "do you want to open this file" warning

How can I get rid of the Open File warning message "do you want to open this file" for a local shortcut that I am double clicking on. I am using Windows 7.

A: Windows 7 local shortcuts "do you want to open this file" warning

Hi frdprodsup,As I know, it is a security warning to make sure that the user really want to take an action. It's a safety feature, why don't you want to get rid of it? As a work around, I would like to propose the following suggestions:1. Change User Account Control Settings.1) Click the Start button and type: UAC in the Search box.2) Click "Change User Account Control Settings".3) Drag the slider to a lower setting.4) Click OK.2. Configure Group Policy Settings.1) Click the Start menu and type: GPedit.msc in the Search box.2) Click on gpedit.3) Navigate to the following entry:User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Attachment ManagerIn the right panel of the Local Group Policy Editor, find the entry: Inclusion list for moderate risk file types. Double click the entry and check "Enabled".4) Under 'Inclusion list for moderate risk file types', type the file types: .ink (shortcut types)5) Click OK and restart the computer.Best RegardsDale

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When opening Properties of a shortcut ...Properties (dlg) > Shortcut (tab) > "Open File location"
... in the Navigation pane "Favorites" is ALWAYS hi-lited with the non-favorite EXE file in the results pane

No amount of refreshing or coaxing will show the actual "containing folder"
• Selecting the address + Enter/refresh ... no success
• Copy/pasting the folder address + Enter ... no success

There are two solutions:- ... that I know of
add a backslash "\" to the address string > then "Enter" key
With an additional sore point ... the Navigation pane scrolls down, so the holding folder is not visible.
copy the address from the address bar > open a new instance of Win-Exp > past the path > Enter > manually locate the exe file > ... to finally display the intentions of "Open File location" > then close the first incorrect WinExp window.

Admittedly solution #1 is relatively simpler (just discovered it after 2 years with Win-7)

Are there any fixes for these problems ?

Thank you

Toshiba Satellite C665
OS pre-installed:= Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit), sp1 (Build 7601) OEM
UI:=Classic Shell Start + Classic Explorer
Windows Indexing = disabled

A:Shortcuts to EXE files "Open File location" fails

I am not real sure what you want to accomplish.
Do you want to access the CCleaner website or activate the program?
Do you have the Quick Launch available on your Notification Taskbar?

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I've been plagued with shortcuts that seem hellbent on making me want to turn off security settings in Windows 7 that are better left on.

Does this sound woefully familiar?

Well - here is THE CORRECT WAY (especially if the elusive "Unlock" option never presents itself - I certainly have never seen it on any property pages!)

Open an elevated command prompt window.

cd to your shortcut folder.

run the command:

C:\Users\YourName\Desktop\AFolder> icacls MyLink.lnk /L /SetIntegrityLevel med

You can use wildcards, but take care WHERE you do this. Also REMEMBER THE /L OPTION, because that ensures you are processing the shortcut, not the "addressed" program or file pointed to by the shortcut.

Note that the trick is in the (slightly counter-intutive) MEDIUM setting (med) rather than setting it LOW (which is what it often defaults to, thus causing the problem).

Personally, I like to create folders full of "themed" shortcuts on my desktop. Unfortunately, the default behaviour is that any shortcut moved to or created in such subfolders of the desktop(on my system at least) default to low integrity. You have to RAISE the integrity of the shortcuts to stop the endless tedious prompting.

If you cd to a folder full of shortcuts and further subfolders to that folder are also full of shortcuts, then using an asterisk (whilst potentially dangerous anywhere else) will update the ACLS for ALL the shortcuts - and apparently those in subfolders to... Read more

A:Another cure for "Open File - Security Warning" Prompt Blues : ICACLS


C:\>cd users
C:\Users>cd nigel
C:\Users\Nigel>cd desktop
C:\Users\Nigel\Desktop>icacls *.lnk /L /SetIntegrityLevel med
processed file: Microsoft Word 2010.lnk
processed file: Windows Live Mail.lnk
Successfully processed 2 files; Failed processing 0 files
It works!

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Running :- WinXP HOME SP3 IE7, standalone PC, but using shared wireless modem (Vista laptop)
Not running :- GPedit (Home system) so the tweaks regarding this are out the window straight away.

....and all of a sudden I start getting the above warning box when opening .exe files (not all of them) including IE7 and strangely, if I click on show Desktop !?!
Maybe Windows knows something I don't !
Also occurs with .reg, .vbs, and other random files, again not all of them. this started on the 23rd Aug, the last auto update was the 18th Aug., that is, until today when I un-installed and re-installed IE7 as I've been reading it may be an issue with it's security settings. Didn't cure it though ! Still got the warnings with IE6.
Other strange things I've (so far) found are :-
Links toolbar shows up ok but is empty, the links folder in Favorites (and under username) however shows 72 entries grouped in folders, none of whose properties are marked as hidden.
Finally, S/ware program Advanced System Cleaner no longer runs as it has always "encountered a problem and needs to close, hope you weren't in the middle etc."
Kaspersky AV, Malwarebytes (both up to date) and Trend Home Visit all show up clean, so basically I think it's a settings issue.
The settings in intranet have been changed as per web sites (Why Though? It's a standalone PC.)). Ive added 2 entries

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A:That Damned "Open File - Security Warning" !!

Patched (Botched) over, but not cured.

Well after adding the Desktop .scf file, which I thought was an .exe, to the low risk registry entrie(s) above and a couple of re-boots nearly all seems to have settled back down again. WinPatrol being the one exe that springs to mind that's still playing up although I haven't been through them all yet.

Strange thing is that nothing was stopped from being d/loaded from the web, just when I tried to execute them.

Even stranger is why this started and I'm suddenly having to mess about in the registry .

If anyone has any clues I'd love to know !

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Ever since I started using Windows Live Mail, I get the following every time I start it:

How do I stop this?

A:"Open File - Security Warning" when running a LNK file

Right click the .lnk file and select Properties. Look for a 'Unblock' button and click it. Apply>OK.

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This warning is coming up with all documents and photos that I downloaded on the internet. It happens even with the files that I am synchronizing through One Drive.

The warning only stop if I keep the default Microsoft applications. So, for example, I need to remove the Irfanview and let the photos as default. So the warning stops happening.

There is how to solve this?

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Hello. I am using 7100 build and I would like to know, how to forever get rid of the "Open file - security warning" dialog. It is of no use and it certainly does not help with security, it just annoys... thanks

A:How to get rid of "Open file - security warning"

It does help because a program cant automatically launch those file but I agree. It's more annoying than anything.

This worked for XP. Haven't tried it on 7 yet but I don't see why they would change it. Edit it as you wish...

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


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Hello there, when the desktop loads up, I get this strange message:

"Open With:

Choose the program you want to use to open this file:

File: Media"

Does anyone have any ideas why?

I have a screenshot of the programs which run at startup:

I have a HiJackThis log if it helps:


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 08:28:24, on 29/05/2011
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPointP\SetPoint.exe
C:\Program Files\VIA\VIAudioi\VDeck\VDeck.exe
C:\Program Files\COMODO\COMODO Internet Security\cfp.exe
C:\Program Files\Acronis\OnlineBackupStandalone\TrueImageMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedhlp.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\KHAL3\KHALMNPR.EXE
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuschd2.exe
C:\Users\Media Centre\AppData\Local\Google\Update\\GoogleCrashHandler.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\OUTLOOK.EXE
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboTaskBarIcon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\InputPersonalization.exe
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A:Windows 7 32 bit, when loading "Open With: ?" "File: Media" comes up

There must be an error with one of the startup settings.
Please use Autoruns by Sysinternals/Microsoft to see more info about Programs loading with your system.
Pay attention to Logon tab.

Looks like for some reason it is trying to load a folder as a file. "Media" is a part of a folder path.
Try to uncheck all values,where Media is a part of the path.

Also, please check for viruses with Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool Download
or Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a free download that removes viruses and malware from your computer

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So... my Windows Defender gave me a warning earlier ago. It said I had an infected system file named "hosts". I already removed the file from my computer, but it can still be found on my history. Look:

What is that malware about anyway? I know I already removed it, but I worry a lot about my computer so I want to make sure everything is fine.

So... can someone tell me why I got it? Is it really dangerous?

A:Windows Defender gave me a malware warning (file name = "hosts")

First of all the threat has been removed. You are no longer in danger from that particular threat. Malware is used to describe harmful software that has been installed on your computer. It can be very dangerous with the capability of hacking into your system, harvesting passwords, bank accounts, etc. In your case it was a medium threat. It usually means, pop ups, advertisements. Since it has been uninstalled it is no longer a threat.
For the future, download the free Malwarebytes and scan once a week.
Be sure that you have a quality Anti Virus such as Avast.
Stay away from sites that may be dangerous. Those are the ones that you really want to visit.

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Hi every one,
I have Intel "DG31" and "core 2 do"
Program hangs, when i try to open or save as a file In "excel-2003" and "corel draw9" and "WILCOM Es9"
and in task manager it shows ?not responding?
But when i try to open it by clicking on the file using windows explorer it works quite well.
Earlier i used same programes on the "865glc" and "2.4" there was no problem,
I have also tried many Intel computers to trace the problem
i found the problem on every computer that was build on the motherboard later then Intel 865
Now what to do?
Mohammad Imran

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I installed some software to assist me in converting .pdf docs. I didn't keep the name of the software but did uninstall it via control panel.

I now have mulitiple "File" menu entries: 29 entries between "open" and "save". The entires are all idenical, "Open PDF"

Nothing happens when I click on them. How can I remove them from my "File" menu?

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When I press "open file" in the program "Business Intelligence" of an Office
program like Excel, I would like the window columns to be in "detail" view
instead of "list" view.
How can I do this?
Is this a registry default that can be changed?

A:Get "detailed" view on "open file" dialog window.

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OK guys, im kinda new to this forum, so... hello.
My computer has a not so serious problem-When I try to open Local Disk C by double clicking it says:
Windows cannot find install.exe.
This program is needed for opening filed of type 'File'.

Type in the executable file to be used instead:

This problem isnt very serious, I just dont want my computer to remain "corrupt" if you know what I mean.

Help my and I will be grateful!

A:Cant open C:/:"Install.exe is needed for opening type of "file""

Hello and Welcome to TSF

Have you scanned your system for viruses lately? What antivirus program is installed on your system?

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Hi all, this originally started with an issue with the wireless. I recently installed a D-Link DIR-515 wireless router and did a basic setup, giving it WPA2 security. My Vista computer originally was able to connect to the router with Internet (and before that, to the modem directly with Ethernet), but it was infected by the Vista Security 2012 virus, which I removed after following some steps and MBAM. Since then, it can no longer connect to the wireless network, so I Googled the issue, and did a few things:
- Norton Remover,
- In command prompt, ipconfig and netsh + .... (some commands that reset/refreshed IP/DNS or something along those lines)
- Going to wireless settings and disabling ipV6
- Going to wireless setting and manually giving it an IP, Default Gateway, DNS (according to the specs that I found by using ipconfig on my working Windows 7 laptop)
- Updating the Atheros driver to version 9.1

Somewhere along the way, I must've nipped something important somewhere, because now the Vista machine doesn't connect to the internet wirelessly NOR with the Ethernet cable attached! The icon in the lower right hand corner shows that the machine sees the router, but with Local Access only.

I've done an ipconfig /all with the machine and here are the results (this is with ethernet attached):
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6002]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

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A:Vista computer had "local only" access with wireless, now "local only" with ethernet

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Prior to a few weeks back where I made added a function to the folder file type, it didn't matter if I doubled clicked on a file folder on either the left hand pane or the right hand pane of Windows Explorer, Folder View. Either way opened the folder and displayed in the contents in the right hand pane.

Since I made the change below however, if I click on a folder in the left hand "Folders" pane, it works as before and opens the folder and displayed in the contents in the right hand pane.

However, if I click on any folders in the right hand (files pane) a new windows explorer window opens a displays the "my documents".

This is driving me nuts. The same thing happens if you click on a shortcut to a folder. Instead of the folder opening, it opens a new window and displays "my documents".

This problems started when I added a new function to the folder file folder file type properties to print out the contents of a folder by calling a batch file that piped the content to a file.

In the file association for file folders in the advanced section I now have three functions
- the afore mentioned 'create file list'
- explore (the default), and
- find

For the folder file type I just have:
- explore and
- open

Any suggestions on how to put things back to the way Windows Explorer always worked before make clicking folders in the right hand pane open them up properly in the same window as per clicking them on the left hand pane?

A:Windows Explorer and Folder shortcuts open to "my documents" and not the folder

Welcome to TSG....

You can try doing a system restore to a day or so before you made the change to view. It will not affect any data that you have but you might have to re-install any programs that you have had since that date.

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When I convert a file from jpeg to pdf, I usually retrieve the pdf file from the My Recent Documents folder. I can see the document there, but when I click on it, I get an error message stating that, "the item "....pdf" has been changed or moved, so this shortcut will no longer work properly". How do I restore? I can open the ones prior to today only.

Thank you for your expert guidance!

A:Cannot open "shortcuts" from My Recent Documents folder

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I changed my outlook email .ost file to open with auto cad by mistake. Initially it was opening with an Unknown application. How can I enable it to open with an unknown application again? please help

A:changing an ".ost"file to open with "unknown" application

You can try this tutorial and see if it helps.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

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Hi all,

If I click "file/open" when using the software I have at work, in the window that opens I often have to end up navigating through a complex folder structure to get to the file I want to open.

Is there a way of adding shortcuts on the bar on the left of the panal that comes up when I click open(which currently has these shortcuts):

"recent places", "desktop", "libraries", "computer" and "network"

Hope this makes sense.

Thanks alot.

A:Adding shortcuts to "open" window

If the contexr menu is what you are refering to. Check the tutorials for context menu. Lot of great infor there.

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When our website users click on an html attachment embedded on a web-page in IE9, the download manager will not display the "Open" option. It will only display "Save" and "Cancel" which our users don't like, having to save the
html document in a folder to open it. Whereas, when downloading attachments like pdf, word etc. all three options are displayed. 

Is there any setting to tweak , which will display all the 3 options for HTML attachments as well?

A:IE9 download manager will not display "Open" option (only "Save" and "Cancel" is displayed) for downloading HTML documents.

As you know, the Open-Save-Cancel dialog box helps you prevent your computer from affecting by virus while downloading. 
So I suggest you test to reset all zones to a lower level temporarily and then please attempt to download this html attachment again.

However, since you can normally download the other documents, I suspect there is some restriction in the website which you are trying to view. I recommend you to contact the administrator of that website if possible.
could you please send me the link of the website from where you are trying to download the html attachment?

are trying to better understand customer views on social support experience, so your participation in this
interview project would be greatly appreciated if you have time.
Thanks for helping make community forums a great place.

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I have a Dell XPS 410 with Vista and I get a annoy warning every time I use "Save As" to save a file by this method.... I open the "Save As" window, click on an existing file, modify the name slightly, so that it is different from the original, and then click OK.

A Warning appears indicating I am about to overwrite an existing file, and the filename in the warning box is the one I clicked on originally, before I modified it. If I ignore the warning, everything works fine. The original file is untouched and a file with the new name appears as it should.

At first I had only noticed this in Paint Shop Pro. Later I noticed I could also duplicate this in WordPad. After getting no help from Corel, as they were unable to duplicate the problem, and Microsoft, who totally brushed me off, I searched without success to see if anyone else experienced this problem.

After one year of Vista updates, WordPad has miraculously cured itself but I still experience the same problem with Paint Shop Pro.

For example, files named "001.jpg" and "002.jpg" exist in a folder. In "PAINT SHOP PRO PHOTO XI" I open "001.jpg", then click "Save As". Instead of typing in a new filename, I click on "002.jpg" in the list of files, which then appears in the filename box. Next I modify the filename to "003.jpg" and click OK. This results in an erroneous warning message that I'm about to overwrite "002.jpg" ... Read more

A:"Save As" a non-existing file and getting "Overwriting Existing File" warning

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Hopefully I'm posting in the correct forum section and that this isn't a topic that has been discussed frequently as I've done extensive searches and browsing before deciding to post.

So here's the problem/annoyance I'm encountering and I'm wondering if there's some sort of solution out there:

I have Vista Home Basic and IE7. I can download files quite fine, but the problem is that when I try to open the file either from the dialogue window that shows up after the download OR when the file opens automatically after a download, a new dialogue window shows up that says "Verify" (apparently while the system verifies the file for who knows what).

Now, that window showing doesn't really bother me that much, even though it does bother me, the real problem arises when you download multiple files at the same time and open those files because once the system tries to verify all those files at the same time it ends up crashing the browser.

So what I'm mainly looking for is a setting that would disable this file verification by Vista/IE7.

I have a fairly good computer, with 2GB of RAM, 2.20 Dual Core processor so I really really doubt this is a performance issue.


Can provide screenshots if needed.

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I'm wondering if it's possible to create or modify shortcuts that will open more than one thing.
For instance I would like to open "tech overview" from my computer and it would open:
1: Control Panel
2: Manage Computer
3: System
4: Device Manager

and hopefully I would be able to add or remove things from the list to make it even more modified over time

Another example would be to open "my website" from my computer and it would open:
1: explorer view of camera shot images
2: explorer view of htdocs for the website
3: explorer view of images directory
4: explorer view of recent downloads
5: dreamweaver

A:shortcuts that open more than one "thing"

You can put a shortcut to all of those in one folder on your desktop, but you would still have to click on each one individually to open it.

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Hi TechGuy,

I'm having some recent problems on my laptop. When I log-in and start using it, the performance starts slowing down. When I look at the Task Manager, I notice that the task called Explorer.exe takes up a lot of my CPU. In a couple of minutes, I also start getting Internet Explorer windows to pop-up on my screen (I normally use Firefox) with advertisements suggesting that my computer is infected and some software downloads that could help. I recently installed McAfee Total Works, or whatever they call their 10-in-1 software which is supposed to do it all. I ran several scans, and on some of them, if did find and disable the Generic.dx trojan. Even though it claims it is doing something, I don't notice any changes - Explorer.exe continues to bog me down, and the IE windows keep popping up to the point that I cannot use my computer effectively anymore.

IBM T-40 laptop (about three and a half years old)
Microsoft XP-Professional

Any pointers would be truly appreciated!!


A:Solved: "Explorer.exe" process keeps running, IE Windows intermittently open, "Generic.dx"

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I double-click and get "search" instead of "open"--only when I click a disk, like Hard Drive C: or Floppy A: or CD F: and so on.

It didn't used to do this, so I must've inadvertently changed some setting somewhere, but darned if I can find it now.

Any ideas?

A:Solved: On the "my computer" list, I double-click on disks and get "search" instead of "open"

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I've run into a strange problem on someone's computer recently and I'm not sure what the problem might be.

They use Progressive Automotive Insurance and they were trying to print out their proof of insurance papers from their website. You have to click through a couple menus and you eventually come to a point where you select 1 to 3 different forms that you'd like to print. You then click print. Whatever is supposed to happen after that is a mystery, but what DOES happen:

-If you are using Firefox, it will prompt you about being unable to find a program that can open a file, something like OWBRsomething.asp was the filename. If you tell it to open this asp file with Firefox, Firefox proceeds to open an infinite number of new tabs. Why this is happening is revealed if:

-If you repeat all the above steps if Internet Explorer 7, and the same thing happens, except it doesn't automatically open new tabs endlessly, but instead asks you what you want to do with that exact same *.asp file over and over and over and over, if you choose to pursue it. Only other option is to hit cancel.

They said this was also happening on some other website they use but didn't mention the name. I don't know what to make out of this problem. Are they missing a piece of software on their computer? Most websites are sophisticated enough to be able to tell if there is a requirement not being met on the clients computer.


A:Solved: Weird "Windows cannot open" some *.asp file causing endless loop of new tabs


Turns out they simply didn't have Adobe Acrobat installed.

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hi. recently my computer's shortcut icons stopped showing and was replaced by a weird icon and when i click on them a message pops up saying "windows cannot open this file". i ran .exe file fixes i've found on this site and the problems still remains. i ran malwarebytes and super antispyware and no problems pop up. any suggestions?

A:"Windows can not open this file" message pops up

Which icons exactly aren't working and which programs do not work? Do some icons and programs still work?

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OK, this is my first post here, & I've never joined a Windows forum, or one for people who build their own computers, although I am somewhat familiar with forums, so let me try to give enough info to see if I can clarify my first question & add a few related ones.

I just upgrades a Dell Precision 690 desktop to Vista Ultimate 64, because for some of the work I do in Photoshop CS4, I felt I would benefit from having access to over 3gigs of Ram. The Dell has 2 Intel Xeon 3 gig processors & the compatibility in place to run a 64bit OS, so I bought Vista Ultimate 64, and upgraded to 8 gigs of Ram. That all works fine & I set up several 66 meg files for large format printing the other day, so I'm pleased with the upgrade from that standpoint.

I just need to get used to some pesky details that slow me down & haven't figured them out from searching. I did make my way to the "local group policy editor" and "enable folder options" so this is now giving me my preferred view (details) whenever I open Windows Explorer.

There are 2 related issues I want to ask about. When I open Windows explorer, it opens as a small window & I like to maximize it. It also opens with the folder named after my user name expanded, and the "Computer" folder collapsed. I never store anything in the folder named after my user name, & I store everything in a mapped network drive, that is mapped to show up below the "computer" folder.

QUESTI... Read more

A:are "Folder options" available in file>open windows?

Hello Islandsign, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You can use METHOD TWO in the tutorial below to customize and reset the folder view settings so Vista will remember your folder view settings afterwards. When you make a change, close the window. When you open that same window, it should be the same as when you last closed it.

Windows Explorer Folder View settings

Hope this helps,

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Hey guys,
Recently my beautiful windows 8 "Open file using ____ program, colorful app menu" has been replaced with the old file helper box which gives you 3 options: Search the web, read about file type, use existing program.  I am not sure what made this change, though recently I downloaded a few windows 8 video players to test out opening .gp files. I did download Malware, which I believe I deleted and am now stuck with this.  If I choose "Search the web for program" I am directed to this website, if I choose "Use existing program" it does absolutely nothing.  
I updated java, as I thought maybe this would help, but now when I try clicking on a file and "Open with", the file helper just flashes open and closes.
My question is, how can I get that windows 8 app program search function back?  I have been searching high and low to no avail .
I dont know any better way to describe this, but let me know if I can explain in further detail.
Thank you so much ahead of time for your help.

A:Windows 8 - Open File Using Program "App"

Hey guys,
This post is regarding my last post about this problem.
I think a better way to put it is, I am unable to select which program I want to open unrecognized files with. The windows 8 'open with' app interface is not functioning and i cannot use it at all.
Please help!

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Got a corrupted operating system a a result of a virus attack. services.msc won't run. Would like to repair this before I do a re-install. Any advice gratefully accepted.

A:services.msc "Windows cannot open this file"

Boot from the XP CD and perform a repair. If that doesn't work, you could manually extract the file. But in my experience, once you have suffered any corruption from a virus/malware, you are better off simply performing a fresh install. There is likely more wrong that just a single file.

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Sometimes a person sends me a file and when I click on it, the above is what I get. It usually gives me two choices; go with their selection or pick another from a list. When I have tried either of those, it goes to "Windows File Association."

And then I don't know what to do. At one point I did download the "Free PDF Tablet" to see if that would help. I don't know if it will or not because I don't know where to find it. Is there an easier solution to I use the "Free PDF Tablet?"

Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: "Windows cannot open this file."

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Hello guys,

I don't know what I did, but nothing happens when I click on those two things in the search bar:

View image: wtf

I reinstalled Windows a few hours ago, and IIRC pressing those with the mouse lead somewhere. Now when I click on them, it does nothing. I have to type in "Settings", so I can click on the actual Windows App. Then I can navigate to those settings. IIRC those results were "clickable".

Can somebody help?

Thanks in advance!

A:Can't open "Windows Update Settings" or "Check for Updates"

Hello iamnewhere,

If you like, here's a Windows Update shortcut to use for now until hopefully an update will sort it for you.

Windows Update Shortcut - Create in Windows 10

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I have looked around for help on this issue and havn't been able to find a resolution that works. I think because I havn't been able to find any imformation on my specific issue.

I am one of the most computer literate people I know, so when a co-worker mentioned to me that he was having problems with his computer, I agreed to look at it. His problem was simple, he had a lot of viruses. I have cleared most (however I assume not all) viruses and instinces of spyware. The computer worked fine for a little while while I did some final checks on his computer, then the problems started.
He has a Dell Inspiron 710m Laptop, running Windows XP Pro. (Service tag 8sk8091)
As far as I can tell, he has not added or upgraded it in any way. He only has some basic programs.

I know that the issues might have something to do with his wireless.
He is running the Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG.
The computer is getting stop errors (BSOD)

The first one was called DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Stop: 0x000000D1 amd listed the file w29n51.sys (which upon further study, turned out to be a file related to his wireless.)

I have already updated the drivers and reinstalled the program with the latest versions on the Intel website.

I also noticed (though with not frequent) the stop error with the same name and stop code, but which listed the NDIS.sys file (which upon further study turned out to be a system utility).
and now, I have gotten a stop error of 0x0000000A, (IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQU... Read more

A:Solved: Windows "logs off" after "open with" repair (userinit.exe)

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This site helped me cure my Laptop in the past and now I am in the process of aiding a friend whose IE is being hijacked to a suspected Anti-malware site for a product known as "Ultimate Cleaner 2007". He also keeps getting repetative pop-ups for an alleged virus known as "Worm.Win32.NetSky" which redirects you again to an unknown site.

here is his HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 8:27:09 PM, on 11/11/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\HPQ\Quick Launch Buttons\EabServr.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\HPQ\HP Wireless Assistant\HP Wireless Assistant.exe
C:\Program Files\Hp\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\HPQ\shared\hpqwmi.exe
C:\Docume... Read more

A:HJT log for "Ultimate Cleaner 2007" browser hijacking and "Worm.Win32.NetSky" warning

Welcome to TSG

Please download SmitfraudFix

Double-click SmitfraudFix.exe
Select option #1 - Search by typing 1 and press "Enter"; a text file will appear, which lists infected files (if present).
Please copy/paste the content of that report into your next reply.

Note : process.exe is detected by some antivirus programs (AntiVir, Dr.Web, Kaspersky) as a "RiskTool"; it is not a virus, but a program used to stop system processes. Antivirus programs cannot distinguish between "good" and "malicious" use of such programs, therefore they may alert the user.

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I am trying to uninstall Yahoo Messenger using Add/Remove Programs. It won't let me and this error message comes up.

Can someone help?

Thanks...and have a great day! Note: Just registered and first time poster.

A:Solved: Error: "Could not open "INSTALL.LOG file"

You have most likely run a Cleaning program that has the option to delete LOG files.
Some LOG files are just that. Files that "log" activity.

But some, like the one you reference, contain information about how to UNinstall that application.

In this case, I would reinstall Yahoo Messenger, and THEN uninstall it.

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I'd like to have the "thumbs.db" file created in its own images' directory - like it was done in Windows XP -
not, in some deep subdirectory of windows,
where I can't tell which-is-which's...
The reason I want it, is this:
I have noticed that when i burn a cd/dvd with lots of photos in a folder, when trying to preview thumbnails of the photos from the cd/dvd,
the thumbnails "creation" takes a long...long...long time. But IF (like in WinXP) I had burned the "thumbs.db" of the correspondent folder,
together with the photos, then, the thumbnails' preview appear in a blinking of an eye!

Is there some way to "tell" Windows 7, to store this thumbs' cache file in each photo directory.

(PS. googling for this matter, the only thing that I found, reffered to network stored photos and how to delete the "thumbs-cache" file(s)] .
I'm interesting not in network but the Locally created thumbs.db file).

Thanks in advance,

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I am trying to get my Outlook 2003/2002 Notes Connector to work with Lotus Notes 5.0.11, but I keep getting the following error when I open Outlook: "The local message file can't be accessed. The file is already in use by another user."

Things I've tried to fix this:
1) re-install Notes client
2) re-install Outlook Connector
3) re-install Outlook 2003
4) deleted all but first 4 lines in notes.ini
5) changed the name of my .nst file
6) deleted and recreated Outlook profile (numerous times)

Any help would be appreciated!
Here is the output of my MSOCLog:

<<## ## ##>>MSOCLog Header Size : 1298
Log Date: 4/22/2005 - 03:26:48
Microsoft Windows NT Version 5.1.2600
C:\Program Files\Common Files\SYSTEM\MSMAPI\1033\MSOC32.DLL
OtoN Version: 2.0.4007.0
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE
Module Version: 11.0.5510.0
Auto Download Mode : Download Body
Slow Connection Mode ont get Body On RAS
OtoN Languages :1033;
Office Languages :3081;
Current MUILanguage:0
OutLMime.dll Version: 11.0.5510.0
Mso.dll Version: 11.0.5606.0
InetComm.dll Version: 6.0.2800.1441
<<b44 22 03:26>> ======================================================
<<b44 22 03:26>> Log Date: 4/22/2005 - 03:26:48
<<b44 22 03:26>> C:\Program Files\Common Files\SYSTEM\MSMAPI\1033\MSOC32.DLL
<<b44 22 03:26>> ======================================================
<<b44 22 03:26>> ABProviderIn... Read more

A:Outlook Connector for Lotus Notes - "local message file can't be accessed"

Does anybody know anything about the IBM Notes connector (or a URL for it)? Does it use the Outlook interface?


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Just since reloading my Mozilla browser I receive a dialog box for a yes/no answer to whether or not I want to allow a script file, 'file://', UniversalPreferencesPrivileges. I am warned that doing so may be dangerous to my computer's health! Consequently, I have been saying "no."
I would like to know what a "script file" is and have other info/advice.
Many thamks.

A:Solved: "Script file" download warning

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Today I started my computer and when I reached the desktop this little message popped up: File name warning. There is a file or folder on your computer called "C:\Program" which could cause certain applications to not function correctly. Renaming it to "C:\Program1" would solve this problem. Would you like to rename it now?

I have never seen this before and I do not have a folder called "C:\Program". Anyone have any ideas what this could be? Any suggestions would be appreciated.


A:I get a file name warning for some folder called "C:\Program" ?

Have you scanned your PC for malware?

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Hi All,

I am working on a project at work that requires me to call a .bat file from the network from within IE.

Im running IE6 on XP SP2. Problem is, I keep getting the "File Download - Security Warning" prompt.
I have attempted to disable this in "internet options\security\local intranet\

automatic prompting for file downloads - disable
file download - enable"

yet it keeps appearing.

Microsofts feel they need to keep us all "secure" but I know the code im dealing with in terms of this batch file and want it to run, without prompt.

Anyone know a workaround? tks in advance.

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In Windows XP, fully updated, I have several folders full of mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

But all the figures in the "Duration" column appear to be in "hours" and "minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03", but what I want is "minutes" and "seconds".

Any thoughts as to how to change this?

A:Solved: Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

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I'm using Windows 8.0

The task should be simple. I don't want to be so engrossed in my work on my computer as to miss picking up my daughter from the school bus. (Phone alarms have let me down in the past with dead bat issues etc.) So I thought I'd simply use the task scheduler
to throw up a photo on the screen in front of reminding me to get off the computer and go to the bus stop.

However, each time the program is run (which is simply C:/alarm.jpg - I even placed it back in root C in an effort to solve the problem - to no avail) It just brings up a "How do you want to open this file?"

Yes I know what you might say - that's a good enough alarm anyway - but that's not the point. I had originally used an mp3 file so the music would play loud (that way even if I'm at the loo or on the phone I would hear it) but I scrapped that and because
it too failed to load and I tried using the picture file instead, thinking surely IT would have no problem loading Windows Photo viewer!!!

When the dialogue opens up ad asks "How do you want to open this file?"
It already has listed at the top the very first option "CONTINUE USING WINDOWS PHOTO VIEWER" so it KNOWS that is the default program  - so why on earth is it asking????

I had the same problem with a music file despite the fact that the default MP3 player is VLC media player.

The arguments and start-in fields are blank.

What is the point of a scheduler that will not do what i... Read more

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G'day all,

I am hoping someone may be able to tell me why my local folders appear under "The Internet" on one of our work computers rather than under "Local Network". We have four machines, 3 running XP Home and one running XP Pro. The front machine has XP Home on it and I cannot open any of the shared folders for this machine on any of the other three machines even though they all have the same workgroup name.

They are all connected via CAT5 cable and we have a Netcomm NB5 ADSL2 modem/router, a Netcomm V300 Telephone Adapter(VOIP)/modem and an 8 port switch in the boss's office. And the front computer's folder/s and drives that I have chosen to be shared are listed under "The Internet". Does anyone know why this is and how I would go about correcting it?

Thankyou for your help and time,


A:Solved: Local Folders appear as "The Internet"when opening "My Network Places"

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I have to set up a Broadband connection. But Local Area connection icon is missing. Someone told "drivers" could be missing... I installed few. But the problem is as it was.. please guide me in this regards.. Thank you

Screen shots Attached

A:"Local Area Connection" missing in "Change adapter Settings".. Plz hlp

Hi and welcome to the Forum
Is the Broadband connection working OK?
Where are you looking for the icon? Can you post a screenshot of the location where you expect to see the LAN icon?

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I woke up this morning to find a menu on my desktop indicating that a program was trying to access my registry. This was from Lavasoft's Ad-Watch which comes with Adaware SE. This is what is specifies it does...

Real-time protection"Real-time protection
Ad-Watch is a real-time monitor included in the Ad-Aware SE Plus, Professional and Enterprise packages. Sharing the definition file with Ad-Aware SE, Ad-Watch adds another layer of protection on top of Ad-Aware SE&#65533;s scanning and removal capability. It accomplishes this by running silently in the background and watching memory for suspicious processes. While Ad-Aware SE is able to detect and clean your system from known malware and adware, Ad-Watch is able to go a step further and catch these programs before they have a chance to integrate into your system.
Well, thinking something was trying to access my computer's registry without permission, I refused it entry; what a mistake that was! Now I can't access my downloads. Every time I click on a program on my desktop or my programs I receive a pop-up menu stating:

"Windows cannot open this file."12

I can't get to my virus scanner, registry checker, Zone Alarm...nothing! I can't do a "System Restore, I can't go to DOS (which is good because I know nothing about DOS). I also can't go to Internet Options and Add/Remove Programs, My Computer (so I can check ... Read more

A:"Windows cannot open this file."

What was the programs name?

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Hello and this is my First Post

Can you help me with an annoying dialog that pops up when running shortcuts please?

I have (portable) applications located on E:

I can run those applications directly from E: without a problem - i.e. I don't get any warnings.

However if I create a shortcut to one of these applications and place the shortcut on the desktop ( on C: ), then running the shortcut causes an open file security warning (see attachment). The warning dialog claims it can't determine who created the file, because it comes from "a location outside your local network". Which is really strange because it is a locally installed hard drive.

The only explanation I have is I've used E: with a previous windows 7 installation on the same hardware, then I reformatted & reinstalled my Windows 7 partition, but kept E: untouched.

Couple of things I've tried are:
1) there is no "Unblock" button on the shortcut's properties dialog
2) Group policy editor changed to not preserve zone information
3) I couldn't find an exact match for this particular open file security warning when searching here and other forums

A:Open File Security Warning when file is on different local hard drive

Similar warning under Win 8, for *.lnk (shortcuts), even though they are under Favorites.

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About one month ago, a new problem surfaced:

Most times when I try to "Save As" a document and the application calls Windows Explorer for me to Browse where to save the file, it hangs for upwards of 60 seconds. The Browse window appears, but then I get a "spinning circular cursor" for 45-60 seconds until I can do anything. This occurs in all applications from MSExcel through Internet Explorer.

The system never completely crashes, but there is always this 60 second lag now.

The lag also occurs when I try to open a document...and to a less extent, but sometimes, when I simply open Windows Explorer (Windows Explorer is inconsistent as to whether it will give me a lag...sometimes it does work fine).

I have previously tried posting in the malware forum. I had picked something up they found...and cleaned it out, but that seems to have been completely unrelated to this as it was a virus redirecting my Google searches.

Can anyone help?

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I am running Windows XP SP3, fully updated, on an Acer lap top PC.

I have several folders full of .mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. To do this I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

The two new columns appear, but the format of the "Duration" column appears to be "hours:minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03" for most .mp3's, when what I want to see is 'hours:minutes:seconds", e.g. "00:03:45".

This also happens for video files (.avi files), e.g. all my episodes of "Heroes" (sad, I know) have a duration of "00:42" instead of "00:42:xx".

Here are two pictures showing the problem with the .mp3's. The first is of Explorer showing the Duration as "Hours:Minutes":

The second picture is of the properties window of the first .mp3 in the list above:

I copied some .mp3 files to another (old) PC on my home network, and it displayed the duration field correctly:

Also, the properties window correctly shows the duration also:

I'm not the only person to have this problem. I received a private message from a member of another forum where I posted about this problem several weeks ago. That person also has the same problem with the duration field.

The tech guys on that forum were unable to find the source... Read more

A:Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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I have run webroot antivirus with antispyware, several times. Every time I do, it finds the same virus (sometimes others with similar names). This is from the latest scan:


and some cookies. However often I quarantine them, they reappear on the next scan and I also can't get the desktop to go back to its normal appearance, it's gone white with a big warning (as above) and refers to:


having been detected on my computer.

I have gone through the 5 steps.

This is the active scan log:

ANALYSIS: 2008-08-21 18:37:14
Description Version Active Updated
Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware Yes Yes
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A:Can't get rid of "Troj/FakeAle-FK" and "Warning! Spyware detected on your Computer!"

Hi Henry

Disable SpySweeper's realtime protection. Open Spysweeper and click on Options
Choose Program Options and uncheck
load at windows
On the left click
and then uncheck everything.
home page shield
automatically restore default without notification
Exit the program.

Please visit this webpage for download links, and instructions for running ComboFix tool:

Please ensure you read this guide carefully and install the Recovery Console first.

The Windows Recovery Console will allow you to boot up into a special recovery (repair) mode. This allows us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware. It is a simple procedure that will only take a few moments of your time.

Once installed, you should see a blue screen prompt that says:

The Recovery Console was successfully installed.

Please continue as follows:
Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix, link
Remember to re-enable them afterwards.

Click Yes to allow ComboFix to continue scanning for malware.

When the tool is finished, it will produce a report for you.

Please include the following reports for further review, and so we may continue cleansing the system:

New HijackThis log.

A word of warning: Neither I nor sUBs are responsible for any... Read more

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I've run SuperAntiSpyware, Ad-Aware, SpyBot and Norton which removed some trojan files and registry items but I'm still getting pop-ups ("Security System Warning" and "System Integrity Scan Wizard"). Below is my HiJackThis log. Thanks in advance!
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 5:00:21 PM, on 4/2/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL$VAIO_VEDB\Binn\sqlservr.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
C:\WIND... Read more

A:"Sys Integrity Scan Wizard" & "Security System Warning" Pop-ups

Hi Welcome to TSG!!
Please visit this webpage for instructions for downloading and running ComboFix.

Post the log from ComboFix when you've accomplished that, along with a new HijackThis log.

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i Recently bought and hp windows 7 computer 64 bit and it was fine but two weeks later it does this it was working few hour ago and now it saids this ""Local Area Connection" Doesn't have a valid ip config"
what does that mean? i couldnt fix it, i turned off the router, modem did a pc recovery and i also waited. it didnt do anything how do i fix this? am not really good at pc can someone give met he step one by one?

A:""Local Area Connection" Doesn't have a valid ip config "

Quote: Originally Posted by markxsimu

i Recently bought and hp windows 7 computer 64 bit and it was fine but two weeks later it does this it was working few hour ago and now it saids this ""Local Area Connection" Doesn't have a valid ip config"
what does that mean? i couldnt fix it, i turned off the router, modem did a pc recovery and i also waited. it didnt do anything how do i fix this? am not really good at pc can someone give met he step one by one?

You should first try resetting the router by holding down the reset button for 30 seconds, still holding down the button, unplug the router for 30 seconds, power back up while still holding down the button for 30 more seconds.

After that it's required that you go into the routers settings and make sure the wireless is set up correctly, you need to add SSID "name of network" set up a password to connect, then choose the security and encryption, WPA2 and AES encryption tends to work best with Windows 7 drivers.

After that check your wireless profile for this connection by going to the Network and Sharing center, look left for "Manage wireless connections" and use the same settings that you used for the router.

If you are still having problems please post the ipconfig/all from this machine and I'll have a look at it.

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I'd like to assign a few select "domain users" to be local admin over their test machines which log into a domain. The test machines are Windows 7 64bit and the domain is Win2k8 R2. I have been searching around for the best way to do it but I've come up short on my search.

Anyone know off the top of their head?


A:Assigning "domain user" to "local admin" on select PCs

Create a new group in AD, for example, TestUsers
Add the required users to the group
Go round each machine and add the group as a member of local admins.

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Hiya, I could use a little help resolving what should be a simple problem. It's really a long story, but to skip to the important part, I'll just recount this little tale:

I wanted to delete some files off of an old external hard drive to make space for some new stuff. It didn't matter, since the files I was deleting had been long since copied to a new drive. However, Vista, in its infinite wisdom, told me I couldn't delete the files, and it was for my own good. I politely said, "okay, Vista! Thanks for keeping me honest!"

But then I muttered, "I already have a mother" under my breath, and proceeded to go behind Vista's back and turn off User Account Control so I could delete the files anyway. Well, I knew that wasn't the best idea, so I immediately turned UAC back on afterwards, but it was too late. Vista caught me, and after the second restart, smote me with a problem I'd seen once before: nearly every program on my computer was said to have been closed after it "encountered a problem" or some nonsense, and when restarted again, the disk checker was run, found numerous problems, and did whatever it had to do to go about fixing them all.

Now I'm not sure what all that was about, because everything seems to be running okay now, save for one minor thing. That little "click" sound you get when navigating windows explorer was nowhere to be heard. I tried another restart and another disk check, b... Read more

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I don't know if I am explaining this correctly, but at the top, you have FILE EDIT FAVORITES TOOLS HELP. When you click on "File" and a window opens and one of the choices is "Open". In this area you can type an address that IE will open for you. My question is how to clear everything that ever typed there?

A:How to clear "file" - "open"

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I thought I was computer savvy until this problem came up. When I double click my computer, recycle bin, control panel, etc, the hourglass comes up for a few seconds, goes off, and nothing else. No error messages or anything, just nothing. I have viewed a few of the threads covering this and a common link was the hijack this result. I have posted that here, and really hope that someone can help me with this. I have run SpyBotSD and adaware, I have run mutiple virus scans, I did an SFC, and the final thing was to repair windows using the original disk, none of which has help. I am running Window XP w/SP2. Any other suggestions would be certainly appreciated. Hope to here from someone soon. MTCS, out.

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Toolbox2.0\Apache Tomcat 4.0\webapps\Toolbox\StatusClient\StatusCl... Read more

A:I cannot open "my computer" "control panel" "recycle bin", etc...

You may want to reinstall the operating system.

Backupthe files that are importantto you before you reinstall.

The "New" installation will overwrite the current one

If you do not format your hard drive before the reinstall the installation should not harm your files (That's why I suggest backingup your files) and will speed up the installation process.

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Ok, so basically, whenever I turn the computer on, 3 error messages appear:

- A virtual driver failed to inicialize DLL. Chose close to end the program. H:/Windows/system32/code/pRee.exe

- A virtual driver failed to inicialize DLL. Chose close to end the program. H:/Windows/system32/code/pRee1.exe

- Error loading H:/Archiv~/GBPLUG~/gbiehcef.dll. Couldn't find specific module.

(sorry if some terms are incorrect, my computer is in Spanish, to I tried to translate as best as possible)

Please help me solve this terrible problem, it is really getting me on my nerves! (oh, and if this helps, I've recently donwloaded this so called "Limewire acceleration", and whenever I ran the setup, it didn't work. I don't really remember the name of the website I downloaded it from, sorry...)

A:Can't Open "My Documents", "Trash" or other files in "My Computer"!?

Hi and Welcome to the forum

I am almost certain that you have malware problems. Most like caused by you doing file sharing/ P2P - Limewire.

Suggest that you go here and follow the directions:

Please be advised that the malware people are very busy and it could take a couple days to assist you.


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Here's a strange one. All of my DVD-RW drives are appearing as Local Disks when I view them in "My Computer". Moist of the drives in question are external (firewire and USB) however my integrated DRD-RW is also effected. Oddly, all of the drives are fully functional when used for burning/playing media, and they all appear properly in the Windows Disk Management console and applications that would require optical media (burning software and the like). That being the case, I guess this is more in the "annoyance" category as functionality is not the problem. In any case, I have tried all the quick fixes I can think of, i.e.; change drive letters and reboot, uninstall and search for new hardware, disable/enable. In all of the above operations, the drives briefly re-appear in "My Computer", all listed simply as " CD Drive". However, once I've accessed any of the drives they revert to "Local Disk".

This is a rather new W7 x64 PC. Didn't notice anything strange with the drives initially. The problem just sort of appeared after a reboot. Any explanations/suggestions appreciated


A:DVD-RW Drives Listed As "Local Disks" In "My Computer"

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I have been trying to setup a postscript printer on port "File:" so I can print anything from a webpage to a file for running through Acrobat 8 Distiller. When I first install the print to file, it works fine until I reboot the computer. Every time I print to this printer after the reboot, I get a pop-up box titled "Local Port" with the message "Cannot Print to File: Access Denied". I gather it is a permission problem of some sort as I can log onto the Administrator user-id and it prints to file fine. Any ideas on what permissions I need to set this printer to in order for it to work under a standard user-id?

Using Windows Vista Ultimate X64.


A:Error "Could Not Open The File: Access Denied" setting up print to file

I have given up finding a solution to the problem. I no longer use Adobe Acrobat Professional full as I have tried both updates 8.0.1 & 8.0.2 to no avail, and is now unsupported as Adobe is up to version 9 of this software. I have opted for a freeware solution, so I have uninstalled Adobe Acrobat Professional and installed the freeware CUTEPDF Writer at It works beautifully on Vista X64 on all documents, including Microsoft Word and Scanned Images and Photos. I'm very happy with the results.

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I am having a goofy problem with .doc and .xls files. If I attempt to open them from either Windows Explorer or My computer, I get the "This file is already open" error but then you can then change the file and save it.
However, I can then execute the application and open the file from within the app, it works fine and doesn't give the error.
Any help would be appreciated. I have found traces of this error on the internet but have not found any satisfactory solutions to it. Thanks

A:"File Already Open" when Word or Excel file opened with WinExplorer or My Comp

Have you tried closing word then clicking start/run and typing

winword /regserver

Type this one for excel.

excel /regserver

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Per a recommendation on the site for another issue I ran the Windows Install Cleanup Utility, which has since caused most of my shortcuts in my start menu/programs become broken. Also, if I run the some programs, it sometimes gives me the error "This product is only valid for products that are currently installed.", as well as a few others which I have seen. DId something get broken in my registry or in elsewhere? IS there a fix for this?

Here is the windows install utility

A:Broken Shortcuts and errors after running "Windows Install Cleanup"

Sounds like it deleted some good files. Run a System Restore to a previous time before this happened.

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Hey guys, I've a Toshiba laptop running Vista and just recently all of my desktop iconss have a recycle bin on them. Also since this happened whenever I try to save anything or open something from my computer and put it on the internet the internet browser (and save as/open window) will stop responding and I'll have to close it. Any help would be great!

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Hi there
So, for some reason my keyboard shortcuts starting with the "windows key" are not working anymore
i mean, shortcuts like lock workstation (WindowsKey + L)

It did work before, but the only thing that happends when i try to execute one of those keyboard shortcuts, is a little "beep".
How can i make them work again?


A:Keyboard-shortcuts starting with "windows key" not working.

Hello Erion, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Does the Windows key by itself still work to open the Start menu?

Did you install any utility type program that may have an option to disable this?

For now, you might check using the tutorials below to see if you may have disabled the Windows key or Windows shortcuts by mistake somehow.

Windows Key - Enable or Disable

Windows Key Shortcuts - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,

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I have ASUS Windows 7 x32bit and I have tried everything on the internet, every time that I try to open a .exe file it will open the "open with" dialog box instead. I have already established that I have not got a virus because what happened was I stupidly selected adobe accidentally when it didn't know what to open the file with and I didn't even say to do it always with this type of file but it did it for them all anyway, so I followed advice of uninstalling adobe and that has gotten me to just a blank icon for every single .exe file because it doesn't know what to open the file with and displays the "open with" dialog box.
Please help I need this computer and this Profile.
Thanks in advance,
PS: Keep in mind that I am not very computer savvy either.

A:Every time I open a .exe file it opens the "open with" dialog box

Try running this SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Then posts screen results

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I am having a BSOD problem whenever I try to open a file in MS Word or MS Excel using the "File Open" menu. This problem also occurs when I try to attach a file to a memo (in email using Internet Explorer) and use the "Browse" button and try to choose a file.
I have attached the zip file using the SF Diagnostic tool provided. My profile also has all the system details as per your recommendations above.
Please help.

A:BSOD - Opening or attaching file using "File Open" menu

Welcome to SevenForums!

Bugcheck 1E and McAfee are common.

Start Menu\Programs\McAfee Public:Start Menu\Programs\McAfee Public
Start Menu\Programs\McAfee Online Backup Public:Start Menu\Programs\McAfee Online Backup Public
McAfee is a frequent cause of BSOD crashes, consider uninstalling it with the McAfee Removal Tool and replace with Microsoft Security Essentials at least to test.How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR)
McAfee Removal Tool - McAfee Uninstaller
Make scans with the following:

-Kaspersky TDSSKiller:Anti-rootkit utility TDSSKiller
-ESET online scanner:Free Online Virus Scanner | ESET
Recommended antivirus program for Windows 7 based on stability compared to others:-

Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows
Malwarebytes - The Free version
Good and Free system security combination.
Do not start the free trial of Malware Bytes; remember to deselect that option when prompted.

Run a full scan with both (separately) once downloaded, installed and updated.

Go to this link: Intel? Driver Update Utility Check for the latest drivers update (Needs Java) and download all outdated drivers for your system.

POst back results, good luck

b031e000 b032c000 mfebopk.sys
b0300000 b031e000 mfeapfk.sys
b03ac000 b03c3000 USBSTOR.SYS
b0339000 b03a3000 spsys.sys
b02c9000 b0300000
9c363000 9c37b000 parport.sys
8d4f7000 8d504000 crashdmp... Read more

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I left clicked on Local Disk C when I opened "My Computer" and for a reason that I can't understand, I got the message: POWERPOINT VIEWER CAN'T FIND THE FILE. This is the first time that I left clicked on the Local Disk Icon and it seems that it tried to open Powerpoint. I tried with the other icons inside MY COMPUTER and the same thing hapenned: it attempts to open Powerpoint Viewer. I don't remember having this problem before and don't know how to fix the problem. I made a search and found that my C drive has the following:
C:\Program Files Powerpoint Viewer
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office
C:\Documents and Settings\all Users\Start Menu

I have Office 2003 Any suggestions as to what is happening and how to fix this problem?
Thanks, Metuquita...... Pls respond to my email address!!!

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Newbie here. I have searched around for a while but have not found a post with my exact situation.

I just installed a new Seagate Momentus 500gb (7200rpm) SATA drive in my Lenovo X61 laptop and have been working on a installation of Windows7 Ultimate.

Not realizing this was an upgrade install disk, I tried to install Win7. I didn't know about the clean install method, so I started over with an installation of WinXP (slipstreamed to deal with the SATA drive).

Next, I ran the Custom Installation upgrade to Win7.

So far, it seems to be working ok.

However, the Local Drive is D: instead of C:. The System Reserved drive in labeled C:. Should I be concerned? Should/Can I change this?

Attached are screenshots of Disk Management and explorer window.

Thank you for any info.

A:"System Reserved (C:)" and "Local Disk (D:)" ??

Try removing the System Reserved drive letter in Disk Management to see if Win7 claims C instead. It sometimes works.

There is no reason you can't operate with Win7 as D even though it is meant to always assume the C letter unless it's installer is run from another OS.

But if you do I would not allow a drive letter for SysReserved as programs can write to and corrupt it, especially the ability to make Win7 backup images.

Now that you know you can clean install Win7 without needing XP on the HD, I would strongly consider booting the installer to do a Custom install, choose Drive Options to Delete all partitions, Create new as you wish, then Format before installing to first partition after SysReserved it will create for you. The installer will see an OS at boot to allow use of Upgrade version key upfront during install.

Here are tips to get a perfect reinstall - use the ones which apply: Clean Reinstall steps

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After Avast did a full scan it listed some files it could not find. They were in the /appdata/local/opera mail/opera mail folder/ So I went to check and found 2 identical "Local" folders. I have a full backup copy of the hard drive which is only a month old and it has only 1 local folder. The only difference between is the addition of the Opera standalone mail program. Everything seems to work OK and no error messages except for the one from Avast. I did scan the files it could not scan and found no problems. Can anyone explain this to me?

A:Duplicate "local" folder in "AppData"

Please post a screenshot that shows the problem:
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I have numerous picture sets in separate folders, and one folder that contains the shortcut to each folder's "cover.jpg" file.

When I right click on one of the shortcut files and select "Open File Location" or select "Properties" and then click the "Open File Location" button, I'm taken to a "search result" window of the last search I did, rather then the shortcut's folder.

Any suggestions on a fix?

A:shortcut (lnk file) "Open File Location" not working

It seems that the shortcut must have been broken. In the properties check for the location of it's target if it's set correctly.

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re-sending this message (4th time). As 1st time user of this web site, just
realized I've been entering wrong info for "Title"....sooooo...sending again..

System: Windows 98 4.10
Excel version 7.0

Problem: getting error message when try to open 2 Excel files...2 other ones
open just fine! Never had this problem before!!
ALSO....when click on Help on tool bar in Excel, same thing...
can't open the selections in the drop-down box!!

ERROR MESSAGE: bill list.xls: file format is not valid
PLEASE HELP!! What has changed OR what have I done to cause this to
happen all of a sudden??

A:Excel file won't open.."file format not valid"


I replied to your original posting on this.

It sounds like the file is corrupt.

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I am getting the following error when moving files on the same drive or from one to another:

"Error Moving File or Folder
Cannot remove folder (insert folder name here): The directory is not empty."

This is fairly common (once or twice a month) and it occurs usually with folders containing many subfolders when being moved by explorer gui "Move the selected items", or ctrl-x, ctrl-v . Repeated attempts through the same process seems to move the folders, but the errors increase as the concentration of stubborn folders increases.

There are no event viewer logs corresponding to these errors. (eventvwr.msc: system, or application)

I would have thought this would be a common problem, but extensive searches came up with nothing... so either it is rare, untroubling to others, extremely easy to fix, or my search queries suck. =)
I am going to run Checkdisk to make sure all is well there, and I will repost the likely failure.

A:"Error moving file or folder" "directory is not empty" one file left

Occasionally when I am deleting a file, it is difficult, I have to go through process explorer, search for the thread that is strangely(?) associated with that file in explorer (no reasonable dependencies could be linked, nor is the file being viewed), and kill the thread before deletion.

any thoughts?

Thanks =)

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Some new phones are doing away with the virtual HDD and switching to MTP for transferring files to/from the device. Because of this every time I want to copy MP3s to my MTP device I get a Windows message saying "Your device might not be able to
play or view this file" forcing me to click "Ignore this error" every time I start a new copy. I am VERY grateful that there is an option that says "Do this for all remaining files", but it's still really annoying because each time I start a new file copy
it pops up.
To be clear, this is not a device or driver issue. This is a windows prompt that is specifically tied to MTP devices.
Is there a registry key I can change so Windows will automatically assume the answer is "Yes, your file will be copied, but you might not be able to play or view it on your device"? Or perhaps a key where I can change the file types this prompt is
tied to?

A:warning message "Your device might not be able to play or view this file" when copying MP3s to MTP device


Based on my research and test, I?m afraid that this feature is by-design. We cannot simply disable or change the feature by editing the registry.

I think you can use the transfer tool from your phone manufacturer.

Hope this helps.

Jeremy Wu
TechNet Community Support

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I am running a Toshiba SLI1 notebook and find myself unable to use my PC due to a warning after I enter my password while the files and programs are loading. Everything seems to be normal, but I can't be sure. Within 30 seconds of booting up, a message pops up indicating that there is a critical warning and windows is now shutting down. A new window follows, but I can't be sure of the code displayed because within very little time, my computer is already restarting. It first happened after the installation of a few programs used to convert and download viral videos to one's hard-disk. I don't know if the warning is connected with this, but it seems an odd coincidence. A prompt (after download the programs used to convert/download the virals) instructed me to restart my PC, but being impatient, I didn't do it until the next day. This is when the warning started. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:Vista Home Premium "Critical Warning, Windows Will Shut Down"

Did you actually use the software you downloaded before you restarted your computer?

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Dear Analyst, when I tried to open my E (Local Hard Disk) drive, it will list down all programs and required me to choose which program to open it.

Thanks for helping!

Deckard's System Scanner v20070905.67
Run by westley on 2007-09-22 22:26:02
Computer is in Normal Mode.

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

Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.

-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --
63: 2007-09-22 14:26:11 UTC - RP214 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point
62: 2007-09-22 1331 UTC - RP213 - Restore Operation
61: 2007-09-22 13:01:21 UTC - RP212 - Restore Operation
60: 2007-09-22 12:58:48 UTC - RP211 - Restore Operation
59: 2007-09-22 12:43:12 UTC - RP210 - Printer Driver Microsoft Office Document Image Writer Installed

-- First Restore Point --
1: 2007-06-25 11:29:40 UTC - RP152 - System Checkpoint

Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup.

-- HijackThis (run as westley.exe) ---------------------------------------------

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:27:52 PM, on 9/22/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\sy... Read more

A:Double left click E: Select "Open with", not "Open"


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I have searched to see if this was asked before without any success. Maybe someone has run into this problem before.
When I open "my computer" or "control panel" after I close automatically goes into Internet Explorer as a blank page. Most of the time, when I close the IE blank stops responding and I have the control-alt-delete to "end the program"
Thanks in advance for any help.

A:closing "my computer" or "Control Panel" open internet explorer window

Possibly malware - anything openning ie on its own raises an alarm in my books. Post a HJT log to the malware removal section of the forum and let the experts take a look at it

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I have set the default program to foobar2000 multiple times, but I continuously have to click on it out of the "Open with" menu each time it pops up. I've also tried setting the default in the "Default Programs" folder, but it doesn't work either.

A:"Open with" keeps opening up whenever I open an audio file

Tried reinstalling Foobar2000, maybe it will re-apply file associations?

Also check Default File Type Associations - Restore, maybe you can just restore the needed audio files and re-apply afterwards?

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So I have a 64GB USB Flash Drive (Centon DataStick Sport). I had not used the drive in several months until the other day when I plugged it into my computer and it asked me to reformat it. I don't know why it asked me to reformat it, but it might have been due to water damage (I had carried it in my backpack and water may have hit it. I'm not quite sure).

I reformatted the drive using NTFS file system and everything is fine aside from one thing; when I plug it in, it shows up as a "Local Drive" under "Hard Drives" like my WD 1TB drive does. I would think that it should show up under 'Devices with removable storage" but it does not.

Does anyone know why this is?


A:USB Flash Drive showing up as "Local Disk" in Windows 7

Hi SlashEmUp Welcome to Seven Forums .. Right click on the Usb Drive propertys/hardware uninstall the Driver . Then unplug the Flash Drive .. Re-Install .. See if that works

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As the above title describes ""Local Area Connection" doesn't have a valid IP configuration"

I've tried every possible fix. CMD -> ipconfig /release - ipconfig /renew - reboot computer, nothing happens.

On the Network Sharing Center - I get my Network shown as "Unidentified Network."

I tried Uninstalling and Re-Installing the NIC, no luck. Updating the Driver didn't help either as it says it's up-to-date.

I've tried manually assigning the IP address, but I don't think I did it correctly, as I am quite new with Networking problems and especially with all the IP addresses', DNS, DHCP. etc. So I need support with that and try it out whether that fix will work, although I doubt at this point since I tried everything.

I tried disabling the IPv6 as well that did nothing too.

I also RESET my router, which also had no affect. I am using the VIRGINMEDIA SUPER HUB ROUTER. It's a Fibre Optic Connection.

I also called my ISP, they suggested the Internet is all stable and has no connection problems. The Technician I spoke to over the phone said that there is something at fault with my computer itself and not the Router or Internet connection. In other words, my NIC.

My wireless connection works without any issues, but when I plug-in my Ethernet Cable on the back of my Computer (Motherboard) it does not detect any Internet Access and I get the " Unidentified Network." When I troubleshoot it gives me that error whic... Read more

A:"Local Area Connection" doesn't have a valid IP configuration" Error.

Lets take a peek at your network environment:


Power Cycle everything . . Turn off the Modem, router and all pc's . . turn on the Modem and wait a few minutes for the lights to stabilize . . then turn on the router, then one pc at a time. See if you connect to the internet.


Then: check your browser's settings, remove any proxy settings if found here's how.


with the pc connected to the router, Click on Start . . Run . . type CMD

At the > prompt type type the following command: IPCONFIG /ALL

Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in the following command.

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter. Come back here and Paste the results in a message.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB drive, or a CD-R disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.

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For all my Microsoft Office products (Office 2010), when I go to initially save or open a file, the default location is the Documents folder. I rarely use this opting instead for a specific folder on my dedicated Data drive (in this case my E drive). Is there any way to change the default location? Note: I am NOT asking to move the documents folder to a different location. I am interested in using a different location altogether. Is this possible? I am using W7

Thanks for you help again,

A:Solved: Changing folder in which "Open/Save File" lands

Go to File, then Options, then click the "Save" button, and change the "Default File Location" option. You may have to do this for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc... separately though.

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For some reason, only when I'm using the open dialog box for a program such as winamp, word, etc. (not when browsing in Explorer), I end up starting from the end of the list working up to the file folders instead of the other way around, as I've organized it to be.

Does anyone know of an option change that may have caused this, and how to change it back? Thanks in advance for your support.

A:Dialog Open Box Reverses the Alphabetical and "By File" Order (RESOLVED)

T^T Help me?

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I was trying to download an html using IE11, browser only prompted Save,Save as and cancel no "open" option was prompted but it was prompted if I was downloading pdf files.And default browser to open HTML files is IE11 when I changed default browser
to some other browser "open" option was prompted but on clicking on it file is opening in the browser which was set as default not in IE11.
Can any one please let me know why this is happening.


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`I have run into the problem outlined in the title. I need to access that file, which came to me as an e-mail attachment. Suggestions will be appreciated.


A:Solved: WORD 2002 will not open a file crearted with "2003"

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My computer recently broke and i had all my photos transferred onto another computer. However some images won't open even though they are in .jpg format, as it comes up with "file format is not supported". My computer is windows vista if that helps

A:Computer says it cannot open images in my photos - "file format is not supported"

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A friend of mine sent me an E-mail in Outlook Express that included several .jpg files as attachments. Whenever I try to open these pictures, I get a dialogue box that says that the files do not have a program associated with them for performing this action and that I need to create an association in the Folders Option Control Panel. The files in Outlook Express show the Kodak logo and I have the "Kodak EasyShare" program on my computer. Can someone tell me how to create an association in the Folders Option Control Panel. Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Need to create "file association" in OE in order to open pictures

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Is it possible to add icon to the entry Open File/Folder Location? I created expendable string value and name it Icon and then in value i inserted the path to the .ico file, but no icon is showing up.

A:add icon to context menu "Open File/Folder Location"

Have a look here

Context Menu - Add Shortcuts with Icons

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I've just recently encountered a baffling problem: I browse to some folders in Explorer, and the files I expect to see are all there. However, every app I've tried to open or otherwise load these files reports "File not found"!
Opening a cmd window and performing a Dir command also shows all the files.
I found a couple of apps that promise to reveal extended info about specified files, but when I navigate to these files and select one to process, both of these tools also report "File not found".
I've run chkdsk and other utils on the drive holding these files several times, and each time it reports no errors found.
I'm running 64-bit Windows 7 Pro SP1 with the latest updates.
WTF? Can anyone help me resolve this weird issue, please?

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I wrote a vb script, and I am trying to run it with a batch file.

Everytime the batch file access it, the user must press "Open" to access the script.

This is opposite of what I want, I want it to silently install in the background without any user intervention necessary.

I have the script on a network drive which everyone can access.

I am putting the batch file into everyone's startup folder.

I just need help with the arguments needed to make it automatically accept the risk and open it anyways.

Here is a generic sample of my batch file:

"@echo off
\\server\share\adlogon_user.vbs /quiet /passive /norestart
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Need Help Bypassing "Open File - Security Wanring" Dialog Box

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I'm not positive exactly what I did, but I can no longer open locations through "Open file location" or "Find location" dialogs. To clarify, there are no errors or notifications of any kind, just a momentary busy curson and then nothing.

If I use the searchbar in explorer to do a search, right click on a file and choose "Open file location", explorer jumps to that location without any trouble, but I cannot open download locations in Firefox, or any other related application. I believe the problem may be related to my changing the target of explorer from "libraries" to "My Computer" using the following instructions from

To change it to open to “My Computer”, change the shortcut to:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

I reverted the shortcut back to %Systemroot%\explorer.exe after noticing problems (and it now opens the libraries again), but now I cannot open directories.

I have also tried all the instructions from:
Please help.

A:Solved: "open file location" no longer opens explorer HELP

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I'm young, so bear with me, I don't know a lot of technical computer terms.
I'm on my moms laptop, which she let me bring with me to my dads house, and I downloaded Manycam last night to screen share with my friend. Today, something that I assume was a virus, in the form of a virus scanner, popped up, called Win 7. It kept telling me to buy their product because my computer was at risk. I showed my dad and he told me to download Malware, and I did and did a real virus scan. I had 26 virus (At least 6 trojan), which were all removed. I rebooted her computer and tried to open Firefox. It told me "Choose the program you want to use to open this file" The only reasonable one was IE so I chose that one. IE opened and started to load but it closed out, and it told me "Do you want to run or save this file?" I chose run, and then it told me "Do you want to run this software?" I chose Run. Then the whole process started over, and there was no end. The same thing happened when I tried to open IE. I tried to reboot the computer again, but no luck..

Any solutions? (I have until Tuesday to fix this)

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Normally when you try to send an email from a link from firefox via "file->send link", your default email program automatically opens assuming it's not already open. If Outlook 2010 is already open, no problem; it works fine. If it's closed, I get the error below about a dll error telling me to reinstall outlook 2010. if I manually open Outlook, I can then email the link.

If I insert the Office 2010 disc to try a repair, I get an other error (below) saying 2003 was not uninstalled properly and to uninstall it before I can do the repair (gotcha-catch22-can't get there from here, etc....). I see nothing in add/remove to indicate there is a trace of Office 2003 remaining. I can send screen shots of the registry if desired, but see nothing there indicating 2003 was not removed fully, but could be wrong. I'm fine with surgical edits if necessary.

I've been running Office 2010 for a year with no other problems beyond this and it's possible this existed from day 1 and it just took me a while to notice it..

Any suggestion on how to either fix the dll issue directly, or deal with the 2003 uninstall hopefully without uninstalling 2010 and starting over?


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Hi dear friends.

I am facing a terrible problem on my pc.

The "open with" command disappeared completely from my file context menu.

The fact is that I cannot have alternate choices of opening media files or any files, cause the command is not there!

So please, if anyone knows, tell me the default command line to edit on my registry...or otherwise please provide me the appropriate solution.

My OS is Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

Any other questions are welcomed!

Thanks in advance.

A:"Open With" command disappeared completely from File Context Menu

Welcome to Vista Forums!

If you double-click a file, what happen?

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Just a few days ago I noticed a strange problem. I was downloading a program with Firefox (latest version) and the download dialogue froze up when I opted to save the file. I thought Firefox was being buggy, so I closed it and reopened, but the problem persisted. My next step was to reboot. No luck. I ran a full virus scan with Norton, and downloaded AdAware to see if spyware could be causing a problem. I was clean. I later found that if I just wait a really long time, the dialogue box to choose the file's location eventually comes up. After this, the problem seems to be gone until I reboot. In other words, once I wait forever for the box to pop up, the next time I download something it pops up instantly like it should. I unfortunately noticed that this problem wasn't unique to firefox. I clicked to add a file to my Winamp playlist, and the same thing happened. Winamp froze and a few minutes later the Open File box popped up and everything was fine. It also happened with AIM when I tried to send a file to a friend. This problem was very annoying to google because the combination of words describing the problem comes up with irrelavent hits. I'm very computer literate but this problem confounds me. I'd appreciate any help or insight. Hijack This log available upon request.
EDIT: I'm running WINXP SP2 fully updated to my knowledge, and my computer specs are listed.

A:Programs freeze when "Open/Save File" dialogue is opened.

uninstall the program you downloaded...what was it ?...see if that straghtins out the joy uninstall firefox and reinstall it...somehow in the download it got corrupted

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In Windows 7, whenever I try to select "Open file location" from the right click menu of a shortcut, instead of opening the folder in explorer, it opens a command prompt window with the directory set to file location instead. The same thing happens when I select "Show in Windows Explorer" in iTunes.

How do I fix this?

A:[Solved]"Open file location" opens command prompt instead

Hi, sorry for the delay, we down unders are having problems accessing the site. Both Vista and seven have the option to "open command prompt here" it looks like this has been associated with the context menu "open file location" very unusual. I wonder if Bonjour has anything to do with this (comes with I Tunes) you might prevent it from startup (not needed) under Msconfig uncheck it... is known as Responder has some letters before it like Mdns Responder.exe (or similar thats the one).

I would like to see the contents of this registry key (perfectly safe for you to do) open a Command prompt as administrator (start ,all programs, accessories right click command prompt select "run as administrator" at the prompt type:-

regedit /e C:\Note.txt "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell" & start notepad C:\note.txt
Press enter.

Copy the notepad contents here.

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