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Can't open any folders in Windows Explorer with double click


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#1 tristenkw5

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 04:04 PM

Like my title read, I can't open any folders in my Windows Explorer with a double click. It gives me the error message "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel." This also happens whenever I try to open any drives, such as C: drive. I can however run programs from Windows Explorer, and can right click, then choose open to open folders.

I have already done extensive searching on the subject, tried deleting autorun.ini files, tried some registry fixes, with no luck. I'm obviously running Windows 7, 32-bit, on a HP desktop.

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 07:45 PM

This may not be the best solution, as I am sure others may have a better solution, but it might work.

Go to start

type cmd into the search bar

right click cmd.exe and choose run as administrator.

Type the following. SFC /SCANNOW and press enter.

See if it finds any errors.

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 08:11 PM

There could be something malicious messing around with file associations on your computer. I've seen simllar beahviour before when a virus messed around with the .exe extension and made all executable programs inoperable. You may want to consider scanning your computer with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or Spybot Search and Destroy. If you are unsure about using those scanning tools I recommend you head to the Am I Infected? section for assistance from the staff.

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 01:28 AM

There could be something malicious messing around with file associations on your computer. I've seen simllar beahviour before when a virus messed around with the .exe extension and made all executable programs inoperable. You may want to consider scanning your computer with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or Spybot Search and Destroy. If you are unsure about using those scanning tools I recommend you head to the Am I Infected? section for assistance from the staff.

That's probably NOT a bad idea. :thumbup2:

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 02:41 AM

Well the SFC scan came up clean, and Malware Bytes only found 4 minor adware files, which after deleting still left me with the same issue. I'd run a scan with Spybot too, but I figure it's overkill as I frequently clean my system out for such things. Thanks for trying though guys, the more help the merrier.




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