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"Open Containing Folder" in Context Menu behaves strangely


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#1 TheEndocrineSystem

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Posted 15 November 2015 - 10:36 PM

When I perform a file search (WinXP SP3) and want to see what folder the file is in, I'd right-click it (from the Search Results window) to open the context menu and choose Open Containing Folder. Instead, the Open With window pops up asking you to choose a program when normally it should've been the folder itself. Trying this suggestd fix (from another site) failed to resolve the problem:

    Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
    Navigate to the following branch


        HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell

    In the right-pane, double-click the (default) entry
    Type the word none and press Enter
    Close Regedit.exe


Any ideas what's causing this? This problem surfaced when I changed a default XP theme with a third party file, although I'm really not 100% sure this is the culprit. Also, Malwarebytes and a boot-time scan with avast showed nothing suspect.

 

Any suggested solutions would be greatly appreciated.



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#2 Captain_Chicken

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Posted 20 November 2015 - 09:52 PM

Is this a .zip file? Thier icon often looks like a folder.

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#3 TheEndocrineSystem

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Posted 21 November 2015 - 01:06 AM

No, it's a folder for sure. It contains several xls documents (right now, I have to copy+paste the path from the file's properties box into an explorer window to open folder). I'm thinking this must be a shell32.dll problem. Not confident about that, though.



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Posted 21 November 2015 - 01:30 PM

Go here and download #198. The page is no longer available and I had to use the wayback machine. Unzip and install. It also has an uninstaller if the tweak does not work for you.



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 06:35 PM

@JohnC_21

 

I'm sorry for this incredibly late reply, I somehow missed the notification email, but thank you nonetheless for your suggestion. In the interim, I downloaded a program called explorer++ and used it to replace the default explorer as a workaround to my problem. It works, but I'm not 100% sold on it because explorer++ comes with its own annoyances.

 

With that said, I'm still going to give your suggestion a try. Thank you again; your post above is much appreciated.






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