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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Double-Click Broken

08 Dec 2010   #1
Gamescook

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 
Windows Explorer Double-Click Broken

I am having trouble opeing folders normally. Every time I try to double click to open a folder through Windows Explorer, I am greeted with the message "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action." If I right-click, I can get in, but it's a huge hassle to use workarounds like that. Is there anything I can do to fix this? System Restore hasn't helped me a lick with this so far.


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08 Dec 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Hello Gamescook, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Try downloading and merging the Directory and Folder reg files in the tutorial below to see if that may fix this after a restart. They will restore the default associations for directories and folders.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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08 Dec 2010   #3
Gamescook

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

I tried many of them, such as exe, link, and reg, and none of them worked. I have installed Internet Explorer 9 Beta, but the problems didn't start immediately after getting that, so I doubt that was it. I can double-click and open most files, just not double-click open any folders in Windows Explorer.


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08 Dec 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

You could also do a system restore using a restore point dated before you had this issue to undo and fix it for you.
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09 Dec 2010   #5
Gamescook

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

I already tried doing a system restore to a whole day before I started having this issue. I'll try bring it even further back into the past, but I doubt it will help.
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09 Dec 2010   #6
yowanvista

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

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09 Dec 2010   #7
Gamescook

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

I tried running that sfc /scannow, but it said that there were no violations to be found. I tried running Malewarebytes earlier today, but found nothing on the first go. I'll try again though. I REALLY do not want to spend up to $160 just for some local repair shop to take their time finding the solution to this, so I do appreciate the help I am getting right now.
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09 Dec 2010   #8
debugged

Windows 7
 
 

In your registry look here:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\command

The (Default) string should have the value: %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe

If it doesn't, then this is your problem.
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09 Dec 2010   #9
Gamescook

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

I know what a registry basically is, but I only really know how to clean it out on ocassion through CCleaner. Where can I find the registry?
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09 Dec 2010   #10
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gamescook View Post
I know what a registry basically is, but I only really know how to clean it out on ocassion through CCleaner. Where can I find the registry?
Just Click the start button and type regedit in the search box. Take great care touching the registry if you are not absolutely sure what you are doing. In any case make a backup of the registry first.
There's a good tutorial here that I would recommend you read first:
Registry - Backup and Restore
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