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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Address Bar disappearing

01 Nov 2011   #21

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Sometimes Windows can be quite the elusive beast!

I've just run sfc on my system (I used /verifyonly first, as a precaution) and it reports it found no problems at all.

Definitely worth a try though, so thanks for the suggestion.

I have a sinking feeling I should just bite the proverbial, reformat and re-install. Sigh. Such a pain though, because it's a big job. I'll have to re-install all my apps and reconfigure them from scratch, since I don't know whence the problem derives.


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01 Nov 2011   #22

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit

The word d-r-i-v-e-r disappears from my posts when I log out.

Before you reinstall:
  • Make sure that all of your hardware d-r-i-v-e-r-s are up-to-date first (just in case).
  • Check if you have all of the OS updates.
Transfer your installers (d-r-i-v-e-r-s and programs) and important files onto another HDD, in case you have to reinstall your OS anyway.

If you end up having to reinstall:
  1. Install all of the OS updates.
  2. Install all of your drivers.
  3. Make a backup image (use Windows backup or a free program like Macrium Reflect).
  4. Start reinstalling your programs.
  5. Once all of your programs have been reinstalled, make another backup image.
Unless you are really annoyed about this problem, I'd wait for a couple of days, just in case someone comes up with a solution that works for you.
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01 Nov 2011   #23
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Another case to show the importance of a good and current back up.
It does help to have an image or your system, updated, while it is running perfectly. An image restore in usually 30 minutes and you have all of your programs and settings right back.
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