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Windows 7: Windows Explorer opens new windows inconsistently (I don't want it to)

07 Dec 2011   #1
annoyedaboutwin

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Windows Explorer opens new windows inconsistently (I don't want it to)

I should state that I have already selected "Open each folder in the same window" in Folder Options from the Control Panel.

The problem is that sometimes I will open up Computer in Windows Explorer (Win + E) and double click on the C: or D: drive. Usually the drive will open up in the same window, but occasionally the drive will open in two, new windows. I then have to close the previous windows down, which is annoying.

Does anybody else ever have this problem?

If you know the solution, I would really appreciate that


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07 Dec 2011   #2
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

I used to have this problem when I installed IE8 updates on windows vista, however i cant remember what i did to fix it. did you install any updates recently?
edit: check the last post on this thread Explorer always opens each folder in new window i just remembered this was what i did and rebooted. you could check if it solves yours
edit again: go to start>accessories - command prompt 'right click, run as administrator, type in "regsvr32 shell32.dll" it should give you a confirmation too
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07 Dec 2011   #3
annoyedaboutwin

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by koolkat77 View Post
I used to have this problem when I installed IE8 updates on windows vista, however i cant remember what i did to fix it. did you install any updates recently?
edit: check the last post on this thread Explorer always opens each folder in new window i just remembered this was what i did and rebooted. you could check if it solves yours
edit again: go to start>accessories - command prompt 'right click, run as administrator, type in "regsvr32 shell32.dll" it should give you a confirmation too
Thanks, I tried this, but I'm afraid it didn't work.

My problem isn't that Explorer always opens new windows, only that it sometimes does, like when I click on partitions in Computer (like C: or D.

edit: to clarify, sometimes I double click on a drive and it doesn't open in a new window. It's unpredictable that way.
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07 Dec 2011   #4
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

im sorry that didn't help
have you tried it in another user?
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08 Dec 2011   #5
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

Hi again, go to this link Microsoft Fix it Solution Center: troubleshooting software issues I found this from another source
Click on the second option that says “use desktop features, or open programs & files” and select the run now option second option below “diagnose and repair problems with files and folders” and download the exe file when prompted. Select all the options and let it do its job and please do report back the results
hope this helps
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