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Windows 7: An 'Open with' window appears after login

15 Jun 2012   #1
PETStech

Windows 7
 
 
An 'Open with' window appears after login

I had to replace a failed primary drive and so did a clean install of Window 7 Home Premium.

Now, whenever I login in, an "Open with" window immediately appear on the desktop, naming 'Tom' as the file to be opened. Tom is the sole (admin) user.

When Notepad is selected to open the file, the following appears:

------------------------- start of paste -------------

================================================================
Interface List
13...00 c0 a8 d8 13 e7 ......USB Wireless 802.11 b/g Adaptor
11...00 1a 92 6a 22 8f ......NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
1...........................Software Loopback Interface 1
21...00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
12...00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
19...00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
20...00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #3
================================================================

IPv4 Route Table
================================================================
Active Routes:
None
Persistent Routes:
None

IPv6 Route Table
================================================================
Active Routes:
None
Persistent Routes:
None

---------------------- end of paste ------------

What is causing this? How can it be stopped?

BTW, if I choose not to open, I have to click Cancel twiice to clear the window.


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16 Jun 2012   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I waited for someone more knowledgeable to answer your questions - but seeing no posts, I'll step in.

My guess as to what caused it:
Something barfed and wrote a log file or a part of a log file to one of the start up folders and there is no file extension on the file. Thus, every time you log in, the computer tries to open this file.

My guess as to how to stop it:

1) unhide this info: File Extensions - Hide or Show

2) unhide this too: Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

3) look in this folder for the file or shortcut to the file that you keep seeing open:
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
If it is there - delete it.

4) look in this folder for the file or shortcut to the file that you keep seeing open:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
If it is there - delete it.

If the file is not in either of those two places, then you might need to look in the registry for a "run entry" that is causing the file to try and open. Since this is unlikely, I'll wait to hear the results of the steps above before posting how to work with the registry.

If you opt to open the file in Notepad and then use the File > Save As feature, you can locate the offending files location - but deleting the file might not solve the whole issue if there is a shortcut pointing to it.


BTW, the only reason that I can think of for your having to press close twice to dismiss the "open with" dialog box is - the file is being opened twice or there are two such files being opened.
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16 Jun 2012   #3
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

After I posted the above - I wondered if this file was the redirected output of some query enumerating the network adapters. I found some links that might be of interest to you:

Interface List: file opens on Windows 7 start-up | Hourglass8

I keep getting Interface List on start up. - Microsoft Answers
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19 Jun 2012   #4
PETStech

Windows 7
 
 

The two links in your latest post where right on. After enclosing the paths in the Registry for
Google
Update,
googletalk, and
Sidebar,
my problem is solved.

Thanks for the good research/detective work.

- Tom
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jun 2012   #5
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

You are welcome.

That is sad that Google's programers did not deal with the possibility of a space in that path. (I recently found the same issue in a script that I wrote where I did not use quotes as I should have - but I'm just a hobbyist :-)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2012   #6
PETStech

Windows 7
 
 
They're Back!

Well, immediately after a Windows Update, two 'Open With' windows again appear after log on. I checked the same location in the registry and found the same problem, missing enclosing quotes, now for for 'chromium'.

That accounts for one, but what about the second? I searched a bit further and found the same problem under ...Themesth: CurrentTheme also had missing enclosing quotes, and further, so did
AppPath under ...Google\Google Talk\Autoupdate
InstallPath under ...Dropbox
I also noted elsewhere there were instances where quotes might be required but were not. Certainly, there is no consistency (and no universal necessity) in their use.
Arghhh!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2012   #7
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

It might be worth it to create a new user profile - one without a space in the username.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2012   #8
PETStech

Windows 7
 
 
Change User Name

Yes, I thought of that. Just annoys me that this is an issue. It shouldn't be.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2012   #9
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

hmmm, I created a new user profile for "John Doe"
then installed Dropbox using the default settings
restarting gave me no problems

what reg key did you change for dropbox?
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