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Windows 7: Windows Explorer taskbar shortcut problems


08 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 
Windows Explorer taskbar shortcut problems

When I first installed Windows 7 last March, I followed one of the threads here to make the Windows explorer taskbar shortcut open to the Computer. Recently the shortcut stopped working so I made a new one and went through the process to edit it to open on the Computer, only I found that the Windows Explorer shortcut cannot be edited anymore, any change makes it stop working, is this something which has been changed in a recent update or has something become corrupted on my os?

For instance if I do this and click apply and OK, the shortcut will no longer work:

Open Start menu > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer. Right click & select Properties.
In the Target box you will see : %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe
Copy paste and change it to: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}




I'm stumped




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08 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vortechs View Post
When I first installed Windows 7 last March, I followed one of the threads here to make the Windows explorer taskbar shortcut open to the Computer. Recently the shortcut stopped working so I made a new one and went through the process to edit it to open on the Computer, only I found that the Windows Explorer shortcut cannot be edited anymore, any change makes it stop working, is this something which has been changed in a recent update or has something become corrupted on my os?

For instance if I do this and click apply and OK, the shortcut will no longer work:

Open Start menu > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer. Right click & select Properties.
In the Target box you will see : %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe
Copy paste and change it to: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}



I'm stumped


Try system restoring to a time before the shortcut stopped working: System Restore
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09 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 

Yeah, I would have done that but I've done a ton of work on this os since it started and I really dont want to install all that software again and set it all up.
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09 Jul 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Vortechs, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It looks like you are using the wrong path for the targret. It should be either one below to open the "Computer" window. The tutorial below can give you more details on this if you like.

Computer - Pin to Taskbar


%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder

OR

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder

OR

%windir%\explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}


Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 

Thanks for taking the time to answer my post Shawn. I tried all 3 that you've suggested there with no luck and I also downloaded the Computer shortcut and unblocked it, it doesn't work either... If I edit the downloaded shortcut from: %windir%\explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder to: %windir%\explorer.exe then it opens to Libraries... could something be wrong with the path to Computer? Also my computer wont allow me to pin the Computer shortcut to the taskbar, it displays a little red no entry sign.
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09 Jul 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yeah, %windir%\explorer.exe is the default Windows Explorer path. If you open the Start Menu, and click on the Computer button on the dark right side, does it open to the "Computer" window in Windows Explorer?
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09 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 

Yes it does, and when I re-add the Computer shortcut back on the desktop it also works.
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09 Jul 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hmm, ok. As a test, see if the below may work.
  • unpin all "Windows Explorer" and "Computer" shortcuts
  • Create a new "Computer" shortcut on your desktop and verify that it works
  • Next, right click on the new "Computer" shortcut on the desktop, and click on "Pin to taskbar".
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09 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 

I tried making a new shortcut to:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
but I am unable to make a new desktop shortcut for Computer that works. I can only go to "personalize" - "change desktop icons" and re-add "Computer" that way (which of course you cannot edit because it's not a shortcut, right clicking on it and clicking properties only opens: Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\System )

If I make a shortcut of the Computer desktop icon and right click on it there is no pin to taskbar in the menu and if I attempt to drag it to the taskbar it says "Pin to Explorer?" Which creates a new Windows Explorer icon that opens Libraries...

I looked back though Firefox History and found the original thread I followed, I tried it again but it does not work, also trying to change it to Documents doesn't work either:

Trick to Open Computer or Documents as Default Instead of Libraries Folder with Windows Explorer on Windows 7 My Digital Life
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09 Jul 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

As a test, you could see if using the tutorial below will restore the "Pin to taskbar" and "Pin to Start Menu" items in the context menu. Afterwards, see if the shortcut will work properly and if you are able to pin it again.

Pin to Taskbar and Pin to Start Menu Missing from Context Menu Fix
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