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Windows 7: Cannot open/access downloads folder

25 Feb 2013   #1
captjoe777

windows 7 pro, 64 bit
 
 
Cannot open/access downloads folder

HI all...

This morning I cannot open the downloads folder. It worked fine yesterday, but today when I tried to open it (I can see it just fine using the link C:/users/joe/downloads) it simply does not open...no error message either. I can right click on it and get to properties...I can even go to recent places and see it there but still not open it. Under "advanced properties" the two options of "run as administrator" and "run in separate memory space" are both grayed out...although run in separate memory space does have a check mark.

Joe


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25 Feb 2013   #2
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If you click on the "Downloads" link of the Navigation pane (in the left column of the explorer window, under favorites), what happens?

Scan the system for possible virus infection.
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25 Feb 2013   #3
captjoe777

windows 7 pro, 64 bit
 
 

When I click the Downloads link the explorer window simply closes and I am left with just the desktop again.

Complete scan with AVG (updated databases) comes up clean.
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25 Feb 2013   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

run a system file checker

sfc /scannow

instructions are below
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26 Feb 2013   #5
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by captjoe777 View Post
When I click the Downloads link the explorer window simply closes and I am left with just the desktop again.

Complete scan with AVG (updated databases) comes up clean.
AVG is not anything good to scan with. Do the scan with the program linked in my previous post.
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27 Feb 2013   #6
captjoe777

windows 7 pro, 64 bit
 
 
no instructions

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
run a system file checker

sfc /scannow

instructions are below
Sorry but there were no instructions.....
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27 Feb 2013   #7
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Instructions are below his sig actually .... SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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27 Feb 2013   #8
captjoe777

windows 7 pro, 64 bit
 
 

the scannow reported no integrity violations.

Also I was unable to get my system (Zotac minimal) to boot from USB...F2 on startup did not give "boot from USB" as an option...

Joe
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27 Feb 2013   #9
captjoe777

windows 7 pro, 64 bit
 
 

All the files are on the USB...is there one I can pick to have the system reboot from USB? The minimag does not have an external drive.

Also I was able to copy the content from the downloads folder by going to recent places...created a new folder on the desktop called downloads copy...then I can access all the files in downloads but just from the copied folder so at least I did not lose any data.
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