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Windows 7: Shortcuts to EXE files "Open File location" fails

24 Apr 2014   #1
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Shortcuts to EXE files "Open File location" fails

When opening Properties of a shortcut ...
Properties (dlg) > Shortcut (tab) > "Open File location"
... in the Navigation pane "Favorites" is ALWAYS hi-lited with the non-favorite EXE file in the results pane

Shortcuts to EXE files "Open File location" fails-dud-result.png

No amount of refreshing or coaxing will show the actual "containing folder"
• Selecting the address + Enter/refresh ... no success
• Copy/pasting the folder address + Enter ... no success

There are two solutions:- ... that I know of
  1. add a backslash "\" to the address string > then "Enter" key
    With an additional sore point ... the Navigation pane scrolls down, so the holding folder is not visible.
  2. copy the address from the address bar > open a new instance of Win-Exp > past the path > Enter > manually locate the exe file > ... to finally display the intentions of "Open File location" > then close the first incorrect WinExp window.

Admittedly solution #1 is relatively simpler (just discovered it after 2 years with Win-7)

Are there any fixes for these problems ?

Thank you

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SPECS:
Toshiba Satellite C665
OS pre-installed:= Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit), sp1 (Build 7601) OEM
UI:=Classic Shell Start + Classic Explorer
Windows Indexing = disabled





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25 Apr 2014   #2
Gandalf

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I am not real sure what you want to accomplish.
Do you want to access the CCleaner website or activate the program?
Do you have the Quick Launch available on your Notification Taskbar?
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25 Apr 2014   #3
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Works for me Mine is setup this way:

Shortcuts to EXE files "Open File location" fails-expandshow.jpg


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25 Apr 2014   #4
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Thanks Ztrucker,

With Toshiba + ClassicShell in the Win-7 32bit mix, I am doing some investigations with Toshiba and ClassicShell forums.

When I get some (hopefully) inspiring answers I will report back here
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25 Apr 2014   #5
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

This is what I get when I right click the short cut, select properties and click on Open File Location--A nice clean display.


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Shortcuts to EXE files "Open File location" fails-ccleaner-properties.jpg  
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25 Apr 2014   #6
lehnerus2000

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Works for me Mine is setup this way:

Attachment 315263
Looks like W8 File Explorer to me.
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26 Apr 2014   #7
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Try changing your windows theme to aero and then back to classic or windows 7 basic.
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26 Apr 2014   #8
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Why use Classic Shell with Windows 7? I can see it with Windows 8 but 7?
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26 Apr 2014   #9
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Why use Classic Shell with Windows 7? I can see it with Windows 8 but 7?
Why not, it's his computer. They are called Personal Computers.

If we all thought the same way, most of us would be useless.
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27 Apr 2014   #10
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Hi andrew129260 thank you for your efforts

I changed theme back to aero, and tested in aero then again in classic theme
Exactly the same results. (I was hopeful though, the aero idea had crossed my mind)

Now I am down to (I think) two three possibilities ...
  1. A Classic Shell problem
  2. Corrupted WinExp (free Malwarebytes, 2 hour scan) returned clean
    Not sure if free MAB scans the root kit (?) .. a Q for MAB I know
  3. maybe this problem is exacerbated by the small laptop screen


The misbehaving "open File Location" is not life or death.
The worst case scenario is a clean install of Win-7, which is an over re-action.

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My custom rig with Win-7 Home Premium 64bit with ClassicShell -- delivers results correctly
It is only my Toshiba laptop Win-7 Home Premium 32bit with ClassicShell that is misbehaving
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