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Windows 7: Blank navigation pane in Explorer when...

20 Feb 2010   #1
SomeGuyDude

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Blank navigation pane in Explorer when...

...opened through an application such as Chrome or Word. I can use Explorer just fine normally, unless I try to open up a file. Then I get this: http://imgur.com/Eg20N.jpg

Any ideas? Changing the theme doesn't seem to help.


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21 Feb 2010   #2
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

That would seem to be an error in that particular program. Give a reinstall of the program a shot.

~Lordbob
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21 Feb 2010   #3
SomeGuyDude

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No go. And it does it in EVERY program that opens up Explorer. That means Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, GIMP, MS Word, Foobar2000, Sony Vegas, REAPER, etc. I can't reinstall ALL of them.
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21 Feb 2010   #4
Prisoner

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Might be the theme? :3

On a side note, those are Token icons, aye?
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21 Feb 2010   #5
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Whatever you've installed to change the appearance seems to be the obvious issue.
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21 Feb 2010   #6
SomeGuyDude

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Any idea which file would control this? Explorer.exe, explorerframe.dll, shell32.dll?
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21 Feb 2010   #7
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post
Any idea which file would control this? Explorer.exe, explorerframe.dll, shell32.dll?
Try changing the theme to a default Windows one to see if that affects it.

~Lordbob
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21 Feb 2010   #8
SomeGuyDude

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Solved!

Turns out that you don't want to replace the files in SysWOW64 when changing themes, only the files in system32. I did the "sfc /scannow" and only replaced the ExplorerFrame.dll in system32 and everything's working again.

Dang Windows directory confusion...
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21 Feb 2010   #9
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post
Solved!

Turns out that you don't want to replace the files in SysWOW64 when changing themes, only the files in system32. I did the "sfc /scannow" and only replaced the ExplorerFrame.dll in system32 and everything's working again.

Dang Windows directory confusion...
WOW64 is windows on windows x64 emulation layer - why change there in the first place?
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21 Feb 2010   #10
SomeGuyDude

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well because I don't have a dang clue what I'm doing, apparently.

See, as I was unaware of what "WOW" was, I just figured that since I'm installing 64-bit stuff, it should go in the system folder that's labeled with a "64". Call it "I haven't used Windows since 2007" logic.
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