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Windows 7: Unable to uninstall Explorer++, remove from context menu

06 Aug 2013   #1

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Unable to uninstall Explorer++, remove from context menu

I would love, love, love to remove Explorer++ 64-bit version, which just refuses to die. Followed the author's uninstall steps (in its menu, tell it not to replace Windows Explorer then delete .exe file), nada - it still opens when I double-click a file in Windows Explorer. Here is the Windows Explorer context menu showing "Open in Explorer++" at the top. What should I do - drive a stake through its annoying little heart?



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06 Aug 2013   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

Did you do everything that the FAQ said


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Simply delete the executable. If you'd like, you can also remove your settings by deleting config.xml and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Explorer++.
Important: If Explorer++ is set as the default file manager, make sure you select "Don't replace Explorer" before you delete the application.
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07 Aug 2013   #3

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Thanks. Yes, I completed those steps, and then double-clicking a folder in Windows Explorer produces an "Application not found" error. Copying the Explorer++ folder into the original location restores the default behavior (double-clicking a folder in Windows Explorer opens Explorer++).

Explorer++ doesn't require installation, yet it takes over the folder-opening function in Windows Explorer. Removing the registry item doesn't change this, even after a reboot.
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07 Aug 2013   #4

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07 Aug 2013   #5

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

BlueRobot, many thanks. That worked. Specifically:
Remove it as the default file manager?

Uncheck Tools>Options>Replace Explorer for filesystem folders, or run the command:

explorer++.exe -remove_as_default

Just note that you'll need to run Explorer++ with administrative privileges for the above to work.
My boldface - this was the step I had omitted.

I did not have to use the command: explorer++.exe -remove_as_default. Just to satisfy curiosity, where would one enter that command. It doesn't work in the Windows 7 "Run" dialog.

P.S. I have Revo Uninstaller which I like, but Explorer++ doesn't require installing so it doesn't show up in Revo.
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07 Aug 2013   #6

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I'm guessing you have to enter it in a command prompt
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