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Windows 7: Windows Explorer - the mystery of missing columns!

30 Dec 2009   #1

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Windows Explorer - the mystery of missing columns!

Hello all, I hope you had a great xmas/family time

I had been having plenty of "not responding" apps and windows, so I did some registry clean thing online.

Im not sure that caused the second problem, but its really weird and Ive never seen it before, in "details view", there is only an icon for each file/folder, but no name, no columns of any kind, just blank. If I RH mouse click where the column name would be, I see a blank where there would be a list of columns to add or remove. Then when I choose "More..." there is NOTHING in the list of potential other columns!

The weirdest part, this only happens sometimes / to certain folders, I am not sure which and I will keep a diary now... but I would love to sort it out but dont know where to start.

Thanks guys,

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30 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

Hello Fred,

Try restoring from a Restore Point. System Restore

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30 Dec 2009   #3

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit

Do a system restore back in time to a point before you began fiddling with the registry cleaner. Those things can cause more problems than they solve.

Then try to attack your non-responsive programs one at a time.
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30 Dec 2009   #4

win 7

Thanks Jonathan and Ignat,

I think I had restore points switched off, I just looked, there are none (OUCH!)

I will do a screen grab next time it happens and also note which folder and under what circumstances the columns do not show.

It's very odd!

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