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Windows 7: Unable to read contents of folder

04 Jan 2015   #1

Windows 7 HP 64 bit, Windows 8.1 64bit
Unable to read contents of folder

This is a recent occurrence, maybe related to a new windows update item. Clicking on (say) the Documents folder will not open the folder. Instead the system puts the item on the task bar. Clicking on the task bar item does nothing, it simply sits there. Can anyone shed some light on this problem and, if possible, suggest a fix, please?
Any assistance greatly appreciated. (Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit).

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04 Jan 2015   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit's Windows Repair (All in One) may be one solution. Accept the default checks [such as file associations, etc] and perhaps add icon repair. There are many others far wiser than I who will also add their ideas and solutions, heed them :)
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04 Jan 2015   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Tyronekay, and welcome to Seven Forums.

When you hover the pointer over the folder's icon on the taskbar, so you see the taskbar thumbnail preview for it?

If so, then the folder window may be offscreen. To test this, see if using the tutorial below to drag the window back on-screen may help. :)

Offscreen Window - Move Back to Desktop
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