Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Windows Explorer not opening maximized and I can't run SFC to fix it.

2 Weeks Ago   #1
graywoulf

Windows 7 64bit SP1
 
 
Windows Explorer not opening maximized and I can't run SFC to fix it.

A week or so back my Windows Explorer went crazy. When I click on the taskbar icon, WE will open up but in a much smaller screen. I can maximize it by normal means but it won't come back the next time maximized.

I have tried all of the tips I can find but nothing helps. I tried the right click to get to the properties window and setting it to open maximized but that did not help. I have tried maximizing it and holding down the shift key while closing it but that does not work either.

The other tip was to open up msconfig screen and type "sfc /scannow" but when I do that, I get an error message that says I have to be the administrator to run it. No help there.

And on top of it all, some of the filenames are in blue text now and under the desktop header, I have lost the "Recent Places" selection. I had recently installed some new drivers for another program and the problems started about then. I have tried running system restore to an earlier point but my laptop hangs up on a restart every time with an error message stating that there is no operating system. That problem has been around for a long while though. I just hold down the power button to shut the laptop down and restart it normally again which works fine. I can't even do a simple restart these days.

So I am here hoping someone has a solution. This is a Dell Inspiron 17 running Win 7 HP 64bit. The PC works fine otherwise.

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
2 Weeks Ago   #2
FreeBooter

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Open the Command Prompt by typing cmd.exe into Start Menu, right-click on Cmd.exe, and open it as an administrator.


Execute Sfc /scannow command.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #3
graywoulf

Windows 7 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FreeBooter View Post
Open the Command Prompt by typing cmd.exe into Start Menu, right-click on Cmd.exe, and open it as an administrator. Execute Sfc /scannow command.
Thank you very much for that information. That worked in getting the Sfc /scannow to work. After it ran, I got the message "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.". Now, does that mean that running that did not help my situation? I did not restart my laptop afterwards.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

2 Weeks Ago   #4
FreeBooter

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Well you have to see if problem resolved you don't need to restart your computer.


Hold down Shift key and right click Windows Explorer icon on the Taskbar to open Properties and from Shortcut tab configure how Windows Explorer will open.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #5
graywoulf

Windows 7 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FreeBooter View Post
Well you have to see if problem resolved you don't need to restart your computer. Hold down Shift key and right click Windows Explorer icon on the Taskbar to open Properties and from Shortcut tab configure how Windows Explorer will open.
I wish I had good news but no matter how I open it, WE is still opening in a small window and I still see black and blue text on top of that. This is so frustrating. Thanks again for your time and help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #6
FreeBooter

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

See if issue resolves from Safe Mode.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #7
graywoulf

Windows 7 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FreeBooter View Post
See if issue resolves from Safe Mode.
Are you saying to run the scan again from within safe mode?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
2 Weeks Ago   #8
FreeBooter

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No see if the Windows Explorer opens correctly from Safe Mode.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #9
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by graywoulf View Post
I wish I had good news but no matter how I open it, WE is still opening in a small window and I still see black and blue text on top of that. This is so frustrating. Thanks again for your time and help.

Going all the way back to when Hector was a pup, every window remembers how you set it the last time it was open. So if you open any window, then Maximize it, and then close it, it will remember how you had it set the last time you had it open.



OK, this may be an over simplification, but try it anyway. Open the window, Maximize it, then close it.
Now see how it looks when you open it again.


I hope that works!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #10
graywoulf

Windows 7 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechnoMage2016 View Post
Going all the way back to when Hector was a pup, every window remembers how you set it the last time it was open. So if you open any window, then Maximize it, and then close it, it will remember how you had it set the last time you had it open.

OK, this may be an over simplification, but try it anyway. Open the window, Maximize it, then close it.
Now see how it looks when you open it again. I hope that works!
I have lost count for every time I have done that. I even manually set the margins and close it and it still comes up in a small window. It is very frustrating. And sorry for the delayed response. Your post was stuck into my junk folder for some reason as was a lot of other items that should not have been.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Windows Explorer not opening maximized and I can't run SFC to fix it.




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows 7 windows explorer opens fully maximized.
WHen I right click on an image an choose 'save image as' the windows explorer opens maximized without the minimize/maximize buttons on the top right of the window. I can't resize the window either. I have a Dell oem windows 7 pro 64 bit OS. Is this something that dell can customize in their oem...
Performance & Maintenance
Everything is opening MAXIMIZED, how do I fix this?
Suddenly every single program is opening maximized, even items that normally can't. Don't know why it started and reverting back to older restore point did not correct it. All I can find are threads where people are TRYING to get this behavior - I need it to STOP. :mad: Any ideas? Win7...
General Discussion
Duplicate explorer windows opening?
Hey guys, morning to you. I have explorer pinned to the start menu. When I click it, it opens up my computer. When I double click on a drive, that drive opens in a new window, twice. So I have two windows open showing the same thing. If I single click and wait, nothing happens. What causes...
General Discussion
Windows Explorer opening at start up
A windows explorer page is opening whenever my system boots up. I am running Windows 7 Premium Home 64 bit on a Toshiba laptop. This is a recent occurence but I cannot find what is causing this. I have checked the msconfig and nothing seems to be directly causing this. I have also checked the...
General Discussion
Windows Explorer Opening On Boot
It wasn't always this way, but now when I boot the OS, W.E. automatically opens a window. I have gone trough the startup items in msconfig and the start menu's startup folder and haven't found anything related to it. Anyone have any ideas as to how to control this? __________________
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:09.
Twitter Facebook