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Windows 7: Favorites in Explorer Window not working

23 May 2010   #1
PEBKAC

Window 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Favorites in Explorer Window not working

I know that this has been posted on many times before on these forums, as I just searched for a solution to the program. I went through several pages of information on how to fix my problem and tried everything that I have found thus far.

These are the steps I've taken to try to correct this problem thus far:

1) Right click on "Favorites" in the left explorer pane, and clicked "Restore Favorite Links"

2) Tried dragging a backed up copy (from a previous installation) to :
- Shell:UsersFileFolder
- C:/Users/Username

3) Tried creating a new folder named "Links" and adding the links in from there

4) Checked that the registry location HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile has a String entry named IsShortcut. It was never deleted and is still there.

5) Applied the lnk registry file from this tutorial: Default File Type Associations - Restore

6) Correctly followed the tutorial here: Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane. The registry values were still set to the correct default values for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.

7) Also tried dragging the contents of the afore mentioned backup directly into the Favorites menu, and pasting is not allowed.

I am currently running Windows 7 Ultimate x64. If any other information is needed, please let know. I know that I can access my desktop and "downloads" folders through other means, but I have grown used to using the favorites menu for more than just these two folders.

Thank you to any who might be able to lend a hand.


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23 May 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

It may help, if you have an idea on the cause or what you did prior to the problem
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23 May 2010   #3
PEBKAC

Window 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have a feeling it might have been the CCleaner Registry Cleaner. But, I don't remember running the registry cleaner since I've just reinstalled within the past week.
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23 May 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If that is the case it may be registry problems. Try a system restore from a point that is at least two or three days before the problem could have started.
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23 May 2010   #5
PEBKAC

Window 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Only problem with that is I do not keep system restore turned on after I have all my programs installed. I am using SSD's and I don't want system restore writing to them.
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23 May 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Try another browser. Firefox or Chrome are very good choices.
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23 May 2010   #7
kucing13

 

Don't you make a backup registry when using cccleaner. you could click on the reg backup to change back any modified data
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23 May 2010   #8
PEBKAC

Window 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This is not a browser issue. I am not referring to: favorites = bookmarks.

I am speaking of the navigation pane on the left hand side of an Explorer window (not IE).

@Kucing13,

I have never had CCleaner do something like this before, and frankly, I'm not even sure it was CCleaner. I haven't used it all day, and it was working earlier this morning. All I have done is browse the Internet today, and have not messed with any files other than those mentioned to try to correct the problem.
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23 May 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Go to search, type the letters cmd. When cmd comes up do not hit enter, run as adminisrator

In cmd type sfc /scannow

If that does not work, we will try a repair install.

Repair Install[2]=General Tips
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24 May 2010   #10
PEBKAC

Window 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Here is what appeared in the command prompt window:

Quote:
Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.
Details are included CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log
Added the CBS.log file as an attachment to this post.
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