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Windows 7: Drives in Computer give a file not associated error

11 Jun 2010   #1
barryzee

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Drives in Computer give a file not associated error

Not sure if this is the correct spot for this but I have a strange situation.

When using Computer from the start menu, I get the page that you would expect. However, if I double click on any of the drives, I get a "File does not have a program associated with it error". But, the drive links on the left hand side of that page work just fine!

Any thoughts.

Thanks for any help and best regards,
Barryzee


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11 Jun 2010   #2
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi Barryzee it sounds like your drive associations have been messed up, a quick google found the attached reg fix for you run it then restart your computer.

warning   Warning
I have no idea how trustworthy this is. Please backup your registry and any files you dont want to lose first just in case: Registry - Backup and Restore I would also recommend making a system restore point System Restore Point - Create


Attached Files
File Type: reg drive_fix_w7.reg (6.5 KB, 82 views)
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11 Jun 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello barryzee, welcome to Seven Forums!



Maybe I don't understand the question but what happens if you (once) right click a drive?

click image to enlarge
Drives in Computer give a file not associated error-right.jpg


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11 Jun 2010   #4
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This is a long shot, but it may help.

First, turn on the display of ALL hidden files, including system files:
  1. Open Explorer
  2. Click on "Organize"
  3. Click "Folder and search options"
  4. Click the "View" tab
  5. Click to select "Show hidden files, folders, and drives"
  6. Remove the checkmark from "Hide protected operating system files"
  7. Click "OK"
Once you have the display of all hidden files enabled (as shown above), go to the each drive on your computer (use the left hand pane of Explorer if you have to). Do you see a file called "autorun.inf" in the root of the drive? If yes, delete it. Do this for all drives.

If you have found any "autorun.inf" files in your hard drives, do yourself a favor and update your anti-virus, then run a full system scan. You shouldn't have "autorun.inf" files in your hard disk.

It's also possible that you A/V program has removed the viruses, but I've seen it a hundred times where the virus is removed, but the trigger (the "autorun.inf" files) is not, which is likely what is causing the errors on your computer when you double-click a drive icon in Explorer - it's trying to run whatever is being specified by the autorun file, but it no longer exists.
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11 Jun 2010   #5
barryzee

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
drives in computer

Thanks for the welcome barefoot kid-
Your image is exactly what I am talking about. I CAN right click open the drives on the right side. However if I double click them to open, I have an association error. I can click on the drives down the left window and have them open. spooky
Best regards,
barryzee

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello barryzee, welcome to Seven Forums!



Maybe I don't understand the question but what happens if you (once) right click a drive?

click image to enlarge
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11 Jun 2010   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.



What happens when you try the instructions offered by Dzomlija above?
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11 Jun 2010   #7
barryzee

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Great minds think alike 8-)

Thanks Peter-
That's actually where I started. I keep my view options to see everything (Hate when MS tries to help me by hiding things) No autoruns. The regfix above solved the issue.

Thanks for the kind assistance.
barryzee

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dzomlija View Post
This is a long shot, but it may help.

First, turn on the display of ALL hidden files, including system files:
  1. Open Explorer
  2. Click on "Organize"
  3. Click "Folder and search options"
  4. Click the "View" tab
  5. Click to select "Show hidden files, folders, and drives"
  6. Remove the checkmark from "Hide protected operating system files"
  7. Click "OK"
Once you have the display of all hidden files enabled (as shown above), go to the each drive on your computer (use the left hand pane of Explorer if you have to). Do you see a file called "autorun.inf" in the root of the drive? If yes, delete it. Do this for all drives.

If you have found any "autorun.inf" files in your hard drives, do yourself a favor and update your anti-virus, then run a full system scan. You shouldn't have "autorun.inf" files in your hard disk.

It's also possible that you A/V program has removed the viruses, but I've seen it a hundred times where the virus is removed, but the trigger (the "autorun.inf" files) is not, which is likely what is causing the errors on your computer when you double-click a drive icon in Explorer - it's trying to run whatever is being specified by the autorun file, but it no longer exists.
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11 Jun 2010   #8
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

that is good news I'll hang on to that regfix then for future use. Glad you got it sorted Barryzee
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11 Jun 2010   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello barryzee, glad you've found a solution that works for you; thanks for the update.
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11 Jun 2010   #10
barryzee

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Ran the reg fix

Thanks severedsolo-
Looked at the website it came from. Read through the reg file in notepad. Didn't look like it would hurt much. Backed up reg & created restore point.

Decided what the heck, I have an image. Ran it and IT WORKED. Thanks so much for the help.

Best regards,
Barryzee

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Hi Barryzee it sounds like your drive associations have been messed up, a quick google found the attached reg fix for you run it then restart your computer.

warning   Warning
I have no idea how trustworthy this is. Please backup your registry and any files you dont want to lose first just in case: Registry - Backup and Restore I would also recommend making a system restore point System Restore Point - Create
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