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Windows 7: "Browse for Folder" dialogs appear blank

20 Jun 2010   #1
srkMac

Win 7 x64
 
 
"Browse for Folder" dialogs appear blank

I only recently began using Win7, and have recently begun encountering a problem. In any and all programs which ask the user to select a file or folder (Calibre, Mp3tag, etc.), the dialogue that should contain a folder tree, or other explorer options appears blank (see attached images for examples).

I have installed various visual styles, however, the problem persists even after switching back to a default aero vs.

Any thoughts?




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20 Jun 2010   #2
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums srkMac. Try this:

Start> Type cmd in search box> right click on cmd.exe in results above> click on Run as Administrator

When command prompt opens, type the following (notice the spaces) :

regsvr32 /i shdocvw.dll

Press Enter

regsvr32 /i browseui.dll

Press Enter

Reboot and see if problem is fixed. This will reregister the dll files. A Guy
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20 Jun 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello srkMac, welcome to SEven Forums!



If you're saying that you've added "external themes" to your Windows 7, a lot of people have different issues with adding various theme packs, that may be the cause of your issue.
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23 Jun 2010   #4
srkMac

Win 7 x64
 
 

First, thank you both for your assistance.

@ A Guy-

Tried the fix you suggested via command prompt. Returned an error message claiming that the .dll was not found. (Same error message returned for both dll files). Anything I can do? Or is there a way to obtain the necessary dll files (I have no physical media as my laptop was preloaded with win7 x64)?

Screens attached. Thanks in advance.


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23 Jun 2010   #5
srkMac

Win 7 x64
 
 

On a re-read of that error message, there appears to be a problem with dll registry server?
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24 Jun 2010   #6
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Both those dll files should be in your System32 folder:

c:\windows\system32\

Have a look and see if they are indeed there or not.

A Guy
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24 Jun 2010   #7
srkMac

Win 7 x64
 
 

The dll files are both there, but I still get the error message.
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24 Jun 2010   #8
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Sorry srkMac, it's late and I must zzz. Hopefully someone else can help, or have a look when I get back on tomorrow. A Guy
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24 Jun 2010   #9
srkMac

Win 7 x64
 
 

No problem, mate. Thanks for all of your assistance.
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24 Jun 2010   #10
srkMac

Win 7 x64
 
 

Also, it would seem that only 32-bit programs are affected by this (those located in Program Files (x86)). x64 programs work fine.
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