Double clicking explorer always opens a new explorer window

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by GregDude, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. GregDude

    GregDude Guest

    This just started happening, perhaps in the last few days. I just want explorer to show the double clicked folder or drive in the same window, same as if I right click 'explore' on a folder item

    These are the things I've tried so far

    1) Control Panel -> Folder Options -> Open each folder in the same windo
    2) Uninstall all software installed in the last week (except nVidia driver and Internet Explorer 8 beta 2). Will uninstall these as soon as I can reboot
    3) Downloaded ShellExView (shexview) and disabled every explorer extension except 2 that are required to run explorer at all
    4) Ran Regedit and checked HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell and HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell for value other than 'none

    Please help if you can. A Google search shows a few people with the same issue but no working solutions.

    Post Originated from Vista Support Forums
    GregDude, Aug 30, 2008
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  2. Do you have a System Restore point that precedes the problem?
    Paul Montgomery, Aug 30, 2008
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    LeeTutor Guest

    LeeTutor, Aug 30, 2008
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    Nou Bary Guest

    Hi, I had the same problem and I resolved following these steps:

    - copy the values data o
    COMPUTER\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\comma nd : (Default) an
    DelegateExecute to

    COMPUTER\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\co mmand respectivel
    but delete the word /separate from de default value and, in case
    DelegateExecute does not exists create and paste the value o
    DelegateExecute from the Open Key.

    At the end, You will have the following value in the ke
    COMPUTER\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\co mmand :

    (Default) -> "%SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /idlist,%I,%L" .

    DelegateExecute -> value o

    After that, the parameter works ok, means, if you select open eac
    folder in the same window or open in its own windows, works as shoul
    Nou Bary, Jan 7, 2009
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    Hank Arnold Guest

    No point in posting a link to an Experts Exchange page. Many of us are
    simply not willing to spend $1000 - $150 USD per year for what is
    basically free in a whole lot of other arenas..


    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
    Hank Arnold, Oct 26, 2009
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