Folder problem

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by John Larronn, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. John Larronn

    John Larronn Guest

    Hi,

    I am running Windows Vista Premium and I have a folder problem.

    I cannot open folders with photos on the desktop. When I double-click on a
    folder to open it, I get the message 'Application not found'. But when I
    right-click on this folder, I can open it with 'Open' or 'Explore'. I have
    also noticed that when I right-click on this folder, 'Compress files' is
    bold but 'Open' and 'Explore' are not bold. I have no problems with folders
    that contain Word documents.

    I have not removed any photo programs. It just happened out of the blue a
    few weeks ago. It may be a virus problem that has changed a registry
    setting.

    Could anyone help me please? Thanks!

    John
     
    John Larronn, Feb 14, 2013
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  2. It might be as simple as fixing the file association.

    Go to such a folder, right click on a file, and when you choose a
    viewer, make sure "Always use this application to open this file type"
    (or similar wording).

    Assuming I read your description correctly...
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Feb 14, 2013
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  3. Also assuming that I typed my response correctly - but I didn't :)

    I meant
    "Make sure (stuff)" *is checked*.
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Feb 15, 2013
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  4. John Larronn

    John Larronn Guest

    Hi,

    Thanks for your quick reply, much appreciated!

    I have tried this, I have tried a few programs but they didn't work.

    It is very strange.

    When I create a new folder on the desktop and I double-click on it (this
    folder is empty), I get the error massage 'Application not found'. But when
    I create a copy of this new folder by holding down the Ctrl key and I
    double-click on it (this folder is also empty), then I can open the folder
    in a normal way.

    But when I create a copy of a folder with photos and I double-click on this
    folder with photos, then I get the message 'Application not found'.

    So the problem is not - as far as I can see - that the folder is opened with
    the wrong program, but it is something much more complicated.

    John
     
    John Larronn, Feb 15, 2013
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  5. Perform a restoration from a System Restore point that was created prior to
    when this problem first occured.
     
    David H. Lipman, Feb 15, 2013
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  6. John Larronn

    John Larronn Guest

    Hi,

    Thanks for your advice, but I have tried this a few times. But each time the
    System Restore fails to do its job.

    John
     
    John Larronn, Feb 15, 2013
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  7. I can't decode what you are saying here.

    "I create a copy of this new folder by holding down the Ctrl key" ????

    If I hold control and double-click a folder, nothing happens. No - the
    second time I tried, it opened just like if I double-clicked without
    Ctrl. Same with Shift, but not Alt...
    Empty or full of photos, no change...
    It kind of sounds like Windows doesn't associate to Explorer.

    I imagine that's in the Registry, but I have no idea where.

    So I suggest you follow David Lipman's advice in his reply,

    Message-ID: <>

    Sorry I can't do better.
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Feb 15, 2013
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  8. Clarify please. Do you mean System Restore says it failed to restore
    your system, or do you mean it doesn't fix the problem?

    If the former, do you run Norton Antivirus or System Protection (or
    whatever they call it)?
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Feb 15, 2013
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  9. John Larronn

    John Larronn Guest

    It says System Restore failed to restore the system.

    No, I do not run Norton Antivirus, but you mentioning System Protection -
    Windows Defender - is a very good tip indeed, thanks! This may well be the
    reason why System Restore fails to work.

    So I turned off Windows Defender and opened System Restore, but
    unfortunately the oldest restore point is only two weeks old. And the
    problem started just before Christmas.

    But that's a good tip, I'll remember in the future to rurn off Windows
    Defender before using System Restore.

    John
     
    John Larronn, Feb 15, 2013
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  10. John Larronn

    John Larronn Guest

    Thanks for your help, much appreciated!

    John
     
    John Larronn, Feb 15, 2013
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  11. Try it again but this time do it from the POV of booting in Safe Mode.
     
    David H. Lipman, Feb 15, 2013
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  12. I have never had a problem with System Restore while Windows Defender is
    running, but I have with Norton.

    Norton protects itself so well that it blocks System Restore.

    What I did when I ran Norton was to do a System Restore, then when it
    failed I would remember to turn of Norton's self protection (not turn
    off Norton, just disable *only* its self protection). I hardly ever
    remembered in advance :)

    I haven't run Norton for a few years (the above is only one reason).
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Feb 16, 2013
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  13. John Larronn

    John Larronn Guest

    Safe Mode is a good idea, thanks, but since the eariest restore point is two
    weeks old and the problem started just before Christmas, it would not solve
    the problem.

    John
     
    John Larronn, Feb 16, 2013
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  14. Sigh - yes :-(
     
    David H. Lipman, Feb 16, 2013
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  15. John Larronn

    John Larronn Guest

    Thanks for your help, Dave, very kind of you and much appreciated!

    John
     
    John Larronn, Feb 16, 2013
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  16. John Larronn

    John Larronn Guest


    Thanks for your help, Gene, very kind of you and much appreciated!

    John
     
    John Larronn, Feb 16, 2013
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  17. John Larronn

    John Larronn Guest

    Thanks for your help, Gene, very kind of you and much appreciated!

    John
     
    John Larronn, Feb 16, 2013
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