Windows Explorer always opens a new Window

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Carl Woodward, May 23, 2007.

  1. Dear all,

    Just recently, (within the last 24 hours) doubleclicking on a folder in the
    list view (right hand pane) of Windows Explorer results in a new window being
    created as if I had done right-click "open".

    I have checked in the Folder Options and "Browse Folders", the "Open each
    folder in the same Window" is selected. I am using Vista Ultimate on x64. I
    installed Wise Installation Studio and an update yesterday.

    Any thoughts? This is very frustrating!

    Thanks in advance,

    Carl
     
    Carl Woodward, May 23, 2007
    #1
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  2. Hi Carl,

    Click Start, type the following command and press ENTER.

    reg export hkcr\folder "%userprofile%\desktop\1-folder.txt"

    Then, type:

    reg export hkcr\directory "%userprofile%\desktop\2-directory.txt"

    Then open the files 1-folder.txt and 2-directory.txt using Notepad, copy the contents and paste them along with your reply.

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    Dear all,

    Just recently, (within the last 24 hours) doubleclicking on a folder in the
    list view (right hand pane) of Windows Explorer results in a new window being
    created as if I had done right-click "open".

    I have checked in the Folder Options and "Browse Folders", the "Open each
    folder in the same Window" is selected. I am using Vista Ultimate on x64. I
    installed Wise Installation Studio and an update yesterday.

    Any thoughts? This is very frustrating!

    Thanks in advance,

    Carl
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, May 24, 2007
    #2
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  3. Hi Ramesh,

    Thank you for answering!

    As requested, here are the reg entries...

    Folder
    -------

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder]
    @="Folder"
    "EditFlags"=hex:d2,03,00,0
    "FullDetails"="prop:System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemNameDisplay;System.ItemType;System.Size"
    "ThumbnailCutoff"=dword:00000000
    "TileInfo"="prop:System.Title;System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemType"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\DefaultIcon
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,\
    65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,33,00,00,00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shell]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shell\Command Prompt]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shell\Command Prompt\command]
    @="C:\\Windows\\System32\\Cmd.exe \"%1\""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shell\explore]
    "MultiSelectModel"="Document"
    "BrowserFlags"=dword:00000022
    "ExplorerFlags"=dword:00000021

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shell\explore\command
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,45,00,78,00,70,00,6c,00,6f,00,72,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,\
    65,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,65,00,70,00,61,00,72,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,2c,00,2f,\
    00,65,00,2c,00,2f,00,69,00,64,00,6c,00,69,00,73,00,74,00,2c,00,25,00,49,00,\
    2c,00,25,00,4c,00,00,00
    "DelegateExecute"="{11dbb47c-a525-400b-9e80-a54615a090c0}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shell\open]
    "MultiSelectModel"="Document"
    "BrowserFlags"=dword:00000010
    "ExplorerFlags"=dword:00000012

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shell\open\command
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,45,00,78,00,70,00,6c,00,6f,00,72,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,\
    65,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,65,00,70,00,61,00,72,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,2c,00,2f,\
    00,69,00,64,00,6c,00,69,00,73,00,74,00,2c,00,25,00,49,00,2c,00,25,00,4c,00,\
    00,00
    "DelegateExecute"="{11dbb47c-a525-400b-9e80-a54615a090c0}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\ColumnHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\ColumnHandlers\{F9DB5320-233E-11D1-9F84-707F02C10627}]
    @="PDF Column Info"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\BCShellEx]
    @="{B22A40F0-BD69-11D3-8D28-006097C82E57}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\BriefcaseMenu]
    @="{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\NOD32 Context Menu
    Shell Extension]
    @="{B089FE88-FB52-11D3-BDF1-0050DA34150D}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Offline Files]
    @="{474C98EE-CF3D-41f5-80E3-4AAB0AB04301}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\WinZip]
    @="{E0D79304-84BE-11CE-9641-444553540000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context
    Menu Handler XXX]
    @="{6C467336-8281-4E60-8204-430CED96822D}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\DragDropHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\DragDropHandlers\WinZip]
    @="{E0D79305-84BE-11CE-9641-444553540000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\BriefcasePage]
    @="{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\Offline Files]
    @="{7EFA68C6-086B-43e1-A2D2-55A113531240}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\ShellNew]
    "Directory"="
    "IconPath"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,\
    74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,\
    00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,33,00,\
    00,00
    "ItemName"="@shell32.dll,-30396"
    "MenuText"="@shell32.dll,-30317"
    "NonLFNFileSpec"="@shell32.dll,-30319"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\ShellNew\Config]
    "AllDrives"=""
    "IsFolder"=""
    "NoExtension"=""


    ----------
    Directory
    ----------


    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory]
    "AlwaysShowExt"=""
    @="File Folder"
    "EditFlags"=hex:d2,01,00,00
    "FriendlyTypeName"="@shell32.dll,-10152"
    "FullDetails"="prop:System.PropGroup.Description;System.DateCreated;System.FileCount;System.TotalFileSize"
    "InfoTip"="prop:System.Comment;System.DateCreated"
    "PreviewDetails"="prop:System.DateModified;*System.SharedWith;*System.OfflineAvailability;*System.OfflineStatus"
    "PreviewTitle"="prop:System.ItemNameDisplay;System.ItemType"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\Background]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\Background\shell]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\Background\shell\cmd]
    @="@shell32.dll,-8506"
    "Extended"=""
    "NoWorkingDirectory"=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\Background\shell\cmd\command]
    @="cmd.exe /s /k pushd \"%V\""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\Background\shellex]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New]
    @="{D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX
    Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX]
    @="{6C467336-8281-4E60-8204-430CED96822D}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\DefaultIcon]
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,\
    65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,33,00,00,00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shell]
    @="none"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shell\cmd]
    @="@shell32.dll,-8506"
    "Extended"=""
    "NoWorkingDirectory"=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shell\cmd\command]
    @="cmd.exe /s /k pushd \"%V\""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shell\find]
    "SuppressionPolicy"=dword:00000080

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shell\find\command]
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,45,00,78,00,70,00,6c,00,6f,00,72,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,\
    65,00,00,00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shell\find\ddeexec]
    @="[FindFolder(\"%l\", %I)]"
    "NoActivateHandler"=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shell\find\ddeexec\application]
    @="Folders"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shell\find\ddeexec\topic]
    @="AppProperties"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shell\OneNote.Open]
    @="Open as Notebook in OneNote"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shell\OneNote.Open\Command]
    @="C:\\PROGRA~2\\MICROS~1\\Office12\\ONENOTE.EXE \"%L\""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\BCShellEx]
    @="{B22A40F0-BD69-11D3-8D28-006097C82E57}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\EncryptionMenu]
    @="{A470F8CF-A1E8-4f65-8335-227475AA5C46}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Offline Files]
    @="{474C98EE-CF3D-41f5-80E3-4AAB0AB04301}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Sharing]
    @="{f81e9010-6ea4-11ce-a7ff-00aa003ca9f6}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\WinZip]
    @="{E0D79304-84BE-11CE-9641-444553540000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS
    Context Menu Handler XXX]
    @="{6C467336-8281-4E60-8204-430CED96822D}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\CopyHookHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\CopyHookHandlers\FileSystem]
    @="{217FC9C0-3AEA-1069-A2DB-08002B30309D}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\CopyHookHandlers\Sharing]
    @="{40dd6e20-7c17-11ce-a804-00aa003ca9f6}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\DragDropHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\DragDropHandlers\WinZip]
    @="{E0D79305-84BE-11CE-9641-444553540000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\Offline Files]
    @="{7EFA68C6-086B-43e1-A2D2-55A113531240}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\Sharing]
    @="{f81e9010-6ea4-11ce-a7ff-00aa003ca9f6}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{1f2e5c40-9550-11ce-99d2-00aa006e086c}]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{4a7ded0a-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103}]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{ECCDF543-45CC-11CE-B9BF-0080C87CDBA6}]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{ef43ecfe-2ab9-4632-bf21-58909dd177f0}]
    @=""

    ----------------

    I hope that is all the information that you need!

    Many thanks,

    Carl

     
    Carl Woodward, May 24, 2007
    #3
  4. Hi Carl,

    The registry settings for "Directory" and "Folder" appears correct. With the Navigation pane (left pane) enabled, what's the default choice that's shown when you right-click on a folder in the right pane?

    Note: "Explore" should be the default action, if the Navigation pane is enabled. If the Navigation pane is disabled, "open" will be the default action.

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    Hi Ramesh,

    Thank you for answering!

    As requested, here are the reg entries...

    Folder
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, May 24, 2007
    #4
  5. Carl Woodward

    Alex Resnik Guest

    Hi Ramesh,

    I am having the same problem as Carl and "Explore" should be the default
    action.
    I would be greatful if you could help me too.

    Thanks
    Alex Resnik
     
    Alex Resnik, Jun 3, 2007
    #5
  6. Carl Woodward

    jminiman Guest

    As am I. This is really annoying. Does anyone have a fix?
     
    jminiman, Jun 5, 2007
    #6
  7. Hi Alex,

    I don't have a final solution for this problem yet, but I think third-party shell extensions may be involved.

    Visit http://windowsxp.mvps.org/slowrightclick.htm and try the steps listed in "Method 2" a go.

    Note:

    1. Be sure to run ShellExView as administrator using the "Run as Administrator" option in the context menu.

    2. Changes you made in ShellExView are easily reversible.

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    Hi Ramesh,

    I am having the same problem as Carl and "Explore" should be the default
    action.
    I would be greatful if you could help me too.

    Thanks
    Alex Resnik
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Jun 5, 2007
    #7
  8. I don't have a final solution for this problem yet, but I think third-party shell extensions may be involved.

    Visit http://windowsxp.mvps.org/slowrightclick.htm and try the steps listed in "Method 2" a go.

    Note:

    1. Be sure to run ShellExView as administrator using the "Run as Administrator" option in the context menu.

    2. Changes you made in ShellExView are easily reversible.

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    As am I. This is really annoying. Does anyone have a fix?
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Jun 5, 2007
    #8
  9. Carl Woodward

    jminiman Guest

    Should I only be focused on "Context Menu" items? If so, I only see
    two non-Microsoft items: Beyond Compare (have used this for ages),
    FolderSizes (likewise) and WinZip 4.1. Could any of the other shell
    extensions be screwing things up?
     
    jminiman, Jun 5, 2007
    #9
  10. Carl Woodward

    Alex Resnik Guest

    Hi Ramesh,

    I called MS support I they found a workaround solution that worked for me.
    Here is a copy of the email sent to me from tech support:

    "Resolution:
    Alex, we tried changing the setting in folder options, we tried a clean
    boot, tried booting to safe mode, explored system restore, tested a new user
    profile, disabled Norton Internet Security and finally transferred all your
    data and settings to a new user profile, using Windows Easy Transfer."

    As stated above they created a new user profile in which the problem did not
    occur.

    Thanks for your efforts
     
    Alex Resnik, Jun 5, 2007
    #10
  11. Interesting one, Alex. Thanks for sharing the info!

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    Hi Ramesh,

    I called MS support I they found a workaround solution that worked for me.
    Here is a copy of the email sent to me from tech support:

    "Resolution:
    Alex, we tried changing the setting in folder options, we tried a clean
    boot, tried booting to safe mode, explored system restore, tested a new user
    profile, disabled Norton Internet Security and finally transferred all your
    data and settings to a new user profile, using Windows Easy Transfer."

    As stated above they created a new user profile in which the problem did not
    occur.

    Thanks for your efforts
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Jun 5, 2007
    #11
  12. Hi jminiman,

    It could be any shell extension, not only context menu items. BTW, see also the latest post from "Alex Resnik" in this thread.

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    Should I only be focused on "Context Menu" items? If so, I only see
    two non-Microsoft items: Beyond Compare (have used this for ages),
    FolderSizes (likewise) and WinZip 4.1. Could any of the other shell
    extensions be screwing things up?
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Jun 5, 2007
    #12
  13. Carl Woodward

    jminiman Guest

    I'm not interested in creating a new user profile just to fix this bug
    in Vista. When can we expect a fix for this in the form of a
    installable hotfix?
     
    jminiman, Jun 5, 2007
    #13
  14. I'm not interested in creating a new user profile

    Perhaps you can create one and test if the problem is seen in that profile also. It would atleast help us determine if it's a per-user or pre-machine problem. After testing, you can delete the additional user account later.

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    I'm not interested in creating a new user profile just to fix this bug
    in Vista. When can we expect a fix for this in the form of a
    installable hotfix?
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Jun 5, 2007
    #14
  15. Carl Woodward

    Alex Resnik Guest

    Hi Ramesh and All,

    I want to tell everyone about my last post about the workaround that you
    should not attempt it unless your really desperate because you have to do
    alot of reconfiguring of your programs after. At least for me I decieded it
    wasn't worth the trouble and reverted back.
     
    Alex Resnik, Jun 5, 2007
    #15
  16. Carl Woodward

    jminiman Guest

    Well, Ramesh, you're the MVP here. How can we make sure the Vista
    Shell team realizes this bug exists?
     
    jminiman, Jun 6, 2007
    #16
  17. This is not a bug afaik, but may be caused by third-party software or other factors. I'm not able to reproduce the problem.

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    Well, Ramesh, you're the MVP here. How can we make sure the Vista
    Shell team realizes this bug exists?
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Jun 6, 2007
    #17
  18. Carl Woodward

    cdf Guest

    Afaic this is a bug, and a very annoying one at that - I end up with a dozen
    or so explorer windows that all have to be closed one by one... Third party
    shell extensions shouldn't be able to change this behaviour, should they?

    C.
     
    cdf, Aug 11, 2007
    #18
  19. Carl Woodward

    Spirit Guest

    In Explorer - Tools- Options - General Tab

    Set to Open Each Folder in the same Window

    Explorer - Tools - Options - View Tab - Uncheck Launch Folder Windows
    in a Separate Process
     
    Spirit, Aug 11, 2007
    #19
  20. Carl Woodward

    cdf Guest

    This is the original complaint - that radio button has no effect.
    Thanks for that idea, but it didn't help either.

    I finally tracked through my Restore Points and found that the culprit was
    the Sony USB driver for my camera - nothing to do with Explorer, so why did
    this break explorer behaviour? (BTW, the driver uninstaller detects an
    unsupported OS, and won't uninstall, even though the Installer was quite
    happy to give Vista a try!)

    Anyway, I now have 400MB of registry dumps from before and after installing
    that driver, but I couldn't see anything in the diffs to explain this.
    Rameesh, I can email them to you if you care to follow up on this. Email my
    display name @actrix.co.nz

    Craig.
     
    cdf, Aug 24, 2007
    #20
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