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    I have really messed up my explorer actions...

    i was doing some desktop customization and somehow i got my explorer into a weird state...

    it started when double-clicking folders on the right pane of explorer opened up a cmd window instead of drilling down...

    then i started playing with control panel->folder options->file types... i messed around with drive, folder and file folder...

    i also went into the registry to delete some of the new actions i had created (since you can't seem to delete inside file types)...

    and so the long and the short is... i need to figure out what the normal actions should be for these guys...

    i know i want an explore action on all three (right?) but how do i create this explore action? when i hit "new" it asks me to name an action and name a program... i tried putting "explore" in action and "explorer.exe /e"

    any thoughts?

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    Hello robotdg, and welcome to AO............... where men are men and sheep are nervous?

    You forgot to tell us your OS and SP level?

    Assuming Windows XP or Vista, have you tried a re-installation to your last known good one? As in restore point?

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    Reinstall IE7

    I know it sounds unrelated to your problem, trust me. Download and reinstall/install Internet Explorer 7...l.it worked for me when the exact same thing happened. Let me know how it goes....
    "It is a shame that stupidity is not painful" - Anton LaVey

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    I am running XP SP3.

    I found another site discussing this problem...

    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/searchwindow.htm

    and tried out their quick fix of running this off the run prompt:

    regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

    and everything is back to normal! whew.

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    Thanks for the feedback and link robotdg,

    I have made a note of the solution as I am sure that I will come across the problem sooner or later (thank God for regular customers)
    If you cannot do someone any good: don't do them any harm....
    As long as you did this to one of these, the least of my little ones............you did it unto Me.
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    one more link relevant to this problem...

    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

    it turned out that my declaration that the regsvr32 command i mentioned above worked was premature...

    i still had issues with shortcuts to my recycle bin and my control panel...

    but after running the regedit files from the above site, i can say with certainty that everything is back in working order...

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    Quote Originally Posted by robotdg View Post
    one more link relevant to this problem...

    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

    it turned out that my declaration that the regsvr32 command i mentioned above worked was premature...

    i still had issues with shortcuts to my recycle bin and my control panel...

    but after running the regedit files from the above site, i can say with certainty that everything is back in working order...
    Excellent link

    And thankyou for posting more information. I was about to suggest some ideas, but i noticed that you had at least let us know that it was looking good.

    cheers
    t34b4g5..

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    Quote Originally Posted by robotdg View Post
    one more link relevant to this problem...

    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

    it turned out that my declaration that the regsvr32 command i mentioned above worked was premature...

    i still had issues with shortcuts to my recycle bin and my control panel...

    but after running the regedit files from the above site, i can say with certainty that everything is back in working order...
    Hi there,

    Stupid question. I see scr files it defaults it back. Now if you have malware which changes your desktop background, will this work?

    Thanks.
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