Folder path issues

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drnallen

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Hello... yesterday I was adjusting my themes in Windows XP using different icons. I saved one of my themes and then, perhaps coincidental, have been unable to view any of my files in the folders on the desktop. When I open the folder to view the files, the Windows Desktop Search application opens. This even occurs when trying to view files in my external harddrive. I can see that the files are still there because they show in the properties tab and all the correct commands are in that tab. If I go to the folder via Windows Explorer, I can access the file. I ended up deleting the theme I created and now the few icons I had changed no longer have any image with them. When I go to change the icon in the default Windows XP theme, I get the following error: "windows cannot find %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Icons\Connect.ico and the when I click ok it brings me to the default icons in the system. From there I can choose the icon without incident.

I have not downloaded any exe files and have done a complete adware/spyware, virus scan and they all came back clean. I tried solving this on my own by going to the Registry to look at the User Shell Folders and from a cursory glance all looks okay (however, there is a subfolder under the "User Shell Folder" called "new" that when I open shows the following: "(Default)" under the name "REG_SZ" under type and "(value not set)" under data. I do not know much about the Registry because I know it is dangerous to mess with unless you really know what you're doing. Hence, I do not want to do anything that could severely damage my system when it may be a simple issue to fix.

I did back up the registry keys and created a system restore point. Felt safe enough to utilize the Tweak UI program and the Folder Redirector but nothing is working. Please help so that I do not have to go thru a clean install. Thank you!
 
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Start > Run > regedit > Navigate to

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Directory \ shell

on the Right Pane Double Click on "Default" value And Type "none" in the value data box without quotes
 

drnallen

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I suspected it was something as simple as that. I was just resigning myself to the notion that I may have to re-install the OS. Any idea why this happened so I can avoid this in the future?

Thanks again, you just made my day!!!
 
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