Solved: Drive / Folder in run dialog not working

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whizzbang

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Hi,

I extensively use the run dialog, as a quick way of navigating to drives / folders in explorer, however this has recently stopped working.

If i now type a directory (e.g. C:\Windows) in the run dialog, I get an Open With dialog from which I then have to click browse and type c:\windows\explorer.exe every time - this is getting annoying!

Can anyone suggest a way of fixing this?

Thanks
 
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Welcome to TSG!

Download the Folder File Association Fix from this page:
XP File Association Fixes
Instructions are at the top of the page. To extract the file from the ZIP archive, double click on the downloaded file to open it, then drag the .reg file to your desktop.
 

whizzbang

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Thanks for the advice, However, unfortunately I'd already tried this (I've used Doug Knox's site numerous times in the past!).

Any other thoughts?

Thanks
 
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The Association Fixes restore missing/changed keys, but don't remove any non-standard keys. There might be something extra causing this, so let's take a look:
Copy the text in the following code block into Notepad.
Save it on the desktop as Query.cmd. Be sure to change the Save as Type: box to All Files when saving.
Code:
[plain]Set _file=%userprofile%\Desktop\Query.txt
Set _Folder=%userprofile%\Desktop\TOFolder
If Exist "%_Folder%" Del "%_Folder%"
 >"%_file%" Echo [CODE]
Reg Export HKCR\Folder "%_Folder%"
>>"%_file%" Type "%_Folder%"
Del "%_Folder%"
Reg Export HKCR\Directory "%_Folder%"
>>"%_file%" Type "%_Folder%"
>>"%_file%" Echo
Del "%_Folder%"
Start Notepad "%_file%"
Exit[/plain][/code]Double click the file to run it. It will create a file named Query.txt on the Desktop and open it in Notepad. Copy and paste the text into your next Reply.
 

whizzbang

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Thanks again for your assistance. The output from the script is as follows:

Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder]
@="Folder"
"EditFlags"=hex:d2,03,00,00
"TileInfo"="prop:Size"

[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]
@="none"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore]
"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,00,65,00,2c,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

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\ddeexec]
@="[ExploreFolder(\"%l\", %I, %S)]"
"NoActivateHandler"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\ddeexec\application]
@="Folders"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\ddeexec\ifexec]
@="[]"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\ddeexec\topic]
@="AppProperties"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open]
"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,00,69,00,64,00,6c,00,69,00,73,00,74,00,2c,00,25,00,49,00,2c,\
  00,25,00,4c,00,00,00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec]
@="[ViewFolder(\"%l\", %I, %S)]"
"NoActivateHandler"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec\application]
@="Folders"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec\ifexec]
@="[]"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec\topic]
@="AppProperties"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex]
@=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ColumnHandlers]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ColumnHandlers\{0D2E74C4-3C34-11d2-A27E-00C04FC30871}]
@=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ColumnHandlers\{24F14F01-7B1C-11d1-838f-0000F80461CF}]
@=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ColumnHandlers\{24F14F02-7B1C-11d1-838f-0000F80461CF}]
@=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ColumnHandlers\{66742402-F9B9-11D1-A202-0000F81FEDEE}]
@=""

[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\CirrusShellEx]
@="{57FA2D12-D22D-490A-805A-5CB48E84F12A}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\ClearCaseMenu]
@="{B1A89BD1-F149-11cf-9DFE-00A0241E7227}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\ClipName]
@="{8C98C830-429E-11d3-8EBE-00A0249EABF4}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\IconLayout]
@="{19F500E0-9964-11cf-B63D-08002B317C03}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\UnlockerShellExtension]
@="{DDE4BEEB-DDE6-48fd-8EB5-035C09923F83}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\VirusScan]
@="{cda2863e-2497-4c49-9b89-06840e070a87}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\DragDropHandlers]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\DragDropHandlers\{BD472F60-27FA-11cf-B8B4-444553540000}]
@=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ClearCasePage]
@="{B1A89BD2-F149-11cf-9DFE-00A0241E7227}"

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory]
@="File Folder"
"AlwaysShowExt"=""
"EditFlags"=hex:d2,01,00,00
"InfoTip"="prop:DocComments"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\00nView]
@="{1E9B04FB-F9E5-4718-997B-B8DA88302A48}"

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

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\NvCplDesktopContext]
@="{A70C977A-BF00-412C-90B7-034C51DA2439}"

[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\Command Prompt]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Command Prompt\command]
@="\"C:\\Program Files\\Console2\\Console.exe\" -d \"%L\""

[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\shellex]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\7-Zip]
@="{23170F69-40C1-278A-1000-000100020000}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\AgentRansackHere]
@="{6646F704-1528-4B5C-BAB7-176FA4B5F80A}}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\CirrusShellEx]
@="{57FA2D12-D22D-490A-805A-5CB48E84F12A}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\ClearCaseMenu]
@="{B1A89BD1-F149-11cf-9DFE-00A0241E7227}"

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

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Offline Files]
@="{750fdf0e-2a26-11d1-a3ea-080036587f03}"

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

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\VirusScan]
@="{cda2863e-2497-4c49-9b89-06840e070a87}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\CopyHookHandlers]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\CopyHookHandlers\CDF]
@="{67EA19A0-CCEF-11d0-8024-00C04FD75D13}"

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

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\CopyHookHandlers\FileZilla3CopyHook]
@="{DB70412E-EEC9-479C-BBA9-BE36BFDDA41B}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\CopyHookHandlers\HeShell]
@="{DB8DC413-C0AA-11D0-9545-080009B1C2F3}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\CopyHookHandlers\MyDocuments]
@="{ECF03A33-103D-11d2-854D-006008059367}"

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

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\DragDropHandlers]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\DragDropHandlers\7-Zip]
@="{23170F69-40C1-278A-1000-000100020000}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ClearCasePage]
@="{B1A89BD2-F149-11cf-9DFE-00A0241E7227}"

[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\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]
@=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{5a61f7a0-cde1-11cf-9113-00aa00425c62}]

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

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{ef43ecfe-2ab9-4632-bf21-58909dd177f0}]
@=""
 
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This entry is the culprit:
Code:
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell]
@="none"
This shows the Default entry (@) is set to none, this should be (value not set).
This entry sets the default command to run when you use the Run box.

You can delete it using Regedit:
Click Start | Run (or press WinKey+R), type regedit, press Enter
Navigate to here:
Code:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell
In the right pane, highlight the Default entry, then press Delete
This will remove the none entry and replace it with (value not set)

Or yhe Command Prompt:
Click Start | Run (or press WinKey+R), type cmd, press Enter
Type or copy and paste this line into the Command Prompt, then press Enter
Code:
Reg Delete HKCR\Folder\shell /ve /f
To paste into the Command Prompt, right click the Window, click Paste. If Quick Edit is enabled, the right click will paste immediately.

These entries:
Code:
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex]
@=""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]
@=""
Show the Default is set to a null string instead of (value not set). These entries affect the Right Click menu, so may change which item is shown in bold, but should have any other effect. It may be needed by one of the programs you have installed so best to leave it alone unless you are having problems with a particular program.
 
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