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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Oldwest, Aug 3, 2005.

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  1. Oldwest

    Oldwest Thread Starter

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    I recently had to have my harddrive restored as I had some defective memory sticks. I find that Windows Explorer is missing. I went to Search and it came up with a Windows Explorer shortcut and the following url
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories. When I double click on the shortcut that it shows I get My Documents. This is really strange...can anyone shed any light on this? I use XP and IE as a browser. I really miss Windows Explorer.
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

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    Windows Explorer is c:\windows\explorer.exe

    If it is missing your desktop will not load and no Start button will be displayed.

    And when you get "My Documents" -- that is explorer taking you there.

    If you want explorer to open to the c: drive, create a shortcut for it on your desktop (or use the one you found) and right click and select properties. In the target field copy/paste:

    C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e,C:\

    By the way you should also find "explorer" on the Start > All programs > Accessories menu. That would be a more proper shortcut to work with.
     
  3. RealSHARPY

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    You could also try and hit Control alt Delete and hit file then newtask (run) and type explorer.exe and hit enter.
     
  4. Oldwest

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    Thanks guys. I have it now and I really appreciate your help. Problem solved!
     
  5. RealSHARPY

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    No Problem
     
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