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Windows folder open command

Whenever I doubleclick on a file folder, it always opens up in a new window. It is getting rather annoying to have to close all of these windows, and I don't know how to fix the problem. I have clicked on Options>Folder Options...> and then selected "Open each folder in the same window" with no difference. I have even clicked on file types>Folder/File Folders>Advanced, but there is no option to change, the only selectable options are "Find" and "Open". What should I do?

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    Matthew Haynie Apr 22, 2008

    The picture isn't there.

  • Matthew Haynie
    Matthew Haynie May 02, 2008

    Oh, don't worry, I've reinstalled and fixed many PCs before this and I know how to install an OS. Thanks for helping!

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If you mess around in the registry, or install some different software packages that add things to the right-click menu, you can end up with this problem
There's a quick and easy fix for this problem. Open up regedit.exe by using Start\Run and then browse down to this registry key:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell
Double-click on the default value and set it to "none" without the quotes, as seen here:
Windows folder open command - regfolder.png

This will restore the normal behavior.
If you are getting a message that says "Windows cannot find 'PET32.exe'", then at some point you had a virus, or still have a virus. First, make sure that you run a virus scanner to get rid of the virus. Then run the regsvr32 command above, which should fix the problem
I hope this help.
Hands of Time

Posted on Apr 21, 2008

  • Pierre Wepener
    Pierre Wepener Apr 22, 2008

    All likeness this is due to a virus or worm, regardless wen OS start behaving like this your best and cleanest option is to re-format and re-install the OS. You can to this as follows: (But please if you can, take your computer to a vendor or Pro, before trying to attempt this on your own!)

    Reformat you hard drive and reinstall the Operating System. Insert you XP cd in the Disc Drive, reboot, F2 or Del to enter BIOS, choose first Boot Drive as CD\DVD ROM, F10 SAVE. Computer will Boot from CD\DvD - follow the on-screen instruction to delete and re0allocate partitions, the computer will format hereafter and setup will commence just after that. This is not 'job for a person new to this, you will lost all your data if you did not made back-ups prior to this process. Rather to you machine to Pro or Vendor that can help you with it.

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Two options:

Either reinstall Windows

OR

Follow the procedure below

It will be better if you print these instructions since you will need to type many commands later. I'm typing a detailed procedure to recover your windows.


It's possible that somehow your Windows registry is corrupted. But there is a backup. Only thing is you need to manually restore it.

Boot using your Windows XP cd in the drive and press enter when it asks to boot from CD (if it does not ask, then you will need to go to the CMOS setup by pressing DEL or F2 key and change the boot sequence)

Now, when booting from 2003 CD, it asks if you want to do a recovery, press R and you will get this screen:


Microsoft Windows(R) Recovery Console 

The Recovery Console provides system repair and recovery functionality. 
Type EXIT to quit the Recovery Console and restart the computer. 

1: C:\WINDOWS

Which Windows Installation would you like to log onto 
(To cancel, press ENTER)? 



Type 1 and press enter.


Now type the commands I am putting below, one by one per line and press enter after every line.


md c:\tmp


cd system32\config


copy system c:\tmp\system.bak 


copy software c:\tmp\software.bak


copy sam c:\tmp\sam.bak


copy security c:\tmp\security.bak


copy default c:\tmp\default.bak


del system software sam security default



Now, type these commands: (Take care to type the dot as it is)

copy c:\windows\repair\system .

copy c:\windows\repair\software .

copy c:\windows\repair\sam .

copy c:\windows\repair\security .

copy c:\windows\repair\default .


Now type exit and press enter and the system will reboot.

Remove the CD and boot normally in Windows .

If the PC boots in to windows, then do the following:

Start Windows Explorer. 

On the Tools menu, click Folder options. 

Click the View tab. 

Under Hidden files and folders, click to select Show hidden files and folders, and then click to clear the "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" check box. 

Click Yes when the dialog box is displayed that confirms that you want to display these files. 

Double-click the drive where you installed Windows XP to get a list of the folders. It's important to click the correct drive. 

Open the System Volume Information folder. This folder appears dimmed because it is set as a super-hidden folder. 

This folder contains one or more _restore {GUID} folders such as "_restore{87BD3667-3246-476B-923F-F86E30B3E7F8}".

Open a folder that was not created at the current time. You may have to click Details on the View menu to see when these folders were created. There may be one or more folders starting with "RP x under this folder. These are restore points. 

Open one of these folders to locate a Snapshot subfolder; the following path is an example of a folder path to the Snapshot folder: 

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From the Snapshot folder, copy the following files to the C:\tmp folder with the mouse: 
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Now, once again put your Windows 2003 CD in to your CD Drive and reboot using the CD. Again press R for the recovery console.

At the console, type these commands one by one per line and press enter after every command:

cd system32\config

del sam security software default system

copy c:\windows\tmp\_registry_machine_software system

copy c:\windows\tmp\_registry_machine_system system

copy c:\windows\tmp\_registry_machine_sam sam

copy c:\windows\tmp\_registry_machine_security security 

copy c:\windows\tmp\_registry_user_.default default 


Now type exit and remove the CD. Boot normally in Windows and you must be back to normal.

If in case, Windows doesn't boot even following this procedure, then you need to reinstall windows. BUT you can still try a repair install instead of a normal install since that will let your programs and settings remain as they are, intact.

Post back and I will reply with that procedure.

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I have a problem with my computer. whenever i open any folder in any drive, the search window opens. what should i do in order to solve this?


This type of problem normally occurs because some virus called ‘PET32.exe’ , or it can also occur due some other virus which disrupt the windows registry.

. Open Start >> Run or press Window Key + r , this will open the run prompt.

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4. Double the registry key named Default and set the value to none.

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If search opens when you double click on any windows drive, then try this

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I hope this will help to fix the trouble.

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