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[Windows Explorer Prob.] Explorer opens each folder in a new window

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//siddhartha//

Stabbing my shoe
I know on hearing the topic, most of you might suggest going to "Tools" menu and then change settings in "Folder Options" to view folders in same window. I tried both options by clicking each individually and applying settings. But it did not work.. Could anyone have a better answer and hopefully, a solution?

>> Siddhartha (http://sidroy.wordpress.com/ )
 

JGuru

Wise Old Owl
Actually the solution you gave should work. Since that's the way to make these
changes. Otherwise you have to edit the Registry & do some tweaking.
 

Vishal Gupta

Microsoft MVP
Open regedit and goto:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell

In right-side pane, Delete the Default Value. After deleteing it'll show the value as Value not set.

I hope it'll work! :)
 

Vishal Gupta

Microsoft MVP
U can do one thing more!

Goto: Tools -> Folder Options and in File Types tab, select Folder and click on Advanced button.
Then select Open in Actions section and click on Set Default button.
 
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//siddhartha//

Stabbing my shoe
Sorry but this did not work too.. actually now i remember i did some settings in the "Folder" option of File Types subsection. Could you help me in setting everything right?? How to set things back to default?? All settings...

>> Siddhartha (http://sidroy.wordpress.com/ )
 

Vishal Gupta

Microsoft MVP
Copy/paste following code in Notepad and save the file with .REG extension. Then run the file, it'll merge the code into ur registry!

Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder]
@="Folder"
"EditFlags"=dword:000003d2
"TileInfo"="prop:Size"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\DefaultIcon]
@=hex(2):25,53,79,73,74,65,6d,52,6f,6f,74,25,5c,53,79,73,74,65,6d,33,32,\
  5c,73,68,65,6c,6c,33,32,2e,64,6c,6c,2c,33,00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore]
"BrowserFlags"=dword:00000022
"ExplorerFlags"=dword:00000021

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\command]
@=hex(2):25,53,79,73,74,65,6d,52,6f,6f,74,25,5c,45,78,70,6c,6f,72,65,72,\
  2e,65,78,65,20,2f,65,2c,2f,69,64,6c,69,73,74,2c,25,49,2c,25,4c,\
  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):25,53,79,73,74,65,6d,52,6f,6f,74,25,5c,45,78,70,6c,6f,72,65,72,\
  2e,65,78,65,20,2f,69,64,6c,69,73,74,2c,25,49,2c,25,4c,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\DragDropHandlers]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]
Hope it'll help U! :)
 
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//siddhartha//

Stabbing my shoe
Couldn't you suggest something that can help me Delete all entries in the Folder type and create new one which becomes the Default when I doublew click on any folder??
 
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//siddhartha//

Stabbing my shoe
Ya sure.. may be that's what I would do 4 such a small prob.. Come on.. There must be a way out.. Otherwise, I can see the whole host of things I would need to reinstall again.. I don't think I need 2 upgrade, 'coz I hve the latest Win XP with SP2 and with all updates installed
 

kl_ravi

Journeyman
Have you tried running GPEDIT.MSC and searching through it ...
Or a thrd party tool like X-Setup.
I will post a suggestion soon ...
 

blueshift

Wise Old Crow
Run 'regedit'.
Navigate to hk_classes_root\directory\shell
right click on 'default' , selet 'modify'
Type in 'None' without parentthesis.

//siddhartha// said:
Couldn't you suggest something that can help me Delete all entries in the Folder type and create new one which becomes the Default when I doublew click on any folder??

Try this:
I assume that you know how to modify filetypes through Folder Options.

Navigate to File or File Folder or both. Then Click Adnavced. Create a new entry named Open. then in the Application used to perform action textbox put this value with as shown including double quotes:
"C:\Windows\explorer.exe" "%1"
Appy it!
 
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//siddhartha//

Stabbing my shoe
maybe my PC is not in a mood to change.. Nothing happened.. Anyways, thanks 4 those suggestions @blueshift .. It was something very near to the solution.. Is there any alternative to this?
Secondly, @kl_ravi, gpedit.msc works only in Win Xp.. Try it for Win XP SP2 with all updates and it won't start the Group Policy Editor...
 

sakumar79

Technomancer
gpedit.msc works for WinXP PRO edition with or without SP2... gpedit.msc does not work for WinXP HOME edition. Is that what you have?

Arun
 

sakumar79

Technomancer
Nope... It is one of the features missing in Home Edition. Group Policies, Easy Security handling (in Home, you need to enter Safe mode to edit Security Settings), IIS, etc...

Try to download http://windowsxp.mvps.org/reg/samefolderwindow.reg and merge with registry... See if it helps... Or, in registry, (HKCR is HKey Classes Root), HKCR\Directory\shell\(default) should always be "none" and
HKCR\Folder\shell\(default) should always be "value not set"

Arun
 
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