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This is an unusual problem that I have never faced before.

For some unknown reason when I opened Explorer there was no way for me to see the Computer drive directory. Also when I tried to Save a photo (For example) the popup box did not show the drives.

I tried another File Manager and had no problem. Why isn't explorer working?

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Not sure about root cause, but I'd first try to restart explorer.exe. –  MaQleod Nov 29 '11 at 20:50

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This just happened to me today. When I plugged in a drive, the Autoplay menu would not come up and My Computer didn't show any devices, so I was not able to access any local files.

Restarting the computer fixed it, so it was most likely a bug in explorer.exe. Try killing that process in Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Delete) and then restarting it
(File → Create New Task (Run...) → "C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe").

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Tried but no success. Also rebooted. –  Wayne Ellis Nov 29 '11 at 21:51
    
Do you have any other computers with the same OS? If you do, try copying explorer.exe from it to the non-working computer and see if it runs –  Nate Koppenhaver Nov 30 '11 at 17:56
    
I have one with a Vista OS. I could try that one. I'll let you know it it works. –  Wayne Ellis Nov 30 '11 at 18:52

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