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If cmd.exe is running (on Windows XP), and I try to open a explorer window by using the shortcut Windows+E, the window does not pop up. It pops up after the cmd.exe window is closed.

This does not happen when I start the explorer from Start/Run or from another cmd.exe prompt.

How can I open an explorer with the shortcut without closing cmd.exe?

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Need you to clarify something please. Do so by editing your post. Does this also happen when you try the Win+E key combination after removing focus from the cmd.exe window? (for instance, after clicking on the desktop?) – A Dwarf Sep 21 '09 at 13:24

I just tried this and seems to work fine

Went to start>Run> typed "cmd.exe">that was the main window, typed windows key and works fine

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It does not work at my computer at home and at my computer in the office. – Anonymous Sep 21 '09 at 12:09
I agree : this behavior is not normal for XP. – harrymc Sep 21 '09 at 12:16
Just tried it a few different ways after ticking and unticking the likely looking boxes in the properties of the cmd window, and had no problem opening Explorer with Win+E, even with the command window running full screen. – GAThrawn Sep 21 '09 at 12:53
Download CCleaner and do the registry fix and see if that fix's your problem – admintech Sep 21 '09 at 13:07
Just be very very careful with what you clear out. Don't do it if you haven't a good understanding of the registry. – harrymc Sep 21 '09 at 15:02

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