Windows Explorer (renamed to File Explorer in Windows 8) is the file manager that comes with Windows and is not to be confused with Internet Explorer which is Windows' default Web browser.

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Explorer.exe COMRuntime error: unexisting user can't get access permissions to COM server

since explorer has no appid, it's not possible to find relevant DCOM component in Component Services. I tried editing access rights in Elevated-Unelevated Explorer Factory component and editing ...
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How to diagnose right-click menu slowness?

Is there a way to find specifically what's causing Windows 7 explorer slowness, like right-click menu delay and even opening new explorer windows/drives/folders? Slowness when opening new explorer ...
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Different windows explorer icon/grouping domain user vs local user

I recently rebuilt my laptop because I needed to go up to a larger HDD. I reloaded all software from home under a local user. Then I fired up my vpn software and joined the domain from home. But I ...
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How to Change context menu of windows Explorer

i want to edit context menu of windows Explorer. and i want to create my own menu with sub menu as shown in image. and also do some task like copy and move to other destination. Can any one please ...
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New user profile cannot run explorer.exe after transferring data from old profile why?

User profile on a win7 64 Ultimate got corrupted (and windows would create a default fallback profile on each login). I created a new profile (an administer) and transfered exiting profile files into ...
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Weird windows explorer behavior

Recently my windows 7 64bit windows explorer is working weird. First F2 for renaming a file or folder doesn't work. same for right-click -> rename. It has 2 empty(zero-size) unknown(no name, no ext, ...
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Move folders to Library and they disappeared (permissions)

Windows 7 Professional I had a large number of files in a folder. I moved these files (selected and dragged them in Windows Explorer) to the users Documents Library (I meant to get their My ...
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Fastest way to create a Shortcut ignoring drive mapping

When I create a shortcut to a network file using standard Windows Explorer "Right-click -> Create Shortcut", the shortcut link takes advantage of my network drive mapping, which substitutes a single ...
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Button or Shortcut in for Windows Explorer to quickly hide/show the navigation pane [duplicate]

For Windows 7/8/2008/2012 and above... How can i create a button or shortcut in for Windows Explorer to quickly hide or show the navigation pane... With the Preview Pane we can use the keyboard ...
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How do I run more than one Windows Explorer?

Up until this morning I could run several Windows Explorer session at the same time, but we have just had an "upgrade", and now, selecting Start->My Documents just restores focus to the existing ...
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Right click folder in Windows Explorer and Search with Total Commander?

I often use Total Commander to search files and folder in windows. Is there a way to set a right click option to open Total Commander and have it automatically set to search the folder i'm in? For ...
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Why doesn't Windows explorer show the file name in Windows 8

This is a rather strange issue. Whenever, I select a folder on my server (Windows 7 Ultimate) from Windows 8.1 the explorer windows shows little boxes for the folders and files inside that network ...
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Error 'shell:::{52205fd8-5dfb-447d-801a-d0b52f2e83e1}, this file has no program associated…'

In a unattended installation of Windows 8.1 x64 (where I've removed some components) the next error will occurs when I try to start the Explorer process from commandline, or doing a double-click on ...
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Cannot open powercfg.cpl

I cannot open powercfg.cpl When i was opening control panel, windows explorer stopped working and shows "windows explorer is restarting". but control panel is not opening. I went to windows ...
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How do I stop explorer.exe from crashing with Data Execution Prevention (windows XP)

At least once a day or more my explorer.exe crashes with the error "Data Execution Prevention - To help protect your computer, Windows has closed this program. Windows Explorer [Close Message]" ...
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I need a file explorer for windows that make moving files easy [duplicate]

I am a game developer, and sometimes I have to download lots of images on a .zip, rename them, move them to my scripts folder, run the scripts, then move them to my game assets folder. On OSX this is ...
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How to list recent places items without explore then

On windows 7, I need to click to "Recent places" to see it. How to see all folders at the same level of desktop or download (right column of explorer) ? The aim is to delete the step of the click, ...
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How I bring all explorer.exe windows to the front at the same time like OSX Finder do?

Well, I am working in a big game project, and I must sometimes copy and move massive amount of files between several folders, it is not uncommon to have to work with 3 or even 4 folders at once. On ...
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Viewing Adobe pdf file's first page as a thumbnail on windows 7 explorer

I'm using windows 7 64-bit. I installed Adobe CS6, and Adobe Acrobat X Pro. There was a problem with viewing first page of pdf file as thumbnail. I couldn't find official solution. Then I tried ...
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How to set a picture/wallpaper as folder's background

How can I set desired wallpaper in folder's background(not a thumbnail view) in windows 7 without any special software? I want to put a picture instead of white background of a folder.(I know this ...
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Explorer Won't Open Music Directory

Windows 8.1 Hello, I'm trying to open my Music folder in Explorer, so I can go through and delete a few songs. I have about 122 songs in the directory now, plus two folders. I can Save files to the ...
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Unable to see a folder in Windows Explorer, able to in elevated command prompt

Using Win7 Home, I have a folder X under c:\users\myuser\documents. I cannot see it in Windows Explorer, though I can see it and access it from an elevated command prompt (cd X, dir X). All other ...
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Windows 8: Sync Explorer's Favorites with Explorer's Pinned folders

I'd like to sync these two folders, maybe with symlink, but unfortunately I can't find the directory where Windows 8 puts the pinned folders from the Explorer's icon in the taskbar. Screenshots to ...
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change icon sizes in only one folder on Windows 8.1

I would like to have the icons in a particular folder (and its subfolders) be displayed according to the "large icons" preset. However, if I go to view and select "large icons" in explorer, this ...
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What causes Windows Photo Viewer to stretch an image on occasion?

I had an image on my harddrive of Dusk Maiden of Amnesia which in the thumbnails looked perfectly fine however when i went to view it in Windows Photo Viewer to see how large it was the image's ...
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What does the $, % symbol represent in terms of directories?

1) I know if you type %TEMP% into run, it will open that folder. But what does % mean/do? 2) Also, when I'm at work and I type in \\computername\c$ into windows explorer , it will go to the specified ...
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Windows Explorer forgets vertical position after navigating back

I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and I'm having some weird behavior. In Windows Explorer, I'm viewing a directory with lots of sub-directories in "Details" view. I'm scrolled down a bit (see 1st ...
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USB Flash Drive folders not opening but a command exe.corrupt appears

Whenever i try to open the folders in my USB Flash Drive on my laptop with windows 8, it says EXE corrupted. How to open the folders?
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Disable Drag (not drop) in the Windows Explorer Navigation Pane

I find myself occasionally grabbing some random folder and dropping it into some other random folder in the Windows Explorer navigation pane (the left hand pane with the folder list). The really big ...
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How do I increase the size of the titlebar and window border padding on Windows 8?

This question talks about changing the Titlebar and Window Border Padding so that it is smaller. What if I want it back to its original size? As seen in the picture above, I cannot change it from ...
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Windows explorer runs slow when ms word has a large file open

When I open larger documents in word (~2MB) all the explorer features in windows 7 go slow (10-15 second delay to do anything with task manager, start button, file folders etc). I don't get this ...
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How to prevent This PC node from automatically expanding when I open File Explorer?

How do I prevent the "This PC" node from automatically expanding each time I open Windows Explorer/File Explorer on Windows? There must be a registry key somewhere, but I cannot find it. I have ...
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Explorer.exe does not load on login, need to manually run it every time

Is there any solution to this. Every time I log in, I have to manually start explorer.exe from Task Manager > New Task(Run) > Explorer.exe I am on Winodws 7 64 Bit.
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Disable localized sorting in Windows Explorer

I live in Denmark where we have some regional letters. These also have alternative spelling e.g. å can be spelled as aa, but these are practically never used. Though I have an English Windows 7 ...
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Launch each Windows Explorer window in a separete process

Win7 Win64. I configured Windows Explorer in Tools > Folder Options > View > Launch folder windows in a separate process. It is checked, to make sure I rebooted Windows and it was still checked. ...
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securitymanager.dll Exception access violation (c0000005)

I have a problem with Explorer.exe, it keeps crashing after it ran for a minute and 5 seconds (says Soluto). I am experiencing this problem since I edited the file/folder permissions of Program Files ...
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How to identify the cause of a crash in the context menu

When I right-click on a file in an open-dialog it makes the underlying application crash "once-in-a-while". This happens in many applications such as Total Commander and Visual Studio . The ...
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Remove 'Homegroup' and 'Network' from left pane?

How can I go about removing the 'Homegroup' and 'Network' tabs in the left pane of the explorer in Windows 8.1? I tried Windows 7 Navigation Pane Customizer, but it was very glitchy and didn't work ...
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sort 'like a library' in windows explorer (omit 'The ', 'A ', 'An', etc)

Is there a way to sort 'like a library' in windows explorer (omit 'The ', 'A ' and 'An ' from file names for the purpose of sorting)? i.e. current behavior (sorted as Windows would normally do with ...
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How to delete a user's folder in Windows 8.1?

I have a laptop which is being given to a different employee. I added a new Administrator account and deleted the old one. I deleted the User from the Windows 8.1 user utility thingy. So the user is ...
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%PATH% in Explorer bar causes error

When I type "%PATH%" in the address bar of Explorer, I get the error "Windows can't find ...
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Unable to safely remove my harddrive since explorer.exe is holding on to it

I am Unable to safely remove my harddrive since explorer.exe is holding on to it. I tested this with process explorer and it says there is a handle to F: being used by the explorer.exe. I restarted ...
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Icon generator to emulate Windows 7 folder with contents

(Note: I didn't know how to properly word this question: improvements are welcome!) I'm looking for an utility (whether desktop or online service) to create folder icons in the same way as Windows 7 ...
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Explorer windows prevent Windows's shutdown

You know, sometimes, if you have, say, Microsoft Word with an unsaved document open and you try to shut your PC down, Windows will tell you that programs are preventing shutdown, and ask you if you'd ...
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Adobe reader windows keep focus when closing one of multiple windows

It's been a recurring annoyance for as long as I can remember: suppose you have a few pdf documents open in Adobe Reader, latest version (11.0.06), on windows 7 64 bit. For some reason, you want some ...
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Changing explorer.exe's default path makes explorer processes stay open

I wanted to change File Explorer's default folder to My Computer, using either: %windir%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} or %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder ...
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Chrome won't download/Internet Explorer opens on own

All of a sudden my Chrome browser won't download the complete file of whatever it is I'm trying to get. What I get says either that it is a incomplete file (and they are much smaller than the one I ...
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What is the Dr.Watson postmortem debugger?

Sometimes I get a message explorer.exe has stopped working.Then after I click the Don't send error report button my icons and taskbar disappears. Then a Dr.Watson postmortem debugger error appears. ...
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How can I get the explorer process back which has gone missing?

When I boot up the system stalls just past the welcome screen. I.e. the welcome screen is replaced by a blank screen sporting my custom background colour. Then it halts and won't go any further. I ...
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How can I set temporary environment for explorer (renewed) [duplicate]

On windows 8.1 command prompt (cmd.exe) I can change environment variables, i.e. path. When I then start an explorer instance, that instance takes the default (its parents?) environment, not the one ...