I am not sure what happened, but suddenly the dialog for browsing for a folder no longer works on my computer (see screenshot #1 below). It's not just one application. I have at least two more that has the same isue.

Another issue that I believe is related is that some open-file dialog no longer displays the address bar (see screenshot #2). Again, it is several different applications in which this is happening.

I've uninstalled software that was installed right prior to this issue rearing its head, but still nothing. I know I can just go back to a restore point, but I'm curious to know what happened.

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

Number 1:

Browser for folder

Number 2: enter image description here

2 Answers 2


Looks like someone solved it by running sfc /scannow

  • Man, I wish I could upvote this asnwer twice.
    – RHPT
    Jul 19, 2011 at 14:06

After rebooting, I would do a system restore before I tried anything else.

  • Downvote, really? It was working, now it is not...Go back to when it was working...pretty obvious.
    – KCotreau
    Jul 3, 2011 at 4:07
  • OK, after rebooting...I was talking about actual troubleshooting.
    – KCotreau
    Jul 3, 2011 at 4:13
  • I agree. This is by far the best solution, next to googling around for an obscure error that, impossibly, Google hasn't even heard of
    – surfasb
    Jul 3, 2011 at 5:38
  • I know that a System Restore is the ultimate answer. I was ju8st curious as to whyy this happened.
    – RHPT
    Jul 4, 2011 at 2:32
  • @RHPT I wish I could tell you. I have never seen that before.
    – KCotreau
    Jul 4, 2011 at 2:46

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