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Cannot open more than one file at a time in Windows XP

by cuccureddu / April 3, 2004 1:56 AM PST

Hi,

I'm having a strange problem in WIndows Explorer in XP Pro:

When I select multiple files in a directory (using the CTRL or SHIFT keys) and then right click to get the context menu, and then choose OPEN, nothing happens. This is the same no matter what type of files I am trying to open.

I was used to being able to do this in Win95, Win98, Win2K...whether with files of the same type or even of different types, I could always open several files at once (particularly useful for photo files)

If I just have one file selected, the OPEN command works fine.

Is this an 'improvement' of Win XP, or (more likely) do I have a problem in the registry somewhere?

Thanks in advance for any light you may be able to shed.

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Re:Cannot open more than one file at a time in Windows XP
by Papa Echo / April 3, 2004 11:39 AM PST

What do you mean by 'Open' ? Do you mean files will open in their own windows one overlapping the other ? After you click at 'Open' do you get the files at the task bar ?

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Re:Re:Cannot open more than one file at a time in Windows XP
by cuccureddu / April 9, 2004 3:20 AM PDT

Papa Echo, in response to your questions:

"What do you mean by 'Open' ?"
- Whatever action the OPEN command on the right-click mouse menu would normally do for that particular file type.

"Do you mean files will open in their own windows one overlapping the other ?"
- Depends on the application. In Excel they would open one after the other within the Excel window, and only the last one would be visible in the foreground, whereas in Powerpoint they would all open in separate windows. I have most applications start maximised, so usually the windows do not overlap, but just appear in the taskbar.

"After you click at 'Open' do you get the files at the task bar ?"
- No. In my case nothing happens at all. None of the selected files open. If the related application is not open, it does not even get invoked.

Thanks. Hope you can help.

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Re:Re:Re:Cannot open more than one file at a time in Windows XP
by David Chan / April 9, 2004 5:33 AM PDT

My XP allows multiple instances to be opened simultaneously. The opened apps are shown on the Taskbar with the last one displayed on the Desktop.

Try running System File Checker and see if that corrects your problem.
http://www.anzwers.org/free/xpdsl/sfc.htm

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Re:Re:Re:Re:Cannot open more than one file at a time in Windows XP

David,

Before I run sfc, should I do a full backup of the hard drive?

Thanks

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Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Cannot open more than one file at a time in Windows XP

Whilst SFC does not change/affect your data/files in anyway you should always backup any files you can't afford to lose.

SFC only scans your system files and replace any that have been changed.

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windows cannot open more files at a time
by npsudheesh / May 19, 2008 3:05 AM PDT

while opening more file in photoshop my system take too many time
and some times hang

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Make that a warranty issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 19, 2008 3:08 AM PDT

Here we see people do many images and never a hang.

You can up the ram to 3.0GB (use the /3G switch please) as noted by Adobe. Sorry, no need for me to duplicate their web page on that.

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