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when I click on my documents/pictures etc it goes to search

by riverbrue / May 25, 2008 10:04 PM PDT

and the recycle bin doesn't show the contents but left click creates another shortcut (to recycle bin), and can only be emptied with a right click.
Any attempt to open my documents/pictures/music and I just get the search page.
What have I done?

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Here's an easy fix.
by Tufenuf / May 25, 2008 11:06 PM PDT

riverbrue, Click Start>Run and copy and paste or type:

regsvr32 /i shell32

Click OK

Restart your computer.

Note the spacing is important.


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when I click on my documents/pictures etc it goes to search
by riverbrue / May 26, 2008 7:59 PM PDT
In reply to: Here's an easy fix.

much better. recycle bin back to normal.
from start menu clicking on any of my docs/pics/music/computer new error message:
"this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. create an association in the folder options control panel.
have looked but cant see what to do/what this means."

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Try this
by Tufenuf / May 26, 2008 11:00 PM PDT

riverbrue, Go to the link below and scroll down to line 12 (left column) and click on "EXE (lnk and regfile) Fix for Windows XP" to download a reg file fix. Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.

If by chance you can't run the file do the following:

Press CTRL-ALT-DEL and open Task Manager. Once there, click File, then hold down the CTRL key and click New Task (Run). This will open a Command Prompt window. Enter REGEDIT.EXE and press Enter. Once regedit is open click File>Import and locate that reg file fix, hilite it and click Open.


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when I click on my documents/pictures etc it goes to search
by riverbrue / May 27, 2008 7:30 PM PDT
In reply to: Try this

thanx very much for taking the time to help. this one no difference; same message about needing an association etc. when clicking from the start menu. If this helps my computer will open from a desktop shortcut and so will my documents from a s'cut. all a bit bizarre. however if i create s'cuts for pics and music on the desktop i still get the same error message.

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My computer opens Search
by mdk728 / June 5, 2008 4:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Try this

I'm a network administrator and this has fixed more than one shell issue for me. Start, run, type cmd, type regsvr32 /i shell32.dll and hit enter. Good luck!

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