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April 9, 2005 7:07:35 PM

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Hi again everyone,

I hope this problem will be an easy one ...

I’m trying to assign a hotkey combo (ALT+CONTROL+X)
to bring up Windows Explorer. I can get one instance
of it OK, but I want a new instance of it every time
I hit the hotkey combo.

It works OK on my primary PC (I can get additional
instances of Win Exp every time I hit the combo),
but not on my secondary PC. What baffles me is that
the property boxes are identical on both PC’s.

Is there a command line option that will tell
Win Exp to create a new instance of itself
even if there already is an instance(s) active?

Can anyone clue me in?


TIA.


- Sam
Anonymous
April 9, 2005 7:07:36 PM

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Make sure that the target line in the shortcut contains the /n option,
something like

D:\WINNT\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e


SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:

> Hi again everyone,

> I hope this problem will be an easy one ...

> I?m trying to assign a hotkey combo (ALT+CONTROL+X)
> to bring up Windows Explorer. I can get one instance
> of it OK, but I want a new instance of it every time
> I hit the hotkey combo.

> It works OK on my primary PC (I can get additional
> instances of Win Exp every time I hit the combo),
> but not on my secondary PC. What baffles me is that
> the property boxes are identical on both PC?s.

> Is there a command line option that will tell
> Win Exp to create a new instance of itself
> even if there already is an instance(s) active?

> Can anyone clue me in?


> TIA.


> - Sam

--
Gary L. Smith gls432@yahoo.com
Columbus, Ohio
April 10, 2005 12:20:28 AM

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On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 14:56:14 -0700, Gary Smith <bitbucket@example.com> wrote:

>Make sure that the target line in the shortcut contains the /n option,
>something like
>
>D:\WINNT\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e

Hi Gary,

It didn't work.

I'm going to look into the possibility of using CMD
in resolving this.

I can put the command "explorer" in a batch file,
create a shortcut to the batchfile for the desktop,
then assign a hotkey to the shortcut, and it works OK
- not very elegant - but it works.

-SAM
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


>SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:
>
>> Hi again everyone,
>
>> I hope this problem will be an easy one ...
>
>> I?m trying to assign a hotkey combo (ALT+CONTROL+X)
>> to bring up Windows Explorer. I can get one instance
>> of it OK, but I want a new instance of it every time
>> I hit the hotkey combo.
>
>> It works OK on my primary PC (I can get additional
>> instances of Win Exp every time I hit the combo),
>> but not on my secondary PC. What baffles me is that
>> the property boxes are identical on both PC?s.
>
>> Is there a command line option that will tell
>> Win Exp to create a new instance of itself
>> even if there already is an instance(s) active?
>
>> Can anyone clue me in?
>
>
>> TIA.
>
>
>> - Sam

- Sam
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April 10, 2005 1:24:25 AM

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On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 20:20:28 -0500, SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:

>On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 14:56:14 -0700, Gary Smith <bitbucket@example.com> wrote:
>
>>Make sure that the target line in the shortcut contains the /n option,
>>something like
>>
>>D:\WINNT\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e
>
>Hi Gary,
>
>It didn't work.
>
>I'm going to look into the possibility of using CMD
>in resolving this.

CRUD - nothing there does me any good.


>I can put the command "explorer" in a batch file,
>create a shortcut to the batchfile for the desktop,
>then assign a hotkey to the shortcut, and it works OK
> - not very elegant - but it works.

*DOUBLE* CRUD - now even THIS has stopped working.


Does anyone know where the hotkey entries are made
in the registry?

Maybe this would yield something useful.

-SAM
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-



>>SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi again everyone,
>>
>>> I hope this problem will be an easy one ...
>>
>>> I?m trying to assign a hotkey combo (ALT+CONTROL+X)
>>> to bring up Windows Explorer. I can get one instance
>>> of it OK, but I want a new instance of it every time
>>> I hit the hotkey combo.
>>
>>> It works OK on my primary PC (I can get additional
>>> instances of Win Exp every time I hit the combo),
>>> but not on my secondary PC. What baffles me is that
>>> the property boxes are identical on both PC?s.
>>
>>> Is there a command line option that will tell
>>> Win Exp to create a new instance of itself
>>> even if there already is an instance(s) active?
>>
>>> Can anyone clue me in?
>>
>>
>>> TIA.
>>
>>
>>> - Sam
>
>- Sam

- Sam
April 10, 2005 2:12:53 AM

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*TRIPLE* CRUD - Windows Explorer is crashing even when I just look at it.

(See post in other thread.)

- SAM
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 21:24:25 -0500, SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:

>On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 20:20:28 -0500, SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:
>
>>On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 14:56:14 -0700, Gary Smith <bitbucket@example.com> wrote:
>>
>>>Make sure that the target line in the shortcut contains the /n option,
>>>something like
>>>
>>>D:\WINNT\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e
>>
>>Hi Gary,
>>
>>It didn't work.
>>
>>I'm going to look into the possibility of using CMD
>>in resolving this.
>
>CRUD - nothing there does me any good.
>
>
>>I can put the command "explorer" in a batch file,
>>create a shortcut to the batchfile for the desktop,
>>then assign a hotkey to the shortcut, and it works OK
>> - not very elegant - but it works.
>
>*DOUBLE* CRUD - now even THIS has stopped working.
>
>
>Does anyone know where the hotkey entries are made
>in the registry?
>
>Maybe this would yield something useful.
>
>-SAM
>-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
>
>
>
>>>SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi again everyone,
>>>
>>>> I hope this problem will be an easy one ...
>>>
>>>> I?m trying to assign a hotkey combo (ALT+CONTROL+X)
>>>> to bring up Windows Explorer. I can get one instance
>>>> of it OK, but I want a new instance of it every time
>>>> I hit the hotkey combo.
>>>
>>>> It works OK on my primary PC (I can get additional
>>>> instances of Win Exp every time I hit the combo),
>>>> but not on my secondary PC. What baffles me is that
>>>> the property boxes are identical on both PC?s.
>>>
>>>> Is there a command line option that will tell
>>>> Win Exp to create a new instance of itself
>>>> even if there already is an instance(s) active?
>>>
>>>> Can anyone clue me in?
>>>
>>>
>>>> TIA.
>>>
>>>
>>>> - Sam
>>
>>- Sam
>
>- Sam

- Sam
Anonymous
April 10, 2005 2:12:54 AM

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Sounds like you have troubles that are deeper than simple registry
settings. You'd best undertake a search for malware, because it sure
sounds to me like you've picked up something nasty.

Using the "/n" option in the shortcut has always worked for me, even with
the "Reuse windows for launching shortcuts" option checked. You may have
contracted one of the "can't open a second window" problems that have been
so common lately.


SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:

> *TRIPLE* CRUD - Windows Explorer is crashing even when I just look at it.

> (See post in other thread.)

> - SAM
> -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


> On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 21:24:25 -0500, SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:

>>On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 20:20:28 -0500, SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:
>>
>>>On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 14:56:14 -0700, Gary Smith <bitbucket@example.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>>Make sure that the target line in the shortcut contains the /n option,
>>>>something like
>>>>
>>>>D:\WINNT\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e
>>>
>>>Hi Gary,
>>>
>>>It didn't work.
>>>
>>>I'm going to look into the possibility of using CMD
>>>in resolving this.
>>
>>CRUD - nothing there does me any good.
>>
>>
>>>I can put the command "explorer" in a batch file,
>>>create a shortcut to the batchfile for the desktop,
>>>then assign a hotkey to the shortcut, and it works OK
>>> - not very elegant - but it works.
>>
>>*DOUBLE* CRUD - now even THIS has stopped working.
>>
>>
>>Does anyone know where the hotkey entries are made
>>in the registry?
>>
>>Maybe this would yield something useful.
>>
>>-SAM
>>-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
>>
>>
>>
>>>>SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hi again everyone,
>>>>
>>>>> I hope this problem will be an easy one ...
>>>>
>>>>> I?m trying to assign a hotkey combo (ALT+CONTROL+X)
>>>>> to bring up Windows Explorer. I can get one instance
>>>>> of it OK, but I want a new instance of it every time
>>>>> I hit the hotkey combo.
>>>>
>>>>> It works OK on my primary PC (I can get additional
>>>>> instances of Win Exp every time I hit the combo),
>>>>> but not on my secondary PC. What baffles me is that
>>>>> the property boxes are identical on both PC?s.
>>>>
>>>>> Is there a command line option that will tell
>>>>> Win Exp to create a new instance of itself
>>>>> even if there already is an instance(s) active?
>>>>
>>>>> Can anyone clue me in?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> TIA.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> - Sam
>>>
>>>- Sam
>>
>>- Sam

> - Sam

--
Gary L. Smith gls432@yahoo.com
Columbus, Ohio
Anonymous
April 10, 2005 2:55:57 AM

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SAM fumbled, fiddled and fingered:

> Hi again everyone,
>
> I hope this problem will be an easy one ...
>
> I'm trying to assign a hotkey combo (ALT+CONTROL+X)
> to bring up Windows Explorer. I can get one instance
> of it OK, but I want a new instance of it every time
> I hit the hotkey combo.
>
> It works OK on my primary PC (I can get additional
> instances of Win Exp every time I hit the combo),
> but not on my secondary PC. What baffles me is that
> the property boxes are identical on both PC's.
>
> Is there a command line option that will tell
> Win Exp to create a new instance of itself
> even if there already is an instance(s) active?
>
> Can anyone clue me in?
>
>
> TIA.

Out of interest is there a reason why you don't just use the built in
Windows Key + E ?



--
Steve Parry BA (Hons) MCP MVP

http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
http://www.gwynfryn.co.uk
April 10, 2005 2:55:58 AM

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On Sat, 9 Apr 2005 22:55:57 +0100, "Steve Parry [MVP]" <k100rs_1990@nospam.hotmail.com>
wrote:

>SAM fumbled, fiddled and fingered:
>
>> Hi again everyone,
>>
>> I hope this problem will be an easy one ...
>>
>> I'm trying to assign a hotkey combo (ALT+CONTROL+X)
>> to bring up Windows Explorer. I can get one instance
>> of it OK, but I want a new instance of it every time
>> I hit the hotkey combo.
>>
>> It works OK on my primary PC (I can get additional
>> instances of Win Exp every time I hit the combo),
>> but not on my secondary PC. What baffles me is that
>> the property boxes are identical on both PC's.
>>
>> Is there a command line option that will tell
>> Win Exp to create a new instance of itself
>> even if there already is an instance(s) active?
>>
>> Can anyone clue me in?
>>
>>
>> TIA.
>
>Out of interest is there a reason why you don't just use the built in
>Windows Key + E ?


Hi Steve,

When I do that, Windows Explorer crashes.

When I click (repeatedly) on the desktop icon,
it doesn't.

Now I just have to figure out a way to get
a hotkey combo to operate on the desktop icon.

... or some other option that doesn't cause
Windows Explorer to crash.

- Sam
April 10, 2005 4:29:34 AM

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On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 21:12:25 -0700, Gary Smith <bitbucket@example.com> wrote:

>Sounds like you have troubles that are deeper than simple registry
>settings. You'd best undertake a search for malware, because it sure
>sounds to me like you've picked up something nasty.
>
>Using the "/n" option in the shortcut has always worked for me, even with
>the "Reuse windows for launching shortcuts" option checked. You may have
>contracted one of the "can't open a second window" problems that have been
>so common lately.

I have AVG anti-virus and Kerio firewall installed,
along with Ad-Aware, Registry Mechanic, and PCBugDoctor.

Do you have any recomendations?

SAM
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


>SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:
>
>> *TRIPLE* CRUD - Windows Explorer is crashing even when I just look at it.
>
>> (See post in other thread.)
>
>> - SAM
>> -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
>
>
>> On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 21:24:25 -0500, SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:
>
>>>On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 20:20:28 -0500, SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:
>>>
>>>>On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 14:56:14 -0700, Gary Smith <bitbucket@example.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>>Make sure that the target line in the shortcut contains the /n option,
>>>>>something like
>>>>>
>>>>>D:\WINNT\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e
>>>>
>>>>Hi Gary,
>>>>
>>>>It didn't work.
>>>>
>>>>I'm going to look into the possibility of using CMD
>>>>in resolving this.
>>>
>>>CRUD - nothing there does me any good.
>>>
>>>
>>>>I can put the command "explorer" in a batch file,
>>>>create a shortcut to the batchfile for the desktop,
>>>>then assign a hotkey to the shortcut, and it works OK
>>>> - not very elegant - but it works.
>>>
>>>*DOUBLE* CRUD - now even THIS has stopped working.
>>>
>>>
>>>Does anyone know where the hotkey entries are made
>>>in the registry?
>>>
>>>Maybe this would yield something useful.
>>>
>>>-SAM
>>>-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>>SAM <wylbur[at]ev1[dot]net> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Hi again everyone,
>>>>>
>>>>>> I hope this problem will be an easy one ...
>>>>>
>>>>>> I?m trying to assign a hotkey combo (ALT+CONTROL+X)
>>>>>> to bring up Windows Explorer. I can get one instance
>>>>>> of it OK, but I want a new instance of it every time
>>>>>> I hit the hotkey combo.
>>>>>
>>>>>> It works OK on my primary PC (I can get additional
>>>>>> instances of Win Exp every time I hit the combo),
>>>>>> but not on my secondary PC. What baffles me is that
>>>>>> the property boxes are identical on both PC?s.
>>>>>
>>>>>> Is there a command line option that will tell
>>>>>> Win Exp to create a new instance of itself
>>>>>> even if there already is an instance(s) active?
>>>>>
>>>>>> Can anyone clue me in?
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> TIA.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> - Sam
>>>>
>>>>- Sam
>>>
>>>- Sam
>
>> - Sam

- Sam
Anonymous
April 11, 2005 1:38:25 AM

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SAM fumbled, fiddled and fingered:

> On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 21:12:25 -0700, Gary Smith
> <bitbucket@example.com> wrote:
>
>> Sounds like you have troubles that are deeper than simple registry
>> settings. You'd best undertake a search for malware, because it sure
>> sounds to me like you've picked up something nasty.
>>
>> Using the "/n" option in the shortcut has always worked for me, even
>> with the "Reuse windows for launching shortcuts" option checked.
>> You may have contracted one of the "can't open a second window"
>> problems that have been so common lately.
>
> I have AVG anti-virus and Kerio firewall installed,
> along with Ad-Aware, Registry Mechanic, and PCBugDoctor.
>
> Do you have any recomendations?
>

Spybot and Spyware Blaster

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

--
Steve Parry BA (Hons) MCP MVP

http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
http://www.gwynfryn.co.uk
Anonymous
April 11, 2005 1:38:26 AM

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Steve Parry [MVP] <k100rs_1990@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote:
> SAM fumbled, fiddled and fingered:

>> On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 21:12:25 -0700, Gary Smith
>> <bitbucket@example.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Sounds like you have troubles that are deeper than simple registry
>>> settings. You'd best undertake a search for malware, because it sure
>>> sounds to me like you've picked up something nasty.
>>>
>>> Using the "/n" option in the shortcut has always worked for me, even
>>> with the "Reuse windows for launching shortcuts" option checked.
>>> You may have contracted one of the "can't open a second window"
>>> problems that have been so common lately.
>>
>> I have AVG anti-virus and Kerio firewall installed,
>> along with Ad-Aware, Registry Mechanic, and PCBugDoctor.
>>
>> Do you have any recomendations?
>>

> Spybot and Spyware Blaster

> http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

> http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

I believe (but of course cannot prove) that Spyware Blaster is responsible
for keeping my system clean. Ad-Aware finds the occasional tracking
cookie, but never anything serious, Spybot has never found anything for
me that Ad-Aware didn't.

I'd suggest that in addition to the others, you get Hijack This and run a
scan. It lists everything, good and bad, that has attached itself or been
attached to your system. It takes a bit of work to analyze the report,
but you should be able to identify everything on it. Anything that you
can't identifiy and verify as beneficial is a candidate for removal.

http://www.merijn.org/
http://www.merijn.org/files/hijackthis.zip

--
Gary L. Smith gls432@yahoo.com
Columbus, Ohio
!