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Anonymous
July 27, 2005 4:16:19 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

A helpful subject line, eh?

As it stands, I'm not sure else how to classify it.

When I try to type in the address bar of an Explorer folder (NOT IE; that
works fine), the text tries to autocomplete, but then the original name of
the folder seems to trump whatever I'm doing and my autocomplete type-ahead
is all gone.

Needless to say this is quite frustrating.

I installed a clean copy of XP on a new computer, and all was well... until
I installed -- damn! What did I install? -- something, and it seemed to
make things haywire.

I've been trying to uninstall things I installed recently, but have been
coming up empty...

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Jeff
July 27, 2005 10:30:34 AM

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J. Knapp wrote:

> A helpful subject line, eh?
>
> As it stands, I'm not sure else how to classify it.
>
> When I try to type in the address bar of an Explorer folder (NOT IE;
> that works fine), the text tries to autocomplete, but then the
> original name of the folder seems to trump whatever I'm doing and my
> autocomplete type-ahead is all gone.
>
> Needless to say this is quite frustrating.
>
> I installed a clean copy of XP on a new computer, and all was well...
> until
> I installed -- damn! What did I install? -- something, and it seemed
> to make things haywire.
>
> I've been trying to uninstall things I installed recently, but have
> been coming up empty...
>
> Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Jeff

Apparently you installed some third-party software that is preventing
you from using autocomplete. Unfortunately, only you can determine what
that is. You can use System Restore to go back to a time where things
worked properly.

Malke
--
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
Anonymous
July 27, 2005 8:01:51 PM

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First attempt I would suggest is a system restore.
This doesn't knock out anything in the my docs etc.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport...

--
Manny Borges
MCSE NT4-2003 (+ Security)
MCT, Certified Cheese Master

The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.
-- Marty Feldman
"J. Knapp" <jknapp@nospam.nospam> wrote in message
news:Xns96A021491BE7Ejknappnospamnospam@207.46.248.16...
>A helpful subject line, eh?
>
> As it stands, I'm not sure else how to classify it.
>
> When I try to type in the address bar of an Explorer folder (NOT IE; that
> works fine), the text tries to autocomplete, but then the original name of
> the folder seems to trump whatever I'm doing and my autocomplete
> type-ahead
> is all gone.
>
> Needless to say this is quite frustrating.
>
> I installed a clean copy of XP on a new computer, and all was well...
> until
> I installed -- damn! What did I install? -- something, and it seemed to
> make things haywire.
>
> I've been trying to uninstall things I installed recently, but have been
> coming up empty...
>
> Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Jeff
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Anonymous
July 28, 2005 8:15:59 PM

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Malke <invalid@not-real.com> wrote in
news:erROf9qkFHA.3828@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl:

> Apparently you installed some third-party software that is preventing
> you from using autocomplete. Unfortunately, only you can determine what
> that is. You can use System Restore to go back to a time where things
> worked properly.

I was hoping perhaps someone might have seen this type of behavior before.
Oh well.

Since I have yet to see system restore work right and the system is only a
week old, I'm feeling a format and better documenting what I installed
(which is next to nothing -- undoubtedly its a Firefox extension or
something) is in the cards.

Thanks.

Jeff
July 28, 2005 9:14:22 PM

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J. Knapp wrote:

> Malke <invalid@not-real.com> wrote in
> news:erROf9qkFHA.3828@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl:
>
>> Apparently you installed some third-party software that is preventing
>> you from using autocomplete. Unfortunately, only you can determine
>> what that is. You can use System Restore to go back to a time where
>> things worked properly.
>
> I was hoping perhaps someone might have seen this type of behavior
> before. Oh well.
>
> Since I have yet to see system restore work right and the system is
> only a week old, I'm feeling a format and better documenting what I
> installed (which is next to nothing -- undoubtedly its a Firefox
> extension or something) is in the cards.
>

Actually, my experience with System Restore on clients' machines is
quite good. But if you feel like wiping it and starting clean, go for
it. Just don't connect to the Internet without a firewall and av in
place, and this time only install one third-party item at a time and
test after each installation so you can keep track of what you've done.

Malke
--
MS-MVP Windows User/Shell
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic"
Anonymous
July 28, 2005 10:32:44 PM

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Malke <notreally@invalid.com> wrote in
news:o wt04J9kFHA.576@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl:

> Actually, my experience with System Restore on clients' machines is
> quite good. But if you feel like wiping it and starting clean, go for
> it. Just don't connect to the Internet without a firewall and av in
> place, and this time only install one third-party item at a time and
> test after each installation so you can keep track of what you've done.

I've done this once or twice before, have my own clients, yadda-yadda... my
hit/miss with SR is about 50/50, but as we all know, YMMV. :) 

This malady is one I haven't come across before, and I guess I should
have expected by posting to the ".basics" newsgroup to be treated like I'm
a bit more clueless than I am.

In any event, thanks for the tips.

Jeff
March 3, 2011 11:14:08 AM

Hi,

I've had the same issue for ages. I just discovered that the isssue only occurs when IE is also running. Starting IE doesnt seem to cause the issue to appear in the first place but if the isssue is already occurring then closing down all IE windows solves the problem ie. I am able to type in the Explorer address bar without the typing being cleared.

Hope this helps!

Adrian
August 5, 2011 6:41:07 PM

Hi! In my case, it was the mswinext.exe process. It`s from the MSN toolbar....totally useless for me.

I remove it from the registry, with the msconfig utility, in the starup section.

It fixes my problem.
!