Folders opening in New Window.

I can not remember when this problem started, but I know that now i'm tired of it.
My folders upon double clicking create a new window with the contents.
'Open each folder in the same window' is currently checked, and I have tried several of these registry edits that are floating around in an attempt to fix it aswel to no avail.

Any help would be appreciated.

Windows 7 64-bit
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  1. Check to make sure your Ctrl keys aren't being pressed or damaged. Try disconnecting the keyboard and opening a folder to be sure.
  2. tivatar said:
    Check to make sure your Ctrl keys aren't being pressed or damaged. Try disconnecting the keyboard and opening a folder to be sure.


    Never would have thought of trying that, but unfortunately it did not solve the issue.
  3. Assuming you don't have any other keyboard-emulating devices (Logitech G13, Nostromo n52, etc), what type of registry edits have you tried, and were they specific to Win7 x64?
  4. (HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell) was a suggested one, did not say Open.
    And a suggested bat file fix.
    @echo off

    :: 32 bit and 64 bit
    IF EXIST "%SystemRoot%\System32\actxprxy.dll" "%SystemRoot%\System32\regsvr32.exe" "%SystemRoot%\System32\actxprxy.dll"
    IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\ieproxy.dll" "%SystemRoot%\System32\regsvr32.exe" "%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\ieproxy.dll"

    :: 64 bit only (32bit on 64 bit)
    IF EXIST "%WinDir%\SysWOW64\actxprxy.dll" "%WinDir%\SysWOW64\regsvr32.exe" "%WinDir%\SysWOW64\actxprxy.dll"
    IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Internet Explorer\ieproxy.dll" "%WinDir%\SysWOW64\regsvr32.exe" "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Internet Explorer\ieproxy.dll"
  5. Here is a copy of my registry based on another fix I found at these sites.
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/samewindow.htm
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/windows-os-software/53378-explorer-opening-each-folder-new-window-cant-change.html

    They're based on Windows XP, so I copied mine to reflect Win7 x64 (Home Premium). You can bump your values to mine, or copy the code into notepad, save as a .reg file, and merge with your own registry (make a backup first). Reboot after the merge for any changed values to take effect.

    ;--------------------------------------------
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore]
    "MultiSelectModel"="Document"
    "ProgrammaticAccessOnly"=""
    "LaunchExplorerFlags"=dword:00000018

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\command]
    "DelegateExecute"="{11dbb47c-a525-400b-9e80-a54615a090c0}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open]
    "MultiSelectModel"="Document"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\command]
    "DelegateExecute"="{11dbb47c-a525-400b-9e80-a54615a090c0}"
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,45,00,78,00,70,00,6c,00,6f,00,72,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,\
    65,00,00,00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\opennewprocess]
    "MUIVerb"="@shell32.dll,-8518"
    "MultiSelectModel"="Document"
    "Extended"=""
    "LaunchExplorerFlags"=dword:00000003
    "ExplorerHost"="{ceff45ee-c862-41de-aee2-a022c81eda92}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\opennewprocess\command]
    "DelegateExecute"="{11dbb47c-a525-400b-9e80-a54615a090c0}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\opennewwindow]
    "MUIVerb"="@shell32.dll,-8517"
    "MultiSelectModel"="Document"
    "OnlyInBrowserWindow"=""
    "LaunchExplorerFlags"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\opennewwindow\command]
    "DelegateExecute"="{11dbb47c-a525-400b-9e80-a54615a090c0}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell]
    @="none"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd\command]
    @="cmd.exe /s /k pushd \"%V\""

    ;--------------------------------------------
  6. Probably the weirdest suggestion, but did you check if its disbled under folder options? virus maybe?
  7. tivatar said:
    Here is a copy of my registry based on another fix I found at these sites.
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/samewindow.htm
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/windows-os-software/53378-explorer-opening-each-folder-new-window-cant-change.html

    They're based on Windows XP, so I copied mine to reflect Win7 x64 (Home Premium). You can bump your values to mine, or copy the code into notepad, save as a .reg file, and merge with your own registry (make a backup first). Reboot after the merge for any changed values to take effect.


    Did not work, and now my PC takes 3x longer to start up.
    Wonderful.
  8. aggawk said:
    Probably the weirdest suggestion, but did you check if its disbled under folder options? virus maybe?


    Sorry to be rude, but my first post was about 2-3 sentences long. Did you read it?
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