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Windows 7 – Prevent Folders Opening in a New Window

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When you double-click on a Windows Explorer folder, it does not open in the same window…

When you transfer your files and settings from from your old computer, using the Easy Transfer Wizard to your new Windows 7 computer, you may find that whenever you double-click on a folder, it opens new window.

If you go to Organise –> Folder and Search Options , or Tools –> Folder options… you can set it to “Open each folder in the same window

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However this may not work!!!

Problem: Folders may still open in new windows, even when set to use same window.

Solution 1:

Grateful thanks to David Moore for this solution

You must use regsvr32 to re-register the two proxy DLLs, then reboot

  1. Download RegisterActxprxyAndIeproxy.zip
  2. Extract the batch file RegisterActxprxyAndIeproxy.cmd
  3. Run this batch file with administrative privileges (right click on the file and choose Run As Administrator)
  4. (if you don’t run this as administrator you will get an error message)
  5. Reboot the computer

The batch file can also be created by copy the following into a text file and saving it as RegisterActxprxyAndIeproxy.cmd

@echo off

:: 32 bit and 64 bit
IF EXIST “%SystemRoot%System32actxprxy.dll” “%SystemRoot%System32regsvr32.exe” “%SystemRoot%System32actxprxy.dll”
IF EXIST “%ProgramFiles%Internet Explorerieproxy.dll” “%SystemRoot%System32regsvr32.exe” “%ProgramFiles%Internet Explorerieproxy.dll”

:: 64 bit only (32bit on 64 bit)
IF EXIST “%WinDir%SysWOW64actxprxy.dll” “%WinDir%SysWOW64regsvr32.exe” “%WinDir%SysWOW64actxprxy.dll”
IF EXIST “%ProgramFiles(x86)%Internet Explorerieproxy.dll” “%WinDir%SysWOW64regsvr32.exe” “%ProgramFiles(x86)%Internet Explorerieproxy.dll”

Solution 2:

If Solution 1 does not work David Moore recommends the following:

Open up a Command Prompt (presumably in Administrator  mode) Start > Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt

  1. Type in sfc /scannow and hit Enter

Solution 3:

Create a new user account, and move the documents and settings from the user account which is affected by this problem into the new user account.

This is not an ideal solution – but I used this as a workaround before I discovered David Moore’s solution above.

10 Responses to Windows 7 – Prevent Folders Opening in a New Window

  1. dave September 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    finaly it worked. Thank u so much. I used ur second solution.

  2. Gareth October 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    I know its a year on.. but I did a search and found this post.. just wanted to say.. thanks!! the 2nd solution also worked for me.

    • Alan October 4, 2012 at 6:06 am #

      Thanks Gareth – it’s nice to know it helped you out.

  3. SD October 11, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    Solution 1 worked so well. Thank you so much. 🙂

    • Alan October 13, 2012 at 3:17 am #

      Great!

  4. Lithuania December 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Solution 2 worked! Thank You very much!

    Open up a Command Prompt (presumably in Administrator mode) Start > Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt

    Type in sfc /scannow and hit Enter

    • Alan December 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

      Glad to hear it worked for you.

  5. muaz July 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Help ! the solution is not working for me

  6. Uros November 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Nothing of this work. 🙁 Windows 7 64bit

  7. mon jagger March 6, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

    thank you so much !! i followed sol 2.

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