[SOLVED] Windows 7 – Folders always open in new windows

Problem:

When attempting to open a folder in Windows Explorer, the folder always opens in a new window.

Solution:

Follow each of these solutions until the issue is resolved.

Solution 1: Check ‘Open each folder in the same window’ setting is enabled:

  1. With Windows Explorer (also known as ‘My Computer’ or ‘Computer’) open, select the ‘Organise’ button then ‘Folder and search options’
  2. MsWin7-DefaultView4
  3. Check that ‘Open each folder in the same window’ is selected. Click ‘OK’ to save the changes
  4. MSWin7-OpenWindows1

Solution 2: Use regsvr32 to re-register two DLL’s

  1. Save the following script into notepad and save as ‘FixWindowsExplorer.cmd’
@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"
  1. Run ‘FixWindowsExplorer.cmd’ as administrator.
  2. MSWin7-RunAsAdmin

Solution 3: Repair Windows system files

  1. Open ‘Command Prompt’ as administrator
  2. Type in sfc /scannow and hit Enter

MSWindows-RepairSystemFiles

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