Windows Explorer now doesn't work, please help

  erkmatrix 08:59 08 May 2009

Hi I'm having problems with windows explorer, I had xnview installed and for some reason when I was in windows explorer and double clicked anything in the right hand column window where you view the files for the selected directory it opened them in xnview. I didn't want that so got rid of xnview but now when I double anything to open a directory in the right column window it just comes up with the open with box asking me to choose a program to open the file. I tried to find and select windows explorer but it didn't do anything. Also tried in folder option to reset to default but still does it.

Anyone any ideas.


  birdface 09:31 08 May 2009

Can you do a system restore to a time before you installed xnview.Remember you may loose some programs that you have installed since.

  erkmatrix 12:52 08 May 2009

Yeah I can't really do that as it was months ago when I installed xnview so I'd lose loads of things. Is there any setting I could reset to get it to open files again.

  brundle 13:01 08 May 2009

Open registry editor - start menu/run, type


press return

navigate to


The data for the "Default" entry should read "None", is that true for your system?

  erkmatrix 09:56 09 May 2009


Mine says not set in my shell default, I double clicked it and put in none but it still doesn't open up the directories in windows explorer properly.

Any other ideas

  erkmatrix 09:59 09 May 2009

sorry thats (value not set) it said

  birdface 10:03 09 May 2009

Maybe a daft idea but would it work if you installed xnview again or would that only make matters worse.

  erkmatrix 10:07 09 May 2009

hey buteman, I'll give it a whirl, see what it does, worth a go.

  erkmatrix 10:15 09 May 2009

Yeah it hasn't really solved the problem but just allowed me to open when I double click a file in xnview but I do much prefer windows explorer still as I guess I'm just so used to that. I only wanted xnview to view my vector image files

  birdface 10:27 09 May 2009

Brundle is very good at fixing computers so you are in good hands with him.I suppose it was worth a try.I hope that you get it fixed.

  erkmatrix 11:07 09 May 2009

Cheers anyway buteman.

I've got rid of xnview again. restarted my PC. Have now noticed that in windows explorer that if I right click on a folder, I still see an option at the top to browse with xnview even though I uninstalled it, so it must still be controlling when I double click and coming up with open with cause the program isn't there anymore. I can open a folder directory though by right clicking and clicking open it then opens in explorer.

Anyone know how I can go it to tell my machine to go to open instead of trying to use the xnview still when I double click

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