Shortut Properties Wont Close

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
March 12, 2010 at 00:07:44
Specs: Windows XP
Here's an odd one - and I can't find any examples on the interweb of anyone else suffering this.

We do not have local admin on our work PCs, but we can still add right-click menu actions to our file types via the GUI, or by adding to the registry via perl (some of the registry is writeable).

I recently added a shortcut to launch a compiler perl script to folders. When I did this, explorer lost its "default" action for folders (even though I did it via the GUI, and changed nothing else), and started opening search windows on double clicks.

I fixed this by restorting the defaults in the registry by writing a perl script. However, since then I now have the following odd behaviour:

When I do properties on any shortcut, it works fine ,until I click "Find Target". Once clicked, the target folder is opened, but the original properties page becomes broken (all other buttons work fine to my knowledge).

By broken, I mean when you change tab, the redrawing is not done properly, and you get half draw controls of both old and new tab. Also, none of the Ok / Cancel / X button work, so I cannot close the dialog.

Each time this happens I have to spend a few minutes randomly changes tabs back and forwards and repeatedly hitting cancel / ok, until eventually the dialog closes.

Has anyone seen anything like this before, or have any idea how to fix it???

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March 29, 2010 at 00:21:55
So, nothing then. No ideas by anyone?

Experts - lol!

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March 29, 2010 at 12:00:19
I don't think any of the helpers on this forum claim to be experts in all the areas of computing. We are just users with experience in some areas.

One problem we have with your request for help, is that we have no idea what errors you might have introduced into the Registry with your Perl script. :-)

Tried a System Restore?

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