Desktop Quicklaunch opens My Documents

May 31, 2009 at 00:44:15
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon64x2
I'm working on a computer that was having some problems with freezing up completely. I believe I have that part fixed, so now I'm down to this little irritation.

I noticed it was missing the Show Desktop icon in the Quick Launch toolbar, so I used the usual instructions to recreate the icon, which did work as far as putting the icon back in the Quick Launch (on the toolbar and in the folder). The problem is that it wouldn't do anything when clicked on, no response at all.

I found some instructions for checking the file association for .scf using the command prompt, and it returned correctly with "scf=SHCmdFile". The next step was to enter ftype SHCmdFile, and it returned "File type SHCmdFile not found or no open command associated with it", so I followed the rest of the instructions to associate explorer.exe to it.

After doing this, I do get a response when clicking on the Show Desktop icon in Quick Launch. The problem is that it opens the My Documents folder instead of toggling to the Desktop. I have checked the .scf file over and over, and even did a straight copy from another XP machine just to make sure I was getting it exactly right. I also checked the desktop.ini file that's in the Quick Launch folder, and it's exactly like the one on the "working" XP machine.

Since the SHCmdFile association was screwed up, I'm assuming whatever caused this also messed up the Toggle Desktop association (or something along those lines, I'm definitely no expert in this part). I've spent a few hours online searching for a solution, but can't find any answers. It seems like somebody must have had this problem before. Any experts out there know how to fix this??? Thanks in advance for any help you can give!

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May 31, 2009 at 06:06:48

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May 31, 2009 at 07:04:57
ferret13sj, Go to the link below and download, unzip then run the "SCF File Association Fix". Instructions are on the page.

If that doesn't correct the problem click Start>Run then copy & paste or type in:

regsvr32 /i shell32

Click OK

Note that the spacing is important.


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May 31, 2009 at 14:55:54
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll try them as soon as I get home this evening and will post back any results (or lack of....LOL).

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May 31, 2009 at 20:24:01
Tufenuf, you rule!

To tell the truth, I skipped grasshopper's suggestion at kelly's korner because it seemed it was just another way to restore the icon, which I had already done. Since I was able to restore the icon and the problem was no functionality, I was guessing there was something else more deeply "broken".

And I skipped your first suggestion to download the SCF file associatioon fix, since I apparently already fixed the file association with the command prompt I mentioned in my original post.

I went straight for your next suggestion, with the run command for regsvr32 /i shell32, because after Googling it I found out it re-registers a broken DLL, and that sounded like what I was trying to explain could have happened. I told you I'm no expert on this, but I knew that sounded like what I was trying to say in my first post, LOL!

Anyway, that fix worked perfectly, so I'm very happy!

Now I'm just wondering if there could be other broken DLLs that might cause problems in the future. Do you know if this could be, and if there's a simple way to fix all of them in one swoop, just in case?

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