Explorer.exe shows error msg: "this file has no program associated with him...". »

PROBLEM: Clicking on Windows 'Explorer.exe' (or the shortcut of the program itself) causes the following error msg (under the title: "explorer.exe"): "this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action."  "Please install a program or, if such is already installed, create an association in the default programs control panel".

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Work around successful - even if it's not ideal - is the following: when I right click on the shortcut of windows Explorer, a list of folders "frequent" previously selected appears.   When I chose one, windows Explorer opens properly and points to the selected folder.   From there on, can I nagivate to any other directory/folder correctly.

I fear, however, as to why the shortcut/program file themselves are causing the error message.

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I get the same error (this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action.)  Please install a program or, if such is already installed, create an association in the default programs control panel)

More funny thing is that I can click on computer and Explorer works very well.  The shortcut on the taskbar and Windows Explorer under the accessories section are affected in this way.  All other files with exe extensions seem to work well.  I'm running Windows 7 32-bit version.


See repair error file Association at the launch of Windows Explorer in Windows 7. Ramesh Srinivasan . The Winhelponline Blog
Microsoft MVP, Windows desktop experience

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