File Explorer Pinned Taskbar Shortcut File Association Error in Windows 8 and 10

When you click the File Explorer Pinned shortcut in the Taskbar, the error "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action" may appear. However, all other shortcuts for other applications Pinned to the Taskbar may work fine, thus implying that this is not a Shortcut (.lnk) file association problem.

Also, Unpinning the File Explorer shortcut and Pinning it again in the Taskbar may not help.

Option 1

Download Folder association fix from File Association Fixes For Windows 10 (Default Settings), unzip and run the enclosed Registry File. Logoff and login back. This should fix the problem.

Option 2

Press WinKey + R to bring up the Run dialog. Type the following path and press ENTER:

%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

In the folder that opens, delete the File Explorer shortcut.

Create a new File Explorer shortcut in that folder. To do so, right-click an empty area in the folder, and click New -> Shortcut. In the Location text box, type explorer.exe and press Next.

Name the shortcut as File Explorer. This is important, so that the existing File Explorer Taskbar Pinned item uses the newly created shortcut.

For a Windows 7 version of this article, see Fix Explorer.exe Error “This file does not have a program associated with it” in Windows 7

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