File Explorer “Working on it” Showing Green Progress Bar

File Explorer Working on it

Summary: Windows 10’s File Explorer stalls saying “Working on it…” during the folder type automatic discovery process. And in earlier versions of Windows, Windows may sometimes assign incorrect template for folders if the content discovery or sniffing goes wrong or the folder view settings in the registry are messed up.Read more

[Fix] VBScript Files Open With Notepad

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When you try to run a VBScript by double-clicking it, the script may open in Notepad. This happens if the user has set Notepad as the default (instead of wscript.exe) program for .vbs files, using Open with or through any other methods.. [Fix] VBScript Files Open With Notepad Running VBScript manually To run the script, … Read more

Show Hidden Files and Folders Missing or Does Not Work

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The Folder Options dialog’s View tab allows you to show or hide hidden and system (protected) files in Explorer. The hidden files have the HIDDEN attribute. Protected files (aka, “super-hidden ” files) have the SYSTEM attribute.

There have been many support incidents lately where the File Explorer does not show hidden files and folders even though you enable the Show hidden files, folders and drives option in the Folder Options dialog. However, the files and folders can be viewed when using Windows Search or using the DIR /A command from a Command Prompt window.

Also, when you go to open the Folder Options and click the View tab, both the radio buttons Do not show hidden files and folders and Show hidden files, folders and drives may be enabled.

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Reset the Always ask before opening this type of file setting

When downloading files using Internet Explorer, you may see the Open/Save confirmation box (as shown below) for certain file types. If you uncheck the Always ask before opening this type of file check box, the preference is saved in the user part of the registry. Also, the configuration is stored in a separate registry value for each file type.

Here is how to reset the Open/Save choice for a specific file type or all file types in Internet Explorer.Read more

Add Run as Administrator Context Menu Item for VBS and JS files

By default, Windows does not include the Run as Administrator option in the context menu for Vbscript (.VBS) and JScript (.JS) files. So, to run a script elevated, you either need to launch the script from elevated Command Prompt window, or use the VBScript self-elevation method as described in article How to Automatically Elevate a Vbscript to Run it as Administrator?

Besides that, you can add the Run as Administrator option to the context menu so that you can run a script elevated from the right-click menu.Read more

Add “Edit HOSTS file” option in the context menu

The HOSTS file, originally introduced to resolve hostnames to IP addresses, is also an effective tool to block Malware. To modify the HOSTS file in Windows, you need to elevate Notepad.exe or any other text editor which you use. Otherwise, you’ll see the following error when trying to save the HOSTS file:

Cannot create the C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file.

Make sure that the path and the file name are correct.

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Register and Unregister DLLs Elevated via Right-click Context Menu

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This post tells you how to add register and unregister commands to the right-click menu for DLL and OCX files in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10.

To register a DLL or OCX file, you usually need to run regsvr32.exe from an elevated Command Prompt. Registering system DLLs from a non-elevated state may cause an error. For example, try to register the system module JScript.dll from Start, Search box (i.e., without elevating it). You’ll see the error 0x80004005 or 0x80007005 (“ACCESS IS DENIED”) when you do so.

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Windows Installer Service Missing; Error “The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed”

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When you try to install a program that uses Windows Installer on a Windows computer, you may receive the following error.

The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if the Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact your support personnel for assistance.

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