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Search Companion Starts If You Double-Click a Folder or Drive

Symptom

If you double-click a drive or folder, Search Companion may start and the drive or folder may not open. 'Search' will be the top most in the right-click context menu for a folder or drive. This usually happens after adding/modifying the File Folder or Drive entries via the Folder Options File Types dialog, as an attempt to add additional context menu items such as Command Prompt here, Print Directory for folders or drives.

References:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=321379
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=321186

Quick fix

Click Start, Run and type this command:

regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

(Thanks to David Candy for this tip)

Manual registry fix

To fix the problem manually, open Registry Editor and navigate to:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Directory \ shell

-and-

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Drive \ shell

  • In the right-pane, locate and click the (Default) value
  • Click Modify on the Edit menu
  • Type the word none in the Value data box, and then click OK
  • Exit Registry Editor.

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