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I am trying to open the windows directory on the root of the C: drive by double clicking.  The folder won't open.  I tried other folders in the root of C: and found the same thing.  What has caused this to happen and how can I fix it?
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by:dew_associates
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Okay, let's make sure that I understand you correctly, you are opening Windows Explorer, scrolling to any folder in the left windows and clicking on that folder and nothing opens?
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by:Patricia Siu-Lai Ho
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To cbrookhart,can you open the desktop icon by double-click (classic window) or just one click (desktop as web page), if not too. Go and check the mouse double click sensitivity in control panal-mouse icon.
Another possibilities: the Pc win98 has setup the multi-user profile and the root directory is being locked for administrator use only. Can you open it on safe-mode?   Pslh
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my friend had the same problem, we fixed it by formating the hd and reinstalling windows, obviously when he uninstalled a program or just deleted it, it must have stuffed up some of the files that windows uses

hope it helps
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by:cbrookhart
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I was able to get to the directories I needed to get access to by using the directories in the left window pane.  In addition to not being able to open directories, I could not open any file on the C: drive.  The computer is not on a network, so it isn't locked by the administrator.  I decided to try to reboot and see if that solved the problem.  That seemed to work.
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Well cbrookhart, it nice to know that the suggestion worked, but why did you accept ikxsoft's answer then?
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Well, I think the problem was caused by removing a program.  I installed a program that gave me the option of making backup copies of the files it changed during installation.  After trying the program, I decided that I didn't want it.  When I removed the program, I had the option of doing a "roll back." That returned the computer to the way it was before the installation.  Ikxsoft mentioned that something like this happened before when removing a program.
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