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XP treats a drive as a file

Posted on 2013-10-31
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I just restored XP on a computer using the manufacturer's restore facility.  Now when I plug in a thumb drive and try to "Open" it, an application selection window opens as if the drive is a *file*.  I can work around the situation by right clicking and selecting Explore.  But this looks like something is broken on this "new" computer.  

It needs to be fixed to have confidence in the install.
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Ok, open My computer , go to Tools > folder option > view tab > switch to show hidden files and also uncheck hide system protected files.

Now , open your pendrive by same way right click and check if there is an autorun inf file or other hidden files.
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This is due to the mountpoints2 registry entry. Use the steps in the article below and delete the files for the drive in question.
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Actually I dont like what the article stated so here goes.

open regedt
navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>Explorer>MountPoints2"
Find the entry that maps your drive letter or location. If it has an + sign delete any shell registrty entries.
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by:Fred Marshall
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So far the problem has gone away as I remove and add different USB Flash Drives.
I'll hold off on closing to see if I can test the solution suggested.
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by:Joseph Daly
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The entries will still be there even without the USB drives present. Looking at the registry you should still see those entires.
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OK, thanks.  What I was waiting for was to demonstrate that changing those entries indeed does fix this problem.  Done waiting.
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Not sure what would have worked if the problem had not healed itself.
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