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Win 8.1 Pro - Favorites gone from File Explorer Nav Pane


halcyon

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Upgraded my Win 8 Pro to Win 8.1 Pro and problems started.

Now my File Explorer Navigation Pane Favorites feature is completely missing and cannot be restored, regardless of what I have tried.
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I have tried:

1. File Explorer ribbon / View tab / Navigation Pane / Show Favorites = ON
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2. Folder Options / General tab / Navigation Pane / Show favorites = ON (also have tried Restore Defaults)
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3. Recreate "C:\Users\<my user name>\Links\" folder and create a link inside it.
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4. Run the "fix_empty_favorites.reg" file
Favorites Empty in Navigation Pane - Fix - Windows 7 Help Forums

5. Run "Add_Favorites_to_Navigation_Pane.bat" file:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5063-favorites-add-remove-navigation-pane-windows-8-a.html

6. Manually restore Default Favorite Links :
Favorites - Restore Default Favorite Links in Navigation Pane - Windows 7 Help Forums

7. Ensure "{BFB9D5E0-C6A9-404C-B2B2-AE6DB6AF4968}" registry branch that is pointing to my proper Links folder as per :
User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

8. Remove/detach from Homegroup (don't need it).
Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings - Windows 7 Help Forums

9. Added. Right click on the Navigation pane and Select "Show Favorites" to be ON.

... and of course, log out/login AND reboot multiple times after all of the above.

The Favorites will not appear on Navigation pane.

Any help, anyone?
 
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DUDE
Just right click on empty left hand side , elect to show favorites
 

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Dude, does not work. It is the exact same feature/trigger as enabling Favorites via the Ribbon / Navigation pane settings. And yes, I've tried it. Several times. Both of them.
 

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#4
Funnily enough, the exact same File Explorer Favorites (aka Links) show in the standard save dialog, but ONLY there and ONLY in the standard save dialog.

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weird man, coz it works here.
Did you try and run sfc /scannow ?
 

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lolz
I am sure you will get it to work man. :cool:
 

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Hello halcyon,

You have done a fine job of presenting your issue. I wish all posters were like you. Anyway, I am providing a dump of all my Win 8.1 registry appearances relative to the appearance of the favorites display that is missing from your installation. All I can say is "seek and you shall find."

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"Start_SearchFiles"=dword:00000002
"ServerAdminUI"=dword:00000000
"Hidden"=dword:00000002
"ShowCompColor"=dword:00000001
"HideFileExt"=dword:00000001
"DontPrettyPath"=dword:00000000
"ShowInfoTip"=dword:00000001
"HideIcons"=dword:00000000
"MapNetDrvBtn"=dword:00000000
"WebView"=dword:00000001
"Filter"=dword:00000000
"ShowSuperHidden"=dword:00000000
"SeparateProcess"=dword:00000000
"AutoCheckSelect"=dword:00000000
"IconsOnly"=dword:00000000
"ShowTypeOverlay"=dword:00000001
"ShowStatusBar"=dword:00000001
"ListviewAlphaSelect"=dword:00000001
"ListviewShadow"=dword:00000001
"TaskbarAnimations"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuInit"=dword:00000006
"ReindexedProfile"=dword:00000001
"TaskbarSizeMove"=dword:00000000
"DisablePreviewDesktop"=dword:00000001
"TaskbarSmallIcons"=dword:00000000
"TaskbarGlomLevel"=dword:00000000
"DontUsePowerShellOnWinX"=dword:00000001
"Start_JumpListItems"=dword:0000000a
"NavPaneShowFavorites"=dword:00000001
"NavPaneShowAllFolders"=dword:00000000


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\Windows.NavPaneShowFavorites]
"ExplorerCommandHandler"="{12db95c0-aaa9-48e4-b571-a1273d139369}"
"CommandStateSync"=""
"MUIVerb"="@shell32.dll,-37582"
"Description"="@shell32.dll,-37583"


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\Windows.NavPaneShowFavorites]
"ExplorerCommandHandler"="{12db95c0-aaa9-48e4-b571-a1273d139369}"
"CommandStateSync"=""
"MUIVerb"="@shell32.dll,-37582"
"Description"="@shell32.dll,-37583"


[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1533250133-805816865-2577194934-1001\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"Start_SearchFiles"=dword:00000002
"ServerAdminUI"=dword:00000000
"Hidden"=dword:00000002
"ShowCompColor"=dword:00000001
"HideFileExt"=dword:00000001
"DontPrettyPath"=dword:00000000
"ShowInfoTip"=dword:00000001
"HideIcons"=dword:00000000
"MapNetDrvBtn"=dword:00000000
"WebView"=dword:00000001
"Filter"=dword:00000000
"ShowSuperHidden"=dword:00000000
"SeparateProcess"=dword:00000000
"AutoCheckSelect"=dword:00000000
"IconsOnly"=dword:00000000
"ShowTypeOverlay"=dword:00000001
"ShowStatusBar"=dword:00000001
"ListviewAlphaSelect"=dword:00000001
"ListviewShadow"=dword:00000001
"TaskbarAnimations"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuInit"=dword:00000006
"ReindexedProfile"=dword:00000001
"TaskbarSizeMove"=dword:00000000
"DisablePreviewDesktop"=dword:00000001
"TaskbarSmallIcons"=dword:00000000
"TaskbarGlomLevel"=dword:00000000
"DontUsePowerShellOnWinX"=dword:00000001
"Start_JumpListItems"=dword:0000000a
"NavPaneShowFavorites"=dword:00000001
"NavPaneShowAllFolders"=dword:00000000

Good luck.

Note: Your UID will be different in the last of my 4 references so you must follow your own UID path.
 

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C:\Windows>sfc /scannow

Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.


Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 100% complete.


Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
SFC found nothing (on elevated Administrator command prompt, after a full scan).

Not fixed.

sigh.
 

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I am providing a dump of all my Win 8.1 registry appearances relative to the appearance of the favorites display that is missing from your installation. All I can say is "seek and you shall find."
Thanks.

Checked those now.

Can't find any differences, other than UID changes in the keys. The actual settings and references to keys/dlls are all the same.

This is weird.

EDIT:

Created a new fresh Administator type user. Logged out from the current and logged in as the new user.

Same problem. No way to show, add, view or enable Favorites in File Explorer. Icon is not visible, feature is "turned on" in the UI, but does not display.
 

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Will create a new user to test if that fixes things on the new user.
A great idea at this point.
 

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Explorer Command Handler registry dump:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{12db95c0-aaa9-48e4-b571-a1273d139369}]
@="Navigation Pane Show Favorites Explorer Command"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{12db95c0-aaa9-48e4-b571-a1273d139369}\InprocServer32]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,\
65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,00
"ThreadingModel"="Both"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{12db95c0-aaa9-48e4-b571-a1273d139369}]
@="Navigation Pane Show Favorites Explorer Command"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{12db95c0-aaa9-48e4-b571-a1273d139369}\InprocServer32]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,\
65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,00
"ThreadingModel"="Both"


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{12db95c0-aaa9-48e4-b571-a1273d139369}]
@="Navigation Pane Show Favorites Explorer Command"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{12db95c0-aaa9-48e4-b571-a1273d139369}\InprocServer32]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,\
65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,00
"ThreadingModel"="Both"


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{12db95c0-aaa9-48e4-b571-a1273d139369}]
@="Navigation Pane Show Favorites Explorer Command"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{12db95c0-aaa9-48e4-b571-a1273d139369}\InprocServer32]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,\
65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,00
"ThreadingModel"="Both"
 

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Could somebody please post the contents of the following Registry Key?

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile

Thank you!
I do not have that specific reference in my registry. Can you please post yours so I can make sure we are comparing apples-to-apples?
 

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Explorer Command Handler registry dump:
Can you explain how to read/interpret the:

"@=hex" parts?

I don't know how to search/visually browser for identical things on my registry.

Everything else is the same, I just need to confirm the hex parts.

Google search terms bring up nothing useful (thanks Google, for destroying literal searches two years ago).
 

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RE: lnkfile key

I do not have that specific reference in my registry. Can you please post yours so I can make sure we are comparing apples-to-apples?
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile]
@="Shortcut"
"EditFlags"=dword:00000001
"FriendlyTypeName"="@shell32.dll,-4153"
"IsShortcut"=""
"NeverShowExt"=""


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\CLSID]
@="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex]


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\DropboxExt]
@="{FB314ED9-A251-47B7-93E1-CDD82E34AF8B}"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\OpenContainingFolderMenu]
@="{37ea3a21-7493-4208-a011-7f9ea79ce9f5}"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
@=""


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\DropHandler]
@="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\IconHandler]
@="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ShimLayer Property Page]
@="{513D916F-2A8E-4F51-AEAB-0CBC76FB1AF8}"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\tabsets]
"selection"=dword:00000705
 

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OOPs, I searched for inkfile, not lnkfile... I'll be back.
 

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