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Windows Explorer/File Explorer Always Opens Minimized


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#1
Hello Everyone.

I use Windows 8.1.

Until few days ago, everything was working fine. No idea what happened but whenever I open the File Explorer/Windows Explorer, it always opens minimized. Earlier I just needed to maximize it and close it so that when the next time I open it, it opens maximized. But when I do that now, it still opens minimized.

Not just that. I like to have my files and folders view to be as "large icons". But, its all in "details" view now. Earlier if something like this happened, I would change it once to "large icons" and it remained intact upon my viewing next time. However, it doesn't happen now. Inspite of changing the view settings to "large icons", they still open "details" view.

Any idea, how to solve both the issues? It would be very helpful.

Thanks.
 

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Berton

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#2
Most icons can be right-clicked, choose Properties and on the Shortcut tab click Run and change from Normal Window to Minimized or to Maximized. Yours may be set for Minimized.
 

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Edwin

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#3
For window sizes, try:
Grab the window header itself with your cursor/left click and hold, bring it to the top of your monitor til it blows up maximized; (don't use the maximize button and make sure that it is the only window open!)
After maximization, close the window.

For folder views:
In each directory, choose large icons then open folder options, view tab, click on 'Apply to Folders' then click on 'Yes' in the dialog that pops up: 'Do you want all folders......', click Apply and OK in previous window.
 

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#4
For window sizes, try:
Grab the window header itself with your cursor/left click and hold, bring it to the top of your monitor til it blows up maximized; (don't use the maximize button and make sure that it is the only window open!)
After maximization, close the window.

For folder views:
In each directory, choose large icons then open folder options, view tab, click on 'Apply to Folders' then click on 'Yes' in the dialog that pops up: 'Do you want all folders......', click Apply and OK in previous window.
Thanks for the reply, Ed.

The folder issue is sorted now.

But, no changes with the File Explorer. I held the window header and dragged it upto the top and it blew up maximized. I closed the window and when I opened again, its minimized again.
 

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#5
Have you tried this---

screenshot_146.jpg
 

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#7
On my computer I clicked the maximize button & closed the window & reopened it & it was Maximized.
I tried dragging it bigger & smaller & closing it & reopening it & it reopened at the set size.
 

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It used to be like that for me as well, mate. If the window opened minimized, I would maximize it and then close it. So, the next time when I open it, it opened maximized. But that hasn't been working for almost a week. :(
 

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#9
It used to be like that for me as well, mate. If the window opened minimized, I would maximize it and then close it. So, the next time when I open it, it opened maximized. But that hasn't been working for almost a week. :(

Have you tried sfc /scannow & Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth ? {in administrator command prompts}
 

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    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
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#10
It used to be like that for me as well, mate. If the window opened minimized, I would maximize it and then close it. So, the next time when I open it, it opened maximized. But that hasn't been working for almost a week. :(

Have you tried sfc /scannow & Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth ? {in administrator command prompts}
Hey Mate!

I tried the sfc /scannow & Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth twice, and this is what it says:-

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some
of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For
example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. Note that logging is currently not
supported in offline servicing scenarios.

Do you want me to copy-paste the SFC Details?

Thanks.
 

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#11
It used to be like that for me as well, mate. If the window opened minimized, I would maximize it and then close it. So, the next time when I open it, it opened maximized. But that hasn't been working for almost a week. :(

Have you tried sfc /scannow & Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth ? {in administrator command prompts}
Hey Mate!

I tried the sfc /scannow & Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth twice, and this is what it says:-

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some
of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For
example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. Note that logging is currently not
supported in offline servicing scenarios.

Do you want me to copy-paste the SFC Details?

Thanks.
It wouldn't hurt to post the log.
Somebody here does a good job on reading them.

Since you ran them twice & still had corruptions is not a good sign.
 

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Have you tried sfc /scannow & Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth ? {in administrator command prompts}
Hey Mate!

I tried the sfc /scannow & Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth twice, and this is what it says:-

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some
of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For
example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. Note that logging is currently not
supported in offline servicing scenarios.

Do you want me to copy-paste the SFC Details?

Thanks.
It wouldn't hurt to post the log.
Somebody here does a good job on reading them.

Since you ran them twice & still had corruptions is not a good sign.
Ok. I ran the sfc /scannow & Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth a couple more times and now, it says Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.

However, when I run the Apps Troubleshooter, this is what it says:-

 

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Hey Mate!

I tried the sfc /scannow & Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth twice, and this is what it says:-

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some
of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For
example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. Note that logging is currently not
supported in offline servicing scenarios.

Do you want me to copy-paste the SFC Details?

Thanks.
It wouldn't hurt to post the log.
Somebody here does a good job on reading them.

Since you ran them twice & still had corruptions is not a good sign.
Ok. I ran the sfc /scannow & Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth a couple more times and now, it says Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.

However, when I run the Apps Troubleshooter, this is what it says:-

Anyone? :'(
 

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#15
Forgive my shortsightedness but have you run the dism command & then the sfc command.

From the picture it seems the component store is corrupted, which dism should fix.

edit---

Right click this .bat file after downloading it & choose Run as administrator---

Right click it first & choose Properties & Unblock it---

View attachment dism.bat

You can let it run in the background.
Maybe 2 or 3 hours to run it.
Post back results.
A FULL screenshot of the finished scans would help.


sfc_dism_sfc.jpg
 

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Forgive my shortsightedness but have you run the dism command & then the sfc command.

From the picture it seems the component store is corrupted, which dism should fix.
Yes, mate.

I ran the DISM command. And, this is what it said:-




Then the SFC command ans this is what happened:-




I am doing what you have said just now.
 

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edit---

Right click this .bat file after downloading it & choose Run as administrator---

Right click it first & choose Properties & Unblock it---

View attachment 51727

You can let it run in the background.
Maybe 2 or 3 hours to run it.
Post back results.
A FULL screenshot of the finished scans would help.


View attachment 51729
Hello David.

Here are the full results:-



And after running the Apps Troubleshooter, it still says this:-

 

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#18

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    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
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#20
I don't know what to try next. :(

But you made some progress. :)
 

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    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
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    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
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    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    AMD K140
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name AMD K140
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    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
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