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Folder Template - Set Default for All Folders in Windows 8

  1. #10


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    As a warning to anyone who tries this. When I clicked on the download button, apparently the batch file ran on it's own. I was left with a blank screen and no desktop, with only a couple programs still running minimized where the taskbar used to be. Once I removed the battery and re-started the computer things were back to normal with no apparent damage to the system.

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  2. #11


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello JDW, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It sounds like you clicked on "Run" instead of "Save" when downloading the .bat file.

    What happened to you is that something interrupted the restarting of explorer. You can open Task Manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC), click on File (menu bar), click on Run new task, type explorer, and click on OK. This will restart explorer for you to be back to normal.
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  3. #12


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for the reply.

    I'm not sure how I managed to run the program. It had downloaded to the desktop. Could have been something I inadvertently did with the touchpad.

    I did some experimenting and here's what I found out. When I access and run the .bat file through file explorer everything works fine. After a short pause the start screen and the desktop return and are accessible. However, if I access the .bat file through the download button on my browser (firefox), and run it from there, the desktop does not return. When that happens, I was able to restart explorer see the desktop and start screen with the task manager method you described. Thanks for that tip.

    So, at least on my computer, having the browser open seems to prevent the restart of explorer after the batch file runs. Other than that, it worked fine.
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  4. #13


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    Good news. Yeah, it's always best to save to say desktop first, then run it. I suppose if your touchpad has tap to click enabled, you may have tapped the touchpad when the pointer was over the .bat file and ran it that way.
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