Windows 10: No app is opening, only file explorer is open

Discus and support No app is opening, only file explorer is open in Windows 10 Software and Apps to solve the problem; Today when I opened Avast antivirus, it showed me that almost 113 registry keys are broken, so I pressed the button to fix them. Windows was working... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Software and Apps' started by SahilGarg3920, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. No app is opening, only file explorer is open


    Today when I opened Avast antivirus, it showed me that almost 113 registry keys are broken, so I pressed the button to fix them. Windows was working fine before I pressed the button. Then Avast opened a blank white screen, I thought I must close it as it has got hanged and restart it by pressing the same button but then the app never started. And when I tried to start any app on windows even a system core app, it gave me an error code of 0xc0000005 with an error message of the Application was not able to start correctly. Click okay to close it.


    And I don't have the registry back up. Also, no browser is working. CMD not opening. This is another PC from where I am posting this question.


    What can I do? I am not even restarting thinking it might never restart again and give me a blue screen of death. Please help. A lot of my important data is in it. Please!

    :)
     
    SahilGarg3920, Oct 6, 2020
    #1
  2. Ketxxx Win User

    opening .dds files with gimp

    Simply, HOW? I got the DDS plugin but the POS wont open DDS files still. Can someone give me a step-by-step rundown of how to install the DDS plugin for gimp so I know if I'm missing something?
     
    Ketxxx, Oct 7, 2020
    #2
  3. mngerhold Win User
    Can I customize the list of suggest apps in the "Open with" menu?

    Well, I hope this helps the OP - it took a while. I tried 'Default Program Editor' (DPE) and it did indeed add (or remove) items, but when I tried to specifically add Word to pdf opening, it failed - it went through the motions, but nothing happened. So I started again, playing with settings for opening .doc files. This seemed to work: initially in explorer I had 3 programs appear in the 'default' list that pops up on a rt-click>open-with:

    No app is opening, only file explorer is open [​IMG]

    and this is what the relevant bit of the Registry showed:

    No app is opening, only file explorer is open [​IMG]

    Don't ask me why just 3 of those 8 (a to h) programs show up (maybe the 'instant' list is limited to three? - no, see later) - anyway, I used DPE to remove Wordpad from the list: when saving the edit as a REG file, this is what I got:

    Code:
    and the result in Explorer was:

    No app is opening, only file explorer is open [​IMG]

    and the registry now shows:

    No app is opening, only file explorer is open [​IMG]

    Note how item 'g' from the list has been removed (it seems there is no issue with having a letter missing). I then messed about trying to open a .doc file with various other programs, and they all started to appear in the 'instant' list:

    No app is opening, only file explorer is open [​IMG]


    So I thought 'well, that is easy - just open a pdf once in Word and it should appear'. So back to trying to open PDFs: but however many times I tried, Word would never appear.

    No app is opening, only file explorer is open [​IMG]

    even though there were any number of entries in the Registry 'Open With' list, including Word:

    No app is opening, only file explorer is open [​IMG]

    So what did DPE make of this - well, it showed some of the entries:

    No app is opening, only file explorer is open [​IMG]

    Although Word is shown, it doesn't appear on a rt-click. Its entry can be removed, but that doesn't help. So my attention was drawn to the existence of another folder below 'OpenWithList', namely 'OpenWithProgids', and that contained a specific ref to Sumatra (my preferred program for PDFs). Looking back at the same entry for .docx, I found this:

    No app is opening, only file explorer is open [​IMG]

    so I added an identical Word.Document.12 ref to the list for PDFs:

    No app is opening, only file explorer is open [​IMG]

    I think IrfanView is there as it got added during my experiments! I now get this in Explorer:

    No app is opening, only file explorer is open [​IMG]
    Hurrah! I then tried to use DPE to remove the redundant entries, and got this as a .REG file:
    Code:
    But when i merge that with the registry, the IrfanView item does not get deleted:

    No app is opening, only file explorer is open [​IMG]

    and as seen in the registry:

    No app is opening, only file explorer is open [​IMG]

    so I deleted it by hand, and at last have the entries I (or rather, the OP) want:

    No app is opening, only file explorer is open [​IMG]


    Note that my manually added reg entry is of type Binary', as there seems to be no way to add a value of type 'None'.

    So it seems that DPE cannot cope with entries in the 'Progids' list, and something makes some programs fall into that list, rather than the 'openwithlist'. I am sorry for any typos above, or pictures in the wrong place - can't be bothered to check it too thoroughly. Hope it helps someone!

    atb, Martin
     
    mngerhold, Oct 7, 2020
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  4. No app is opening, only file explorer is open

    .jar files opening in internet explorer

    Hi Robert,

    Welcome to Microsoft Community.

    I understand that .jar files opens in Internet Explorer by default and downloads again on Windows 10. I will certainly help you.

    I suggest you to follow the below steps and check if it resolves the issue.

    1. Right click on the .jar file, select Open with
    and click on Choose another app.

    2. Select the app you want to open the .jar file from list.

    3. If required, highlight the app and check the option
    Always use this app to open, click OK.

    Hope this helps. If the issue remains unresolved, please get back to us and we would be happy to help.
     
    Vinodh_Kumar V, Oct 7, 2020
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