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    Properties & Sharing stopped working

    [img]/w3timages/icons/nope.gif[/img] In Windows Explorer, when I
    1) R click on a drive (or folder) and then
    2) click on "Properties" or "Sharing..."
    *) there is a short delay, the explorer title bar stops showing the "active" (although the taskbar button still appears highlighted), and nothing more happens.

    The same happens if I select "Properties" via the top menu bar ("Sharing" isn't in the menu).

    My "investigation so far:
    I have tried using a second copy of explorer.exe from a 2nd W2000 installation that I have on another drive. Same results.
    Properties fails when I use PowerDesk (a shareware file manager) also.
    I have searched the registry for anything that seems amiss in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFolder.
    I have talked to my personal guru.
    I have gone to the Microsoft knowledgebase, but I couldn't find anything helpful.
    I re-installed Windows 2000 Pro (as an "upgrade").
    I re-installed W2000 Service Pack 1.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Properties & Sharing stopped working

    Just a thought, In Win98 Print & File Sharing for Microsoft Network should be enabled for any sharing to take place. It maybe true for Win2000.

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    Re: Properties & Sharing stopped working

    It is. The drives had been set to "shared" before this problem started. And the "properties" issue should be unaffected. But thanks for the thought.

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    Re: Properties & Sharing stopped working

    Again this is a thought I'm using Win98 and this is the registry entry that pertains to sharing when you right click a folder to look at the sharing properties. This may be a similar registry entry in Win2k.

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFoldershellexContextMenuHandlersS haringMenu]
    @="{6D78EC20-5AA6-101B-8681-366FBD64CEB9}"

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    Re: Properties & Sharing stopped working

    The registry entry of my home Win2k pc for the context menu Sharing option is as follows:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshellexContextMenuHandle rsSharing]
    @="{f81e9010-6ea4-11ce-a7ff-00aa003ca9f6}"

    This may help solve your problem.

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    Re: Properties & Sharing stopped working

    <=> <=> <=> <=> PROBLEM SOLVED <=> <=> <=> <=>

    I have no "Sharing" entry in either the "good" or "broken" W2000 Registries.
    But the posts made me spend more time comparing the Registry print-outs.
    The "good" Registry had nothing under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFoldershellexPropertySheetHandler s
    The "bad" Registry had a value of "@=IISEPage" and 2 keys:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFoldershellexPropertySheetHandler sPWS Sharing
    @=(5a61f7a0-cde1-11cf-9113-00aa00425c62}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFoldershellexPropertySheetHandler sXDrivePage
    @={A08DE1E0-0082-11d3-BE1C-00AA006B774}
    (I have no clue what "PWS Sharing" is)

    So I deleted the value under PropertySheetHandlers and the "PWS Sharing" entry.
    Rebooted.
    Sharing & Properties have now returned.
    Otherwise I would have instantly added your suggested entry.

    My guru sent me to the Groups.Google.com for Deja's Unsernet Archives and I found several entries of others with the same problem. Some had been there over a month. They had zero replies! Obviously they would be better served at the WOPR Lounge.

    Thank you all for your thoughts & efforts.

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    Re: Properties & Sharing stopped working

    Thanks for the most useful solution -- it worked for me too.

    But I still don't know what caused the addition of the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFoldershellexPropertySheetHandler sPWS Sharing
    @=(5a61f7a0-cde1-11cf-9113-00aa00425c62} key in the first place - or what it does (other than kill the properties sheet).

    Does anyone?

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