Get open with dialog when opening Windows drives?

Recently, I had been facing this problem on all the virus hit systems on one of my client’s network. The problem was that I was getting the “Open With” dialog every time I double clicked any drive in My Computer. I had to select Internet Explorer from Open With dialog to open the drives. One of my friends came up with an idea and it worked great. The idea was to create a blank autorun.inf file in the drive having problems. And it was perfect .. now I can open all my drives (after placing the blank autorun.inf in the drive) by double clicking them.
To make a blank autorun.inf, open notepad and Save As “autorun.inf”. Place the autorun.inf in the affected drive.
Having the same problem? Did this trick solve your problem or you had a better solution? Share your experiences.
UPDATE: Please use the following DOS command for the ease of deleting the autorun.inf file.
C:\>attrib -S -H -R C:\autorun.inf
C:\>del /F C:\autorun.inf
Replace C with your drive that you want to disable autorun of

49 thoughts on “Get open with dialog when opening Windows drives?”

  1. i have have the problem by mines is worst, because i found a hidden file of “autorun.inf” in my usb drive, but it does’t work like it should, any idea for this?

  2. Removel tool works with the hidden files, but the drive properties is changed and the language too, the drive does not open but it require open with option plz help me i wana solve this one,

  3. I did this and it solved the issue
    You will need do a restore point! 🙂
    goto registry (regedit or regedt32) and look for this key
    MountPoints2
    Under the key, you’ll notice there are some {2938239408…} GUID, just remove the corrupted GUID key.
    Add a key called “Shell” in key “C” and “D”.
    Once you do that. Close registry editor and double click C or D.
    you should view the drive normally. If you want to be certain, go back to the registry key. You should see similar GUID get re-created.
    In my case, the registry key was corrupted by virus.

  4. hello sir i have a problem with my notebook my window get corrupted by new folder.exe i am in trouble i install many windows but the prblm is still

  5. Looks like an infection with Virus.VBS.Small.a or something similar.
    First you should tell Windows to show ‘hidden’ AND ‘system’ files + uncheck ‘hide extensions of registered file types’ in My Computer – Tools – Folder Properties – View. Then do a search for all files with the name “autorun” (ANY extension) and delete them. Be careful: they may be *anywhere* – in player folders, system32, etc.
    Then you should open the Registry Editor (Start – Run – regedit) and check the following:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/Current Version/Winlogon
    The parameter Userinit in the right window should have the following value C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe. Any additions should be deleted. If your system is installed on disc D, then it will read D:\WINDOWS\and so on…
    Now delete the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/MountPoints2. This step should be repeated for ALL users on the computer including the built-in Administrator account. Now reboot the computer and you should be able to open the discs.
    regards
    hassan

  6. i followed these steps and i somehow got rid of the “open with” window when i double click my c: drive. but it still shows up for my d: drive….any ideas what’s wrong? thanks

  7. i having the same problem but iam not able to understand a blank “autorun.inf” please request you to give me a practicale solution i hope u will do it.

  8. I have a similar issue. Clicking on my D drive brings up the open with dialog box. If I right click on the D drive, I can then choose open and it opens. Clicking on the C drive works fine.

  9. My is diffrent from that in the above mentioned…. before i had a problem the same with the above… and I am very thankful because I had solve it using the suggestions listed above….. thanks so much….
    But this time, I think I need help, because i can no longer enter in the registry editor, when I open it, the “open dialog will apear” …. help pls!!!!!

  10. i cant open my c,d,e… drives.
    there appears an “open with”diologue box.
    i cant access your metod mentioned above.PLEASE HELP ME

  11. sir, I have same problem…my drives are not opnen on clicking…..and “open with’ option are appearing please give me solution…….thanking you sir….

  12. Hi hassan,
    The MousePoint2 deletion really worked. I have removed all the Autorun.inf files from my DRIVE Root and removed the MousePoint2 key. Closed everything and started my computer again and double clicked on all drives. They all are successfully opened. Thanks, it is really great.

  13. Greetings from Scandinavia!
    Thank for your help. The mountpoint tip worked! Keep up the good work on this site, it is much appreciated.

  14. I solved the problem in one system by deleting the autorun.inf virus and created a blank autorun.inf. But in another system it is not working .

  15. Follow the steps to get your Drives open by double clicking
    Make a text file with text
    cd\
    c:
    attrib -r -s -h autorun.inf
    del autorun.inf
    now save it as file.bat. then just run the file and Download autorun eater from the link below
    http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Autorun-Eater-Download-85585.html
    Install the autorun eater after that let it run in background. Create another text file with subject below:
    [autorun]
    open=autorun.inf
    and save it in the C:\ drive as autorun.inf
    after you save the file autorun eater will detect it and delete it.now your drive will open by double clicking.
    —–
    Change the text file file.bat as per your requirment….Ex
    cd\
    D:
    attrib -r -s -h autorun.inf
    del autorun.inf
    RePlacing the C:\ by D:\ work on to open the D:\ drive
    I think you will do it….

  16. Great work premanannd .. it’s always nice to solve our own problems by ourselves. Ain’t it easy? 🙂 .. you’re the master.

  17. BUDDY Thanks for the tip. It worked
    Jacky says…
    I did this and it solved the issue
    You will need do a restore point!
    goto registry (regedit or regedt32) and look for this key
    MountPoints2
    Under the key, you’ll notice there are some {2938239408…} GUID, just remove the corrupted GUID key.
    Add a key called “Shell” in key “C” and “D”.
    Once you do that. Close registry editor and double click C or D.
    you should view the drive normally. If you want to be certain, go back to the registry key. You should see similar GUID get re-created.
    In my case, the registry key was corrupted by virus.

  18. hey all,
    i have the same problem, only thing is that the drives are network drives on win2003 domain,
    nothing from the above worked except deleting the reg key mount points but after logoff anf logon again
    its the same problem
    please help
    thank you

  19. If i open my computer’s local drives.. its opening with openwith window.. so i choose internet explorer.. what is the fix for this error please help me

  20. I have already removed all the viruses from the computer but I was still getting the “Open With” for the C:\ Drive problem. I’ve read through about 20 different forum postings and this was the first forum that mentioned deleting MountPoints2 registry key.
    Deleting MountPoints2 registry key worked perfectly for me. I had to fix about 3 of our computers as they all had in sufficient anti-virus and were infected with the Conflicker virus.
    Thanks again to this post for solving this problem!

  21. just put xp cd restart go to boot xp deleted effected partion then create again it will work upper all are fk000

  22. I did this and it solved the issue
    You will need do a restore point!
    goto registry (regedit or regedt32) and look for this key
    MountPoints2
    Under the key, you’ll notice there are some {2938239408…} GUID, just remove the corrupted GUID key.
    Add a key called “Shell” in key “C” and “D”.
    Once you do that. Close registry editor and double click C or D.
    you should view the drive normally. If you want to be certain, go back to the registry key. You should see similar GUID get re-created.
    In my case, the registry key was corrupted by virus.
    Thanks a lot.
    valsalan K

  23. when i open all applications “open with Dialog box” appears even system restore point also. is it virus?how can i open application directly by clicking on it.

  24. I have very simple soln
    just go to the local disk properties then go to tools there is option error-checking just hit check now… Thats it your drive is now able to open easily now.

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