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If anyone has ran into the problem before, I'd appreciate some help.
I've tried just about everything to resolve this issue.

The problem is when a program (any program) that uses the "Browse For Folder" Dialog, only the Desktop and the User folders show up in the list. What is missing and is very important is to be able to browse the computer.


This is what appears now:

Now if I login to a different windows 7 user profile that I just created for testing purposes, it shows up everything correctly.

This is how it is supposed to appear:

Does anyone know how to fix this issue, apparently it's a profile issue, and was caused by an installation of a program. I can't figure out which program caused this, as I have recently installed many programs. I also scanned the computer for spyware / malware / viruses with several typical programs, and all came back clean (super anti-spyware, malware bytes, drweb, and avast) ..

I played with the registry somewhat, since it appears to be a profile issue, but could not fix it. I can not restore to a previous state has the history snapshots dont' go back far enough, and creating and using a new profile would be a pain in the neck, and may occur again.

Regardless, I'd like to know how to fix this so that if it happens again I know how to resolve it.

I'd be very happy if someone out there has a solution..

Thanks..
 

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Elvandil, I clearly stated in my post that "I cannot restore to a previous state as the history snapshots don't go back far enough”. I supposed my post was not important enough to read in its entirety.
 

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I resolved the issue.

When you have too many icons on your desktop (yes, desktop), it will break browse for folder...

The way I figured this out was..

I created a new profile, everything worked fine, until I started moving all my data to the new profile (desktop icons, documents, etc.)... After spending an extended period of time doing this, I found that the issue came back.

So I decided to slowly wipeout the data I was putting back.

I removed all of "my documents", and the issue still existed. I then attempted to remove all of my desktop icons, and it appeared to have resolved the issue.

I started placing them back, and the issue re-appeared. I was convinced it was a particular folder or file on the desktop that was causing the problem, so I started removing them in groups, until it resolved my problem. I placed random groups back, and the problem came back.

My solution, I created folders for a few groups of my icons.

My desktop icons are very organized, across multiple monitors, and keep them at a small size, hence it doesn't look overwhelming or cluttered (not a messy desktop).. I was surprised that having too many desktop icons breaks "browse for folder”..

I had 252 icons; I reduced it to 197 icons to resolve the issue. I am not sure what the limit is, I am guessing 200??

I'd consider this to be a BUG in windows 7, and not a feature. Hopefully microsoft will resolve this issue in with an update..


I hope this helps anyone else who may run into this problem..
 

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I had 252 icons; I reduced it to 197 icons to resolve the issue. I am not sure what the limit is, I am guessing 200??

I'd consider this to be a BUG in windows 7, and not a feature. Hopefully microsoft will resolve this issue in with an update..

I hope this helps anyone else who may run into this problem..
How does one find anything, with 252 icons?
and are these icons, files or are they links?

Since this "Browse For Folder" program is based on 32 bit api's and you are expecting it to fully function on a 64 OS?

Then it is a issue with the program and NOT Windows 7 64 bit.
 

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Everyone has their method of organization and having a work flow.

They are a mix of icons, folders, documents/data, and things I am working on, organized in a clean way across multiple montiors with small icons. I work on many issues at the same time, and having fast and visual access to whatever I am working on is crusal to me. However it looks like I need to find a better method, as it break windows or browse for folder.. :)

I store the files I am not working on in folders within folders like everyone else.. :)

Browse for folder appears to be part of windows as many programs use that to allow you to pick a folder, and it effected ALL of those programs, many of the programs are 64bit.
 

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Your method of file storage is typical, but NOT on the desktop.
Before XP there was a 64K limit for the desktop, but that was removed with XP, or expanded to a very high limit which you now have found.


The desktop has not been designed for the storage of all this data. If these icon were true links to the different folders and sub folders then the issue would NOT be a problem.

How do you back up all of these files and folders?

If you were to use Windows Explorer, can you browse to these files and folders without going through the "Desktop" folder listed under the the User name?
 

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They work fine on the desktop, explorer, and everywhere else except it only breaks browse for folder, which only appears in certain programs 32bit and 64 bit which generally allows you to pick a folder to either use or save content in via that particular application. Such as the dialog I posted in the original post.. :)

Your method of file storage is typical, but NOT on the desktop.
Before XP there was a 64K limit for the desktop, but that was removed with XP, or expanded to a very high limit which you now have found.

The desktop has not been designed for the storage of all this data. If these icon were true links to the different folders and sub folders then the issue would NOT be a problem.

How do you back up all of these files and folders?

If you were to use Windows Explorer, can you browse to these files and folders without going through the "Desktop" folder listed under the the User name?
 
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