Vista explorer bug madness…and a fix

I’ve been having an issue for the last several days where I have not been able to multi-select files in Explorer in Vista. Keyboard shortcuts didn’t work either nor did the Select All menu option (grayed out).

It would appear that this is a known issue and the problem is that the defaults for certain types of file dialogs where you should only be able to select one file are getting set for all folders. Unfortunately none of the fixes worked. Those fixes were:

  1. Remove the Bags registry key under HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassesLocal SettingsSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShell
  2. Do a reset folder options under Folder Options->View in Explorer

But I did find a fix and it is listed here along with the script that fixed the issue:
Can’t select multiple files in Explorer

Incidentally I do not have Vista 64. This problem can happen on the 32 bit version as well.

Here is the script I used to fix the problem. It is the same one referenced in the link above but I had to rename the file to have a .gif extension. Please rename to .vbs to run it.

Fix Single Select

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