Need help reverting from Q-Dir back to default windows file explorer in w11


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I'm using the portable version of Q-Dir and there's no proper uninstallation mechanism. I tried removing the folder manually, but when using Win+E, the default file explorer doesn't come up. How do I restore this?
 

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  • OS
    Win 11
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    CPU
    Ryzen 3600
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
    Memory
    GSkill RipJawz 16Gbx2
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    GTX960
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    WD750 SSD 1TB
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The Portable version of programs generally are .zip downloads and decompressed into a folder, I use several on a USB Thumb drive and can use them copied to an internal drive. Only thing I have to do is create a shortcut to the .exe/Executable file which double-clicked opens the program. If no longer needed I just delete that folder and the shortcut. I use FreeCommander and MultiCommander in that manner, also 7-Zip Portable, HWInfo. It's been awhile since I've used Q-Dir, can't recall if I still have it on a machine.
 

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  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
As mentioned after deleting it, pressing win+e still tries to open Q-Dir instead of the default explorer.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 3600
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
    Memory
    GSkill RipJawz 16Gbx2
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX960
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    WD750 SSD 1TB
    PSU
    650w FSP

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit 22H2
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte Z390 UD
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    Intel Core i7 77000 3.60
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z390 UD
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GEForce RTX 2060 Super
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Two 27" Dell 4K monitors
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    M.2 NVME SSD, 500 GB; Two 2TB Mechanical HDD's
    PSU
    850w PSU
    Case
    Cyberpower PC
    Cooling
    Water cooled
    Keyboard
    Backlit Cyberpower gamiong keyboard
    Mouse
    Backlit Cyberpower gaming mouse
    Internet Speed
    1 GB mbps
    Browser
    Brave
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
this is a nightmare.. I used their registry script to restore to default, but pressing Win+E now brings up command prompt instead of File Explorer. Can anyone help to restore it back to usual behavior?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 3600
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
    Memory
    GSkill RipJawz 16Gbx2
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX960
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    WD750 SSD 1TB
    PSU
    650w FSP
I haven't found anything to help except maybe for a reset of Win11. The longer one uses Windows the more will be seen that File Explorer [or previous Windows Explorer] is quite a bit at the core of the OS, sometimes no easy way to correct what seems to be simple.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
@Berton is correct. Sometimes what seems simple...isn't. It would take some time and a lot of careful and knowledgeable attention but you could search for and remove the q-dir registry entries. But if you go messing around in the registry be sure and back up the registry first.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
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