8 Replies Latest reply on Jan 18, 2013 7:36 AM by 1hiresdes2

    Bizarre error when trying to open .fla files in Windows Explorer

    1hiresdes2

      "Windows cannot find '(path of the .fla file INCLUDING the filename)'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search." error message given when I click on any .fla file in Windows Explorer to open it in Flash 8 Pro (as I've ALWAYS done before). Flash opens but no file is opened in it. If I click the fla file a second time THEN it opens in Flash (which is already opened from the first attempt.). This never happened before. I have 2 more laptops that work fine (as did THIS Win XP-SP3 pc until about a week ago), ALL with Flash 8 Pro (1 laptop w/XP-SP3 - just like the main PC with the new 'problem'), 1 laptop w/Vista Ultimate SP2. Even compared registry entries from XP laptop side-by-side - no differences at all. Everything is literally 'word-for-word'. Also compared FileMap.xml - no differences. Reinstalled Flash (no success) then out of frustration reinstalled XP with full disk format (and then everything else all over again - took 3 days) - still no success. Files open from the Flash 'File\Open' menu no problem - just not from Windows Explorer anymore. Nothing is different than before (when everything was ok - same installed programs, apps, updates, exact same 'set-up' as far as Windows drivers, system settings, prefs etc goes. VERY bizarre!

        • 1. Re: Bizarre error when trying to open .fla files in Windows Explorer
          kglad Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          that's an operating system error, not a flash error.

           

          google your error message and see what others have done to fix the problem.

          • 2. Re: Bizarre error when trying to open .fla files in Windows Explorer
            1hiresdes2 Level 1

            I've been doing that for 3 weeks now. All examples of 'Windows cannot find ....' deal with opening Access or Excel database files, or Word .doc files so the 'fixes' all involve those apps and reg entries for them (btw- I don't even have Access or Excel, and Word is working fine) Nothing about fla files. As far as the OS goes - it's all new - no chance for stuff to 'go wrong' yet. Besides - it the same OS as one of my laptops - both have all updates etc applied. Thankx

            • 3. Re: Bizarre error when trying to open .fla files in Windows Explorer
              kglad Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              you can open flash, click help>deactivate, uninstall it, and re-install and re-activate.

              • 4. Re: Bizarre error when trying to open .fla files in Windows Explorer
                1hiresdes2 Level 1

                I had already done that the first time (with no results), which finally led to a full format of the hdd and then reinstalling the OS itself (and then reinstalling everything else), again - with no results. Thankx again

                • 5. Re: Bizarre error when trying to open .fla files in Windows Explorer
                  1hiresdes2 Level 1

                  Noticed a 'typo' in my main post: The line: (as did THIS Win XP-SP3 pc until about a week ago),

                  should really say: (as did THIS Win XP-SP3 pc until about 3 weeks ago),

                  • 6. Re: Bizarre error when trying to open .fla files in Windows Explorer
                    1hiresdes2 Level 1

                    As you know Flash 8 was a Macromedia product. They don't exist anymore - being absorbed by the all powerful, all seeing, all knowing Adobe Systems (sort of reminds me of the BORG on Star Trek - you know 'Resistance is futile').


                    I tried literally everything - to no avail. Since I did try everything - up to and including a complete HDD full format and OS reinstall (which only accomplished deleting several days of my life that I'll never get back) I have come to the conclusion that it must be something inherent in the program that only affects installations performed after 12/31/12.


                    My 2 laptops have no issues because the program has been on them for years and has never been reinstalled, but I would be willing to bet if I had to reinstall it on them I would start getting the same problem (since it's now past 12/31/12).

                     

                    On 12/31/12 Adobe did something in a way 'similar' to CS2 owners by rendering the activation of CS2 products inoperative. I found this out the hard way after I had just reinstalled everything while trying to deal with this issue. I had to spend hours on the phone to finally get the news from 'Dave' in Indonesia that Adobe decided to just arbitrarily render their CS2 customers paid-for software obsolete and inoperative! (Out of fairness they DID provide 'replacement' apps that don't require activation - thus avoiding MEGA lawsuits).

                     

                    Anyway - I'm just saying that software makers can build anything into their product, including date specific limitations without the consumer ever being aware of it.


                    With the exception of this issue it otherwise works fine, and I guess I'll just have to deal with it from now on by dbl-clicking on Fla files TWICE instead of once - otherwise affectionately known as 'quadruple-clicking', (but if you count closing the error window then it's 'quintuple-clicking').

                     

                    I don't mind being proven wrong - so if somebody out there knows what is going on here (besides my theory of software developers time limitations resulting in complete world domination) feel free to reply. I'll get an email telling me someone replied and I'll come to this post and have a look.

                    (suggestions to reinstall will be ignored - been there, done that)

                    • 7. Re: Bizarre error when trying to open .fla files in Windows Explorer
                      moccamaximum Level 5

                      If you are running Windows XP SP3 this could be the solution you are searching for.

                      • 8. Re: Bizarre error when trying to open .fla files in Windows Explorer
                        1hiresdes2 Level 1

                        I checked out the regsrv stuff. Everything was already OK. Thankx anyway.