Why do I get an error message when trying to save a file from any program or browser in Windows 7?

travellinardie November 13, 2010
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When I try to save a file from any program, I get the error message “the file name is not valid.” When trying to save images or files through the right-click menu of any browser, the error message is “there are no more files.”

System: Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit.
Installed programs: Avira, WinPatrol, DropBox, Skype, WeatherMate, PostBox, Chrome, Launchy, all latest versions.

A search on Google revealed plenty of requests, no useful answers. For example the Microsoft Fixit Centre didn’t fix it.

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