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I'm running Vim 8.0 on a Windows 7 system and I'm having this issue whenever I open gvim (the one that runs in a window as opposed to running in cmd) the default path in :pwd is c:\users\"user". If I use the :Explore command it brings up the file explorer showing all the files in there but I can only go up in file paths up to c:\users and that's it, I can't go any upper than that.

More than that if I use the :cd command to go to a different drive (d:), it does change the directory successfully and it does show it if i use :pwd. But if I use :Explore, it doesn't show anything, instead it just does a split screen of the same file containing the same text i have in the initial file.

Furthermore, if I create an asdasd.txt file in d:\ and open it with Vim and then use :Explore, again it does nothing, just goes back to the same line of text I was on in command mode, almost as if the program is looking for access to that directory or cancelling the command because of something like that.

Also, I used Vim 7.4 before this and the commands mentioned worked as expected. Any ideas what the problem might be? Does it need any special configuration?

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Its generally best to try the latest netrw when one has a problem, because that problem may have already been addressed. You can get the latest netrw (v162i) from http://www.drchip.org/astronaut/vim/index.html#NETRW . I think this problem, in particular, has been addressed already, although I don't have a windows box handy to try it out at the moment.

  • Can confirm. This is a known issue (Reported by me :P). The new version of netrw has a fix for it. – Tumbler41 Jan 13 '17 at 19:37
  • hey, thanks a lot. yeah i found out that there's a bug with netrw but for whatever reason it comes with the latest version of vim but yeah, that worked. :) – johndoe Jan 14 '17 at 0:06

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