I have just installed standalone QGIS 2.0.1 on a PC with Windows 8. But, when I open it and try to add layers nothing happens? I browse to find the file I want and click 'open' but it doesn't turn up as a 'dataset' under 'source'. My first thought was that it is something with the encoding (it says 'system'). The encoding on my other PC with QGIS 1.8.0 is set to 'UTF-8'.

I installed QGIS 2.0.1 on another PC with Windows 8 a few months ago, and it works fine. What can I have done wrong? Can it be something with the settings?

I have tried with both .shp and .ecw-files.

  • It is better to specify the file format/extension for a more specific answer. – Sorin Călinică Feb 5 '14 at 13:01

Did you tried all the source types when have searched for your file or, at least, the file source type?

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Or, can you see your file in Windows Explorer?

Then, please, try to drag and drop your file directly into the QGIS Layers panel:

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Remember, also, not to put your files directly in the c:\ root directory!

  • First I tried the file source type, then the others, first with a .shp and later with a .ecw. Didn't work. I also tried to drag-and-drop, but that doesn't work either? – SoS Feb 5 '14 at 13:29
  • But are your files visible within Wiindows Explorer? – Sorin Călinică Feb 5 '14 at 13:32
  • Maybe you need to set the folder's visibility like here: bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/show-hidden-files-in-windows-8 – Sorin Călinică Feb 5 '14 at 13:34
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    Try to move your files in a path like this: c:\SpatialFiles using no spaces and no special characters, then try again. – Sorin Călinică Feb 5 '14 at 13:42
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    I moved my files, and now it worked! I had them on a USB, and then I moved them to C:\. Now I am going to try to set the folder's visibility, to see if that helps even more. – SoS Feb 5 '14 at 13:57

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