Recently my computer was hit by a virus attack, as a result of that some very important aspects of my windows installation was restricted / tampered with. my windows explorer folder options went missing.
I was thinking of doing a re-installation of Windows XP but then again it was just too much for me at that time, was very cold and i wasn’t feeling that well either.. so i just had to get into the core of the problem.
I managed to fix the issues by doing some tweaking with the registry editor (regedit.exe) and the same results can be achieved using the Windows Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).
Issue – Windows Explorer Folder Tool Options Missing in Windows XP!
The windows tool options is a very important aspect of your Windows, it allows you to modify various settings including and most importantly your file-types. If you are having the same problem with your Windows XP. Follow the below instructions and it’ll be resolved.
- Go to run and type
- Look for
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer.
Remove Folder Options menu from Tools menu, Enable it first and then Disable it.
- After-wards close all the Windows Explorer or any other Windows and see if that works, it probably should.
- Done 🙂
If your problem still hasn’t been resolved, there is another workaround but this method requires you have access to your windows registry
regedit.exe; Follow the below instructions to use the registry editor method to fix the windows explorer tool options.
- Goto run and type
- Goto the following key:
- In your
regedit.exeright hand panel you should see a value called
NoFolderOptionschange its value to 0.
0 means to disable it and 1 means you want to hide it. let me know if the above solutions worked for you as it will make me happy to know that.
If you are having trouble using Windows Registry Editor
regedit.exe you should read My upcoming post on how to solve the Registry Editor Disabled Issue. The solution will be for those who can’t access the windows registry editor
regedit.exe because some administration restriction message is preventing it.
Thanks for reading and please post below if this has helped you or not.