Windows - Folder Options missing from Windows Explorer

Windows - Folder Options missing from Windows Explorer

Following a virus infection, you can no longer access the Folder options from Windows Explorer. Here's how to correct this issue:

Method 1

  • Click on Start > Run
  • Type the following command and press Enter: gpedit.msc
  • Go to User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer
  • Double click on "Remove the Folder Options menu item from the Tools menu" and turn this feature "Off".

Method 2

First you can try to re-register the DLLs:
  • Open the command prompt and type the following commands:
    • regsvr32 /i browseui.dll
    • regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

Enabling the Folder Options via the Registry:
  • Open the Start menu and click Run
  • Type "regedit" to open the registry
  • Go to : HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  • Right-click on NofolderOptions and select "Modify"

  • Set its value to 0 and click on "OK " to reactivate Folder Options
  • Close the registry and restart your computer to save all settings

This manipulation can be simplified using Notepad:
  • Simply open a new file in Notepad by opening the Start menu and heading to: All Programs > Accessories > Notepad
  • Copy and paste the following code into Notepad:
  • REGEDIT4      [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]      "NoFolderOptions"=dword:1      
  • Save this file as "All files" file type

  • Save the file using the .reg extension
Published by netty5. Latest update on November 2, 2016 at 05:54 AM by owilson.
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