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How do I get my folder option back in winxp tools menu

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#1 DocDerek


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Posted 30 September 2009 - 11:40 AM

I just cleared antivirusxp 2010 from win xp and I now have a clean running
(or so it appears, OS) however in my win explorer, my tool menu does not show
my folder options to show hidden folders, etc. do you know how I can restore
it? Thanks. Derek

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#2 Chip Smith

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 11:45 AM

You might try a repair install if you think you thoroughly cleaned your HDD...or you might explore the registry and see if you can't fix it by doing the following:

1. Open Run and type regedit
2. Browse to the following location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
3. Delete the key "NoFolderOptions"
4. Restart

This is all assuming you're running Windows XP, of course.

#3 boopme


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Posted 30 September 2009 - 12:23 PM

A suggestion has been made that involves modifying the registry. Modifying the registry can be dangerous (and can render your system unbootable) so it's advisable that you make a backup of the registry before proceeding.
Modification of the registry can be EXTREMELY dangerous if you do not know exactly what you are doing so follow the steps that are listed below EXACTLY. if you cannot perform some of these steps or if you have ANY questions please ask BEFORE proceeding.

Backing Up Your Registry
  • Go Here and download ERUNT
    (ERUNT (Emergency Recovery Utility NT) is a free program that allows you to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed.)
  • Install ERUNT by following the prompts
    (use the default install settings but say no to the portion that asks you to add ERUNT to the start-up folder, if you like you can enable this option later)
  • Start ERUNT
    (either by double clicking on the desktop icon or choosing to start the program at the end of the setup)
  • Choose a location for the backup
    (the default location is C:\WINDOWS\ERDNT which is acceptable).
  • Make sure that at least the first two check boxes are ticked
  • Press OK
  • Press YES to create the folder.
Registry Modifications

For more information about modifying the registry, see this Microsoft article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/256986
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#4 DocDerek

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 08:39 AM

I am at a crossroad now, My original user profile will load, but it am locked out of regedit, and spybot etc will not
execute. however my AVG freeware is operating correctly. I get locked by administrator error messages when
I attempt to run MBAM.

I created a new user profile, it will allow me to open cmd, regedit, set my folders to no hidden files.
but still locks me out of MBAM or Spybot.
AVG free did a great job of cleaning up, but I still have these few problems. Any advice how to
get beyond this ?

Thank you all, Derek.

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