windows xp folder options menu missing

January 19, 2010 at 10:09:17
Specs: Windows XP, 1gb
i cant see the folder options in view menu. my system is in windows xp pro. i cant even see the run option in the start menu. plz help any1.

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January 19, 2010 at 10:27:41
Go to the link below and scroll down to line 129 (left column) and click on "Restore Folder Options Under Tools" to download a reg file fix. Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.

For the Run problem right click the Start button, choose Properties under the Start Menu tab click the Customize button, under the Advanced tab checkmark Run Command, click OK/Apply/OK.

If the Run Command is not there line 57 (right column) "Restore the Run Command" reg file fix at the same link,


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January 19, 2010 at 10:28:07
Everything else works OK ? Did a virus check recently ?

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January 19, 2010 at 10:54:35
There is a great number of reasons for this. Is this your computer or a work computer? If yours then...

Your computer is logged in as Guest. Log off back to the logon screen and press ctrl+alt+del twice to get the admin logon screen and type Administrator in the logon user name. The password is probably blank unless you set one up when you first installed windows.

Once you are logged on as administrator then right-click the My Computer (on your start menu) then select Manage on the menu. Then select Local Users and Gusts -> Users -> then righ-click on your name. Goto properties -> then the Member of Tab. Make sure you are an administrator and not a guest.

If you can not logon as administrator then I suggest you get professional help.

If you are already administrator then your local GPO has gotten messed up. If this is the case then click Start -> Run -> gpedit.msc. If you are administrator then you should be able to get in otherwise you will get an access denied error. Once in the GP Editor goto

User configration -> Administrative templates ->Windows components -> Windows Explorer
and disabled "Remove the folder options menu from tools options"

Viruses like to turn this off to hide them selves. When was the last time you did a scan on your computer?

If that does not work then try the registry. Start -> Run -> Regedit. Once in the registry editor goto HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Policy and set the "disable cmd" or "disable Folder Options" to 0 to turn them off.

This requires a high level of computer knowledge. If you are not comfortable with this then I recommend getting professional help.

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