Folder Options brings up different window

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
June 29, 2010 at 11:27:07
Specs: Windows XP Pro w. SP3
Clicking Tools, Folder Options in Windows Explorer opens a window with two tabs: File Types and Offline Files. Not what I expect. Now I can't change the behavior of windows opening - in same window or separate windows. How do I change this back to the way it's supposed to be? I'm not afraid to use the registry.

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#1
June 29, 2010 at 11:45:31
rocketmouse, The link below has a reg file (folderopt_tabs.reg) fix which should correct your problem. It's under the word "Attachments".

Missing tabs in Folder Options dialog box in Windows XP

http://www.winhelponline.com/articl...

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#2
June 29, 2010 at 12:49:31
Aw, sigh! It didn't work - I even restarted when it didn't work right away. Thanks for the effort, though. The problem for me with adding someone else's reg file is that I find it hard (and confusing) to go thru the edit and find exactly what it was they added. I'd really like to know which key controls Folder Options, so that I might (emphasis here...) try to fix it myself.

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#3
June 29, 2010 at 13:11:07
rocketmouse, You should be able to see what is in that reg file by right clicking it, choose edit and select Notepad. I'm surprized that it didn't work as it has worked for others in the past.

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#4
June 29, 2010 at 13:27:23
Yes, thank you, I did look at the edit - but I'm not savvy enuff to know about CLSIDs and how to deal with them. If that's truly where the "master control" key is for the Folder Options I guess I'm sunk with this approach. But perhaps I should drill down from there and see what I can find before I cry uncle.

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#5
June 29, 2010 at 13:45:46
And I found... exactly nothing more than the "Global Folder Settings," "ThreadingModel"="Both," and "File Types Page" entries I had seen before. There has to be a "place" (read key or subkey) in the registry where I can set things right again - however it got messed up in the first place. At one time (or was it twice) I tried scanning the system with sfc (scannow) but got nothing. Other ideas?

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#6
June 29, 2010 at 13:56:03
rocketmouse, It wouldn't hurt anything to try this:

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.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_...

Just maybe it would restore the missing tabs.

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#7
June 29, 2010 at 14:38:54
Um... "Content Encoding Error
The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because it uses an invalid or unsupported form of compression."
I tried getting there a few other ways, but in the end always ran into this message. Do they have a problem?

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#8
June 29, 2010 at 14:42:33
rocketmouse, That's strange as I can get right into the site, Try deleting your Temporary Internet Files than try the site again.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_...

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp.htm

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#9
June 29, 2010 at 14:56:51
Thank you. I got there with http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp.... Now where to find the "Restore Folder Options Under Tools." I tried looking under both R and F. That doesn't mean it's not there, just that my eyes are going "round and round..."
Btw, I'm so grateful you're sticking with me!

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#10
June 29, 2010 at 15:24:55
Found it. It turns out they do have a search-function (of sorts) - I'd missed it on the first go-around. Unfortunately, merging that one didn't help either. I'd really hate to have to re-install this old work horse over something like that, but I really do need to change the behavior of how windows open (to 'in the same window' - having to close each of the windows as I'm working is getting to be a drag.) Maybe there's a work-around...

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#11
June 29, 2010 at 16:59:19
rocketmouse, Have you tried a System Restore to the closest date prior to this problem? Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore.


Also see reply #5 & #6 in the thread at the link below.

http://www.cybertechhelp.com/forums...

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#12
June 29, 2010 at 18:00:36
Unfortunately the problem seems to predate any System Restore Points present, but I will try replacing the browseui.dll and shell32.dll files tomorrow and see if that helps. I did check those files before, but didn't think to replace them when they seemed OK. It seems to have worked for the poster Dawnstar so I'll give it a try.

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#13
June 30, 2010 at 12:53:25
YES! THAT WORKED! Wow, finally. Thank you for finding that answer!!! It was worth every minute (hour, really) and every mouse-stroke involved. Once again, I can't thank you enough for sticking with me through all this!

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#14
June 30, 2010 at 13:26:35
rocketmouse, Glad to see that the problem is fixed & Thanks for posting back to let us know.

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