If you are running Microsoft Windows XP and unable to access your hidden files and folders or unable to locate folder options menu in Windows Explorer than most probably your computer is infected by some malicious virus. Problems with folder options menu is one of the most common errors linked with Microsoft Windows XP. The main reason behind the issue is some malicious virus or Trojan attack. The virus blocks the process of registry updating of Windows XP and creates a false entry in registry to actually disable the Folder Options in Windows Explorer or make some of its functionalities to work improperly including hidden files and folders.

However, you can easily fix this problem by some basic editing in the Windows XP registry. I have listed couple of methods in the lines below to overcome the Folder Options Problem in Microsoft Windows XP.

Method A to restore Folder Options Menu:

  • Go to Start -> Run
  • Type “regedit” in the text box and click “OK”
  • In the registry editor, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft ->Windows ->Current Version -> Policies -> Explorer

  • Double click “NoFolderOptions” on the right hand side menu, and change the value to “0″.

This is it, close the registry editor and restart your computer.

Method B to fix Hidden Files Problem:

  • Go to Start -> Run
  • Type “regedit” and click “OK”
  • In the registry editor, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Explorer -> Advanced -> Folder -> Hidden -> ShowAll

  • Delete “CheckedValue” on the right hand side menu
  • Create a new key “CheckedValue” as a DWORD (hexadecimal) with value 1.

Done! Show hidden files and folders option should now work properly.