Folder Options missing in Windows XP

After a virus attack in one of my client machines, the folder options from the windows explorer was missing and we were unable to show all the files including the hidden ones. So here’s what I did to restore it back:
Go to Run –>gpedit.msc
User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Windows Components –> Windows Explorer
Enable and then Disable “Removes Folder Options menu from Tools menu
Close all windows explorer windows and then open again.. most probably your folder options is back 🙂


292 responses to “Folder Options missing in Windows XP”

  1. This only works for windows xp Professional Users. For others you must use the registry edit.

  2. I don´t have a Windows Explorer option under
    User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Windows Components –>
    Does that mean, the virus got rid of that too? What can I do?

  3. Thanks! it works perfectly! i was searching for the way to solve this for a long time. finally i got it. =)

  4. actually i suffered without folder option in my computer…. based on your suggestion i got my folder option in windows xp…. Thanks for your suggestion…………..

  5. I navigated to
    “User Configuration->Administrative templates->Windows Components”
    and then got stuck. there is no “Windows Explorer” element. 🙁 Any suggestions?

  6. folder option is not found & regedit is not working.i am getting in to trouble can u please help me?

  7. Running gpedit.msc didn’t work, because there was no Windows Explorer option.
    Running regedit, I added the NoFolderOptions with 0, then rebooted my computer, and it still doesn’t work. There is also a HonorAutorunSetting = 0x1 and a (standard) type SZ, (value not set).

  8. hey thx dear…
    it Works…. i was so tierd to find options for it n finally i got 1… thnx… 🙂