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. vv

    im using xp this trick in not working
    any help

  2. kalipada acharya

    thank u so much for helping me to restore my folder options

  3. Jake

    Thanks!!! I have just recovered my missing Folder option

  4. Brad M

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

  5. Paul

    Thanks very much, this worked like a charm, my file extensions are BACK

  6. aman

    thanks a lot.
    It works!!!!!!!!

  7. Balanat

    Thanks, really did work

  8. niraj

    thanks dude was really helpful.

  9. Shinobu

    OMG!! Thank god it worked!! This is a very cool and helpful site!!

  10. Susana

    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?

  11. FadiHumzz

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  12. Paul

    I`m lost 4 words…ur the BEST!!

  13. dy

    it works!!
    thanks!! 🙂

  14. Youmma

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    people are ready to help each other

  15. Ken

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

  16. Aashutosh

    Thanx Dude U Fixed My Full System

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  18. Dhruv

    thankx dude it really worked

  19. Mehedi

    Thanks a lot bro.. Thank u sooo much..

  20. Anthony

    Worked perfect, many thanks!!!

  21. Acip

    Thanks a lot.. =)

  22. Amol

    Thanks It Works…

  23. prabhu

    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…………..

  24. justin

    gpedit.msc failed to initialize.. fatal exception

  25. benino

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

  26. munna gupta

    thanks buddy u solved my problem…

  27. Hagos

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

  28. Rouswell worked for me!.

  29. Aname

    Very helpful, cheers! 

  30. Izudin

    thanks man you are a PC Doctor 😀 😉

  31. govind tvs

    yes ……..this is working……….

  32. Wacko Praveen

    thanks for help me..
    this web site is superb,
    or i will say ur the pc docter,s

  33. myst

    thank you very much. it saved me from a very bad situation.

  34. Susana

    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).

  35. Karan

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


    thank you so much it worked in my computer

  37. akemiportilla