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On my Windows XP SP3 laptop, when I open Windows Explorer, Control Panel is always missing from the folder tree in the left pane, obviously even when My Computer is expanded.

My user account is an administrator, and I can enter the Control Panel by typing it in the address bar of Windows Explorer.

I've searched Google and haven't been able to find a solution.

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Open a folder and ho to Tools > Options > View and in the Advanced Settings box, tick Show Control Panel in My Computer

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Thanks Kovags. I did ho and do it and it worked. –  Steve Mar 19 '11 at 5:45
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