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Windows XP Pro SP2. I can however access Folder Options from the Tools menu in Windows Explorer.

So nothing happened when I double-clicked Folder Options in Control Panel. Right-click then select Open didn't do anything either. No errors, warnings, or alerts at all. I'm using an administrator-equivalent user account with no password set.

I did a full scan with Avast 4.8 and it detected nothing on my PC. Left me wondering what caused this.


Edit - I use bbLean 1.17 as shell which is apparently the source of the problem. As pointed out by John T.

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You can also open it from the Run dialog.


control folders

calling Dllregisterserver also usually fixes weird problems like these, try:

regsvr32 /i shell32.dll
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Tried that, nothing happened. Oh, and I used bbLean as shell. –  Cliche7 Aug 21 '09 at 17:40
There have been a lot of problems regarding bblean with windows explorer. A problem somewhat like yours is found here: lostinthebox.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7915 –  John T Aug 21 '09 at 17:55
@Cliche7: That is important information that you ought to mention in your question. –  arathorn Aug 21 '09 at 17:56
Yeah I forgot to mention that. Man, I've been googling about this folder options problem to no avail. John got the answer. Thank you very much. –  Cliche7 Aug 21 '09 at 18:09
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when you open my computer click on tools from (file edit view favorites tools help) menu and tell me if you can see folder options and if you see it tell me what happen when you click on it because maybe your PC is infected with malware that prevent you to open folder options.

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Yep it's there and I can access it. –  Cliche7 Aug 21 '09 at 18:10
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OK try this software it restore folder options Download RRT (Remove Restrictions Tool)

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I had same problem, wasted loads of time.. The Folder Option window HAD opened Behind all other windows...minimise everything and it could be there

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