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I'm running Windows XP Pro SP2. As the question says, I can't open "Folder Options" from "Control Panel". I can, however, access "Folder Options" from the Tools menu in Windows Explorer.

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: – 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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