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.


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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