How to Restore Folder Options in the Control Panel

Introduction: How to Restore Folder Options in the Control Panel

About: PERIANDER ABAN ESPLANA is a writer, composer, inventor, researcher, homepage developer, innovator, and educator in the field of science and computer technology. As a government scholar, under Private Educati…

Computer virus is a self-replicating executable program that damage or even destroy files or disks. It always occupies disk space and sometimes the main memory. There are different anti-virus softwares which can effectively remove viruses such as Norton, Avira, NOD32, Kaspersky, McAfee, AVG, Avast, etc. The different kinds of viruses are boot-sector virus, denial-of-service attack, e-mail worm, file virus, hoax, macrovirus, multipartite virus, etc.

Even though viruses have already been removed/deleted in your computer, it left damages to your computer. One of them is the changed attribute in your folders from archive/read-only to hidden. Thus, you will think that some of your folders have already been erased or deleted by virus and anti-virus. Just look at the status bar to see how many hidden folders in a particular drive or path in your computer.

If you will try to change again its attribute in the folder options at the control panel, you will be shocked to know that the folder options icon is missing. It has been removed in the control panel. It has been hidden together with some of your important folders. And even if you try to restore the folder options icon in the toolbar by customizing it, it has no use for you can never click it at all.

Of course, you can still see your hidden folders by using special program for compressed files called WinRAR, you can use it to delete *.exe made by the virus (* represents any name of your folder or file copied by the virus).

But there are many things which you want to do that cannot be done through WinRAR such as copying and pasting folders/files, viewing folders/files in thumbnails, etc.

The only solution is to restore the folder options in the control panel. In this instructable, I am going to teach you step-by-step how to restore folder options in the control panel. It will also appear in My Computer and its icon can now be used in the toolbar. Please be sure that all viruses have already been removed before you apply this advanced computer tutorial.

Periander "theSeventhSage" Esplana

Step 1: Go to Start Button and Select Run.

Simply press (left click) the start button which can be found at the extreme left bottom of your computer screen or desktop and select Run by left clicking it (double click).

Step 2: Type Gpedit.msc and Click OK.

Type the words "gpedit.msc" (without quotation marks and spaces) and click the OK button. You'll see that the Group policy and local computer policy will be opened.

Step 3: Select User Configuration and Double Click It.

Under the local computer policy, select the "User Configuration" by double clicking it. The User Configuration will be opened.

Step 4: Double Click Administrative Templates.

Under the user configuration, open the "Administrative Templates" by double clicking it.

Step 5: Double Click Windows Components.

Open the "Windows Components".

Step 6: Double Click Windows Explorer.

Open the "Windows Explorer".

Step 7: Right Click Removes Folder Options Menu...

Right click "Removes Folder Options menu from the Tools menu" and select (left click) properties.

Step 8: Select Disabled Button and Click Apply and Then OK.

See the images below if you have followed correctly our instructable.

Step 9: You Can Now Go to the Control Panel and Look What You’ve Got!

Check your control panel if you restored already the folder options. If you've restored it, congratulations!!!

Step 10: Conclusion

If you follow carefully the above step-by-step instructions, you can now see your hidden folders. Just choose the folder options, double click it and select the View tab. In the advanced setting, under hidden files and folders, select the Show hidden files and folders button. Change the attribute of the folder by right clicking it and uncheck the “hidden” button.

As you can see, for every computer problem, there is always solution. Just used your God-given mind and don’t waste it. Search the Internet and you’ll have it.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Most of the times we observe that, the folder option is get skipped from the Tools menu. Because of some spam/warms/threats,hence that option is disabled at the back-end automatically.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    This instructions really help me!Thanks to all the team.


    13 years ago on Introduction

    What operating system are you talking about?


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    The OS is obviously Windows XP. Just look at the pictures. You cannot find them in Linux, Mac OS, Win 98, DOS, Win Vista (not "inspirat"), Unix, etc. But try it if you can.


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Windows was obvious. There are so many flavors of Windows and even XP that beyond that, it was not obvious. I was hoping you used Vista because one of the big headaches with Vista is that it forgets your folder settings immediately after you set them.


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Not only that, in fact there are many third party softwares which are not compatible to Windows Vista. It greatly affected Microsoft business strategy.