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Can't rename new folders in Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by PurpleHelen, Feb 22, 2011.

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  1. PurpleHelen

    PurpleHelen Thread Starter

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    Trying to sort out a problem on hubbie's PC. He claims he has not done/changed anything (!) but now can't rename new folders. You can create a new folder OK in Windows Explorer (XP), but when you right click on the name of a new folder, the usual "rename" option just does not appear, and it is also not possible to click on the name and change it, as you normally can.

    I've tried making sure the folder is not "read only", but am struggling to think what else might have happened to cause this.

    Any bright ideas out there gratefully received! :confused:

    Helen
     
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  3. Jack Hackett

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    with the folder highlighted press the F2 key, does that then allow you to rename it?
     
  4. PurpleHelen

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    Hi Guys - thanks for the suggestions, but it is still a problem. F2 does nothing, and the thread didn't help.

    We are not getting any error message, it is just that when you right click on a folder name, the "rename" option is just not in the drop-down list. It's not greyed out or anything like that, it just isn't there!

    The other option, of clicking on the folder name and editing it, doesn't work either.

    I'm baffled!

    Helen.
     
  5. Jack Hackett

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    XP Home or Pro?
    Can you rename anything at all, or is it just New Folders that you are having issue with?
    are these New Folders on the Desktop?
    I am thinking this may be a folder permissions issue
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    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308419#4
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    Although for Vista it may still be applicable for XP, this tutorial may be able to help you fix the New Folder so that you can rename them again
    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/69837-new-folder.html
    Set a system Restore Point before trying the reg file fix ;)
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  6. PurpleHelen

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    Hi Jack - thanks for your response.

    Hubbie's machine is running Windows XP Pro 2002 Service Pack 3

    It is all document/picture etc. folders, whether new or existing, which are affected. This started a while ago but he can't recall having made any changes which might have caused it (he doesn't mess with his computer much, as it does not interest him - he calls for me!:D)

    These are not desktop folders, just named or new folders in the normal "My documents" and "My pictures" locations.

    He has the only user account on the machine, and has full administrator privileges/permissions (I checked) so I'm afraid the folder permissions links didn't help (and the Vista one is mainly for when you can't create new folders - which we can.)

    So ... no further forward I'm afraid :confused:, but thanks for the suggestions.

    Helen
     
  7. TheOutcaste

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    If you enable the Common Tasks pane, is the Rename option missng there as well?

    Double click My Computer
    Click Tools | Folder Options
    On the General tab, select Show common tasks in folders.

    Navigate to a folder that contains one you want to rename, then highlight the folder.
    Is Rename this folder listed under File and Folder tasks?

    Whether it's there or not, I'd suggest re-registering the shell32.dll file.
    Click Start | Run (or press WinKey+R), type cmd, press Enter
    Type the following and press Enter
    regsvr32 /i %systemroot%\system32\shell32.dll
    You should get a popup with this message:
    DllRegisterServer and DllInstall in C:\Windows\system32\shell32.dll succeeded.
    (C:\Windows may be different on your system depending on the Drive and folder name Windows is installed on)
     

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  8. PurpleHelen

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    Hi Outcaste and thanks for your interest.

    I've checked and the Common Tasks pane is already enabled, but if I navigate to one of the problem folders, *rename* is not showing in the *File & Folder tasks*

    I've narrowed the problem down to all folders and sub-folders in *My Document* - but not those in *Shared Documents* - although I can't see why they should be any different.

    I tried very carefully typing in the string you suggested on the command line.

    The result was an error message:

    *No DLL name specified
    Usage: regsvr32 [/u] [/s] [/n] [/i[:cmd line]] dll name*

    Just re-reading your message - is there a space between /i and the first % sign or not?

    Maybe that's where I went wrong?

    (By the way, I guessed I needed to type *exit* to get out of the command line - I seem to remember that from 25+ years ago when I worked on DOS on very old computers!)
    Helen
     
  9. Jack Hackett

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    regsvr32<SPACE>/i<SPACE>%systemroot%\system32\shell32.dll
     
  10. PurpleHelen

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    Thanks Jack (And Outcaste) - I got the spacing right this time, and I got the pop-up, but ... still no *rename* option, I'm afraid.

    I tried a reboot to be certain, but still no luck.:(
     
  11. TheOutcaste

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    Log in with a different user name, see if you have the same result. If it works in the other user account, that would narrow it down to somthing accoount specific.

    Permissions might prevent you from renaming, but I wouldn't expect the option to rename to be missing, just give an error (access denied most likely) when used.
     
  12. PurpleHelen

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    That's what's so weird - there is only one user account (my husband's own) which of course is an administrator account with full permissions.

    I'll try creating a new account for myself, with full permissions, and see if there is any difference. Had another idea for a work-round - if we can create and rename folders in Shared Documents (where rename seems to appear OK), maybe we can do that and then copy & paste the folder into My Documents!

    Next time I can get on his machine, I try both and let you know!
     
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