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Solved: "Folder Options" Won't Open

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Brookston, Jan 29, 2011.

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  1. Brookston

    Brookston Thread Starter

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    When I go to the Control Panel and click on Folder Options, all of a sudden it's asking me what program to open it with. What's up with that?! I've never seen this before. I wondered if it is caused by a virus (virus protection recently installed--after the fact--hasn't found anything) or by a recent "Compress rarely used files" routine I may be regretting for other reasons :eek:. Ideas?
     
  2. Phantom010

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    Can it be opened by clicking Tools > Folder Options...?


    Try the following registry fix: CPLFix

    Unzip the fix and extract the .REG file to the Desktop. Right-click the .REG file and choose Merge.

    Reboot the computer.

    If the fix only opens as a text file, right-click it and select Open With > Choose Program... Then, select the Registry Editor.

    If the Registry Editor is not in the list, browse to C:\WINDOWS and select regedit.
     
  3. Brookston

    Brookston Thread Starter

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    Thanks much. I can get into the Folder Options through My Computer / Tools. Should have thought of that.

    I do want my pc to fully behave the way it was intended, however, so I'll have a look at your reg suggestion. It's not quite clear to me what to do on the surface of it, but I'm guessing and hoping it will make sense as I wade into it. Not sure what's merging with what there.

    I have a few other tasks to do first, so I'll come back with another report later on about being able to see Folder Options from the Control Panel as before.

    Thanks again! :cool:
     
  4. Phantom010

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    The .reg file will simply restore the appropriate registry keys for the Control Panel to their original state, if needed. If the fix doesn't solve your problem, no harm will be done to the registry anyway.
     
  5. Brookston

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    Thanks. Nice to know what its purpose is...Control Panel keys. Cool. Thanks again!! Still haven't tried it yet, but have some work I need to do for tomorrow that can't wait. I'll try your suggestion tomorrow afternoon and hope to have a good report.
     
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