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  Five More Annoying PC Annoyances
Subject:   Help: Win Xp explorer --> View --> Explorer Bar - Folders
Date:   2005-11-23 06:02:06
From:   BobCymbalski
Response to: Help: Win Xp explorer --> View --> Explorer Bar - Folders

The Problem: You set up your PC with a specific folder view, with Explorer -> Tools -> Folder Options -> View / Folder View / Apply to all Folders. However, even after you do that, every time you open a folder, it does not look like you configured it. An alternate problem is that you no longer can see ore enable the common tasks in folders.


Why: You have a group policy that is disabling that capability (I know, it isn't documented that this is a side-effect... but after fighting with it for over a month, I finally figured it out).


Solution: Go to the appropriate Group Policy and configure:


User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Explorer / Turn on Classic Shell. Set to DISABLED.


It is possible that other policies also impact this, such as active desktop; I have it set with all active desktop items disabled except for this one.



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  • Help: Win Xp explorer --> View --> Explorer Bar - Folders
    2007-03-03 14:27:56  warble [View]

    Dang! I have been fighting this issue for months!

    There are several WRONG solution suggestions that do not work.

    Thanks for posting the solution!