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"New" option missing in Context Menu in XP

By SpaceCrime
Mar 29, 2010
  1. In windows explorer left panel with all the folder displayed, the "new" folder create option is missing in the context menu when right clicking any file folder. How do I restore this?
    I searched the web but couldn't find a solution for XP but only for Vista.

    Thanks.
    Jay.
     
  2. ucould2

    ucould2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 335

    Did you recently update from XPsp2 to XPsp3
     
  3. SpaceCrime

    SpaceCrime TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    I've had SP3 for a while now.

    This glitch just happened couple days ago and I did not install any new programs lately.

    I've also scanned twice NAV & Malware Bytes, no viral activity.
     
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,373   +167

    I found this kellys korner XP tip. Scroll to tip #395 to remove/restore New from Context Menu

    Sounds like what you need but i never tried it myself so backup your registry and do so at own risk
     
  5. SpaceCrime

    SpaceCrime TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    I tired that reg fix, but it did not work. I even rebooted the PC.
     
  6. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,373   +167

    Hmmm.. well, you might also try doing a System Restore to see if you can restore to a point with the old still working registry settings.
     
  7. SpaceCrime

    SpaceCrime TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Well system restore was likely my last resort but do you think if someone gave me their copy of an exported registry setting for that specific area, will it fix it?


    In regedit highlight the explorer folder in this path and right-click to export:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\


    I'm running XP SP3.
     
  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,373   +167

  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,452   +227

    Why a last resort? It's not complicated and you can undo the restoration if you don't like the results.
     
  10. SpaceCrime

    SpaceCrime TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    The new user profile is something I'd try, but since I have only one profile in the PC I use, hence as administrator, will this be any problem? As I am creating a new profile, can there be two administrator simultaneously?
     
  11. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,373   +167

    1. When you create a new user account, note you can the check box to assign the new userid either Adminstrator or Limited User rights
    2. So while you can only have one userid named Administrator you can still have any number of userids that are assigned Administrative rights (which is what you mean)

    /* edit /
    p.s. as mailpup also points out, doing a sytem restore shouldn't be a big issue either if needed
     
     
  12. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    I'd agree with the guys above - just do a system restore to a point when it was working properly. You don't lose any data and it's probably safer than messing around with the registry.
     
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