How to resolve?

By dlcooper52 ·
In trying to create a new folder, say on the Desktop, right clicking brings up the "NEW" menu but it contains only "Compressed (zip) folder" rather than offering an ordinary folder. Can't seem to find a path for resolution at MS. (Registry is clean.)

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What OS is in use here?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How to resolve?

If you are using Unix giving you directions for how to add a Folder to a Windows Desktop isn't going to be much use to you and giving you directions to add a folder to a XP Desktop isn't much use if you are using Vista or 7.

However no matter what OS you are using here you need to enter the Desktop Folder and create the New Folder there. As to how you do that I would need to know which OS is being used.


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by dlcooper52 In reply to What OS is in use here?

Thanks for engaging this. O/S is Win 7, but "Desktop, New" offers a number of choices but only a "Compressed (zip) folder", no ordinary one.

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by seanferd In reply to How to resolve?

things that show up in the New context menu are stored in the registry. These are found under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/(extension name), where the extension refers to whatever file type. Under the extension key, the has to be a ShellNew key which adds this to the New context menu.

Now, we have no history here. Was this machine always like this, or did the items suddenly disappear? The registry may have been corrupted, or there may be a policy in place allowing only Zip on this menu (which would be odd, but who knows?).

In Vista and 7, you can turn items to be shown in the menu on and off with a utility like ShellNewHandler.

So, which OS is this, and was it always thus, or is this a new problem?

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by dlcooper52 In reply to Generically,

Thanks for helping.

O/S = WIN7. Problem wasn't always here but has now been long present, with my avoidance. Registry cleaner may be culprit.

ShellNew certainly allows enable/disable but so far I haven't found a way to "add". Will study further.

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A couple options.

by seanferd In reply to ShellNew

One: Reinstall or repair-install Windows or relevant applications to get their ShellNew extensions back.

Two: Copy the registry keys from a working installation of 7 and merge them into your computer.

[edit: This may work for 7 as well as Vista to restore some of those missing bits: ]

Yeah, with tools like ShellNewHandler, if the ShellNew extensions have been deleted rather than disabled, you cannot re-enable them.

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Workaround for windows

by TobiF In reply to How to resolve?

If you're using windows, here's a workaround, until you've fixed the root problem:
Open a command line and write the command:
mkdir EmptyFolder
Now you have an empty folder, which you can copy, move and rename in the graphical interface.

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Any port in a storm

by santeewelding In reply to Workaround for windows
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by dlcooper52 In reply to Workaround for windows

Thanks for the workaround, it certainly gives me a breather.

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GUI version

by seanferd In reply to Workaround for windows

Once you have a new folder wherever you want it, leave it there. Then drag and copy it wherever you want it.

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Thanks to all

by dlcooper52 In reply to Workaround for windows

Thanks to all who responded. "Windows Repair" did the trick. Other suggestions were also helpful. Phew!

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