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New Folder Options Missing In Windows 7

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Uncategorized, Windows Explorer

Alberta from Missouri writes:

I run windows 7 Home Premium and the new folder option is also gone on mine, the instructions I read instructions on your site for windows XP, Can you tell me how to get my folder option back in windows 7? Its annoying to have to copy a blank folder and then paste it where I want a new folder. I sure appreciate all of your information. Hope I didn’t miss the answer to this on while I was gone. Thank you so much.

Hello Alberta. The article you referenced should also work in Windows 7, the registry key is the same. If you need help navigating and understanding the registry, check out this article from our archives. However, I will try to help out a little bit more here, as well. The problem is caused by an issue in the registry, so it should be fixed the same way in XP and Windows 7.

First, you need to go to the start menu, and in the search bar at the bottom, type regedit.

This will open up the registry. You will need to navigate to the following folder:


*Note, when trying to find the folders, you can type the first few letters and it will find the folders

Click on (Default) and be certain the value is {D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}


 This should solve the problem.

If it still does not work, there is another solution, posted by Linda Yan in a Microsoft forum, which links to her Skydrive account for a file.

1. Click Start, type regedit in Search Bar, and then click regedit in the Programs list.

2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:


 3. Right click on the Folder key on the left pane, and then select “Export” to backup this registry key.

4. Go to my Skydrive and download file.

5. Save the file on to your Desktop.

6. Right click and extract the folderfix.reg file.

7. Right click on the folderfix.reg file and then click Merge.

8. Click Yes to confirm the modification.

I have not personally tested this solution, but several people posted saying it worked for them. I hope one of these solutions help.


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3 Responses to “New Folder Options Missing In Windows 7”

  1. Jack says:

    I had tried everything from many websites to fix this problem, but nothing seemed to work. When I saw this skydrive download, I thought, why not? I downloaded and it worked! Months of frustration finally gone. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  2. Steph says:

    The only problem I have with this “fix” is that a lot of us don’t like messing with the registry. I think a warning to your readers would be appropriate such as “be careful – you make a mistake in the registry and could possibly not get Windows to work!” Just a suggestion. :)

    • audra says:

      Hi Steph,

      That is a good point. We should mention that in any article that references changes in the registry. However, in many cases, those changes are the only way to fix the problems people are having. Still, very good to note.

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