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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Administrative Tools folder is empty


When you open the Administrative Tools folder in the Start Menu, the shortcuts in the folder may be missing.

This happens due to one of these reasons:
  • The Administrative Tools shell folder path is incorrectly set.
  • The Administrative Tools shortcuts are deleted accidentally.
For windows XP
  • Start Regedit.exe and navigate to the following locations one by one:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion\Explorer \ User Shell Folders
-and-
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Shell Folders
  • Delete the value named Common Administrative Tools (if present).
  • Close Regedit.exe and restart Windows.
OR
Use this tool to fix the problem:

For Windows Vista
Download the utility

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