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  • I am unable to create a new folder by any means in Windows 7. From within Windows Explorer if I select the "New Folder" option, nothing happens. Also, from the Desktop, the "Folder" option does not show when right-clicking and selecting "New".

    I have done a system restore back beyond where I knew it was working and am still not able to create a new folder.

    Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Mike

    Sunday, May 23, 2010 5:53 PM

Answers

  • Hi Mike,

     

    First, please use System File Checker tool to troubleshoot this issue.

     

    If the issue persists, import the following registry key and see if the issue can be resolved.

     

    First, please refer to this knowledge base (KB) article to back up the registry key. After backing up the registry, please follow the steps below to import the registry:

     

    1. Click Start, type Notepad in the Search bar and pres ENTER.

    2. Copy the following commands and then paste them into the open Notepad window.

     

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{11dbb47c-a525-400b-9e80-a54615a090c0}]

    @="CLSID_ExecuteFolder"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{11dbb47c-a525-400b-9e80-a54615a090c0}\InProcServer32]

    @="ExplorerFrame.dll"

    "ThreadingModel"="Apartment"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New]

    @="{D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder]

    @="Folder"

    "EditFlags"=hex:d2,03,00,00

    "FullDetails"="prop:System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemNameDisplay;System.ItemType;System.Size"

    "ThumbnailCutoff"=dword:00000000

    "TileInfo"="prop:System.Title;System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemType"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\DefaultIcon]

    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\

      00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,\

      65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,33,00,00,00

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell]

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore]

    "MultiSelectModel"="Document"

    "BrowserFlags"=dword:00000022

    "ExplorerFlags"=dword:00000021

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\command]

    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\

      00,5c,00,45,00,78,00,70,00,6c,00,6f,00,72,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,\

      65,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,65,00,70,00,61,00,72,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,2c,00,2f,\

      00,65,00,2c,00,2f,00,69,00,64,00,6c,00,69,00,73,00,74,00,2c,00,25,00,49,00,\

      2c,00,25,00,4c,00,00,00

    "DelegateExecute"="{11dbb47c-a525-400b-9e80-a54615a090c0}"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open]

    "MultiSelectModel"="Document"

    "BrowserFlags"=dword:00000010

    "ExplorerFlags"=dword:00000012

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\command]

    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\

      00,5c,00,45,00,78,00,70,00,6c,00,6f,00,72,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,\

      65,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,65,00,70,00,61,00,72,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,2c,00,2f,\

      00,69,00,64,00,6c,00,69,00,73,00,74,00,2c,00,25,00,49,00,2c,00,25,00,4c,00,\

      00,00

    "DelegateExecute"="{11dbb47c-a525-400b-9e80-a54615a090c0}"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex]

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ColumnHandlers]

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ColumnHandlers\{F9DB5320-233E-11D1-9F84-707F02C10627}]

    @="PDF Column Info"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\BriefcaseMenu]

    @="{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Offline Files]

    @="{474C98EE-CF3D-41f5-80E3-4AAB0AB04301}"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8}]

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\DragDropHandlers]

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\DragDropHandlers\{BD472F60-27FA-11cf-B8B4-444553540000}]

    @=""

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\BriefcasePage]

    @="{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\Offline Files]

    @="{7EFA68C6-086B-43e1-A2D2-55A113531240}"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellNew]

    "Directory"=""

    "IconPath"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,\

      74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,\

      00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,33,00,\

      00,00

    "ItemName"="@shell32.dll,-30396"

    "MenuText"="@shell32.dll,-30317"

    "NonLFNFileSpec"="@shell32.dll,-30319"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellNew\Config]

    "AllDrives"=""

    "IsFolder"=""

    "NoExtension"=""

     

     

    3. After pasting the above commands, please click File on the menu and click Save.

    4. Type in NewFolder.reg as the file name, select to save the file on the Desktop. Click Save.

    5. Go to the Desktop, and double click NewFolder.reg. A dialog box will pop-up saying "Are you sure you want to add the information in fix.reg to the registry?". Click Yes to confirm.

     

    Note: Administrative privileges are required to perform the above steps. Please click "Continue" when the User Account Control dialog-box appears.

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Regards,

    Linda

     

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Monday, May 31, 2010 1:39 AM
    Monday, May 24, 2010 8:38 AM

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  • Hi Mike,

     

    First, please use System File Checker tool to troubleshoot this issue.

     

    If the issue persists, import the following registry key and see if the issue can be resolved.

     

    First, please refer to this knowledge base (KB) article to back up the registry key. After backing up the registry, please follow the steps below to import the registry:

     

    1. Click Start, type Notepad in the Search bar and pres ENTER.

    2. Copy the following commands and then paste them into the open Notepad window.

     

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{11dbb47c-a525-400b-9e80-a54615a090c0}]

    @="CLSID_ExecuteFolder"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{11dbb47c-a525-400b-9e80-a54615a090c0}\InProcServer32]

    @="ExplorerFrame.dll"

    "ThreadingModel"="Apartment"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New]

    @="{D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder]

    @="Folder"

    "EditFlags"=hex:d2,03,00,00

    "FullDetails"="prop:System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemNameDisplay;System.ItemType;System.Size"

    "ThumbnailCutoff"=dword:00000000

    "TileInfo"="prop:System.Title;System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemType"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\DefaultIcon]

    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\

      00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,\

      65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,33,00,00,00

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell]

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore]

    "MultiSelectModel"="Document"

    "BrowserFlags"=dword:00000022

    "ExplorerFlags"=dword:00000021

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\command]

    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\

      00,5c,00,45,00,78,00,70,00,6c,00,6f,00,72,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,\

      65,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,65,00,70,00,61,00,72,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,2c,00,2f,\

      00,65,00,2c,00,2f,00,69,00,64,00,6c,00,69,00,73,00,74,00,2c,00,25,00,49,00,\

      2c,00,25,00,4c,00,00,00

    "DelegateExecute"="{11dbb47c-a525-400b-9e80-a54615a090c0}"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open]

    "MultiSelectModel"="Document"

    "BrowserFlags"=dword:00000010

    "ExplorerFlags"=dword:00000012

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\command]

    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\

      00,5c,00,45,00,78,00,70,00,6c,00,6f,00,72,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,\

      65,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,65,00,70,00,61,00,72,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,2c,00,2f,\

      00,69,00,64,00,6c,00,69,00,73,00,74,00,2c,00,25,00,49,00,2c,00,25,00,4c,00,\

      00,00

    "DelegateExecute"="{11dbb47c-a525-400b-9e80-a54615a090c0}"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex]

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ColumnHandlers]

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ColumnHandlers\{F9DB5320-233E-11D1-9F84-707F02C10627}]

    @="PDF Column Info"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\BriefcaseMenu]

    @="{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Offline Files]

    @="{474C98EE-CF3D-41f5-80E3-4AAB0AB04301}"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8}]

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\DragDropHandlers]

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\DragDropHandlers\{BD472F60-27FA-11cf-B8B4-444553540000}]

    @=""

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\BriefcasePage]

    @="{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\Offline Files]

    @="{7EFA68C6-086B-43e1-A2D2-55A113531240}"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellNew]

    "Directory"=""

    "IconPath"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,\

      74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,\

      00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,33,00,\

      00,00

    "ItemName"="@shell32.dll,-30396"

    "MenuText"="@shell32.dll,-30317"

    "NonLFNFileSpec"="@shell32.dll,-30319"

     

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellNew\Config]

    "AllDrives"=""

    "IsFolder"=""

    "NoExtension"=""

     

     

    3. After pasting the above commands, please click File on the menu and click Save.

    4. Type in NewFolder.reg as the file name, select to save the file on the Desktop. Click Save.

    5. Go to the Desktop, and double click NewFolder.reg. A dialog box will pop-up saying "Are you sure you want to add the information in fix.reg to the registry?". Click Yes to confirm.

     

    Note: Administrative privileges are required to perform the above steps. Please click "Continue" when the User Account Control dialog-box appears.

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Regards,

    Linda

     

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Monday, May 31, 2010 1:39 AM
    Monday, May 24, 2010 8:38 AM

  • You can fix this problem from the Windows Registry.

    From the start menu, run regedit.

    Browse to the key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellNew

    If the key doesn't exist you can create it. You can check this key out, be sure that everything matches up with the images below.

    (( spam prevention keeps me from posting helpful images, see comment below ))

    You may have to create the \Config key as well, depending on how messed up everything is. But once you match everything to the pictures it should work fine.

    Edit:

    Check your HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder it should be identical to the above mentioned registry key.

    It could also be a permissions issue. From command prompt try

    icacls C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop /grant USERNAME:f /t

    Last but not least super registry key fix. Adds all of the folder keys (except for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE). included are: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\
    • Proposed as answer by Tristaaaaan Thursday, July 04, 2013 1:28 AM
    Monday, May 24, 2010 9:10 AM
  • Thank you Technocrate and Linda, your rapid and detailed responses helped tremendously.

    Mike

    Tuesday, June 01, 2010 3:00 PM
  • Glad to hear it helped. :-)
    Thursday, June 03, 2010 8:40 AM
  • When trying to import the registry key, I get an error saying that the key cannot be written because affected processes are being used. Anyway around this? Tried killing explorer.exe and then import and that didn't help.
    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 6:58 PM
  • linda, I'm having the same issue as mike, but when i go to follow your steps i can't save to the file to desktop to open it, I just installed windows 7 onto my computer and i didn't set up an administrator  when i installed it, i'm the only user on the computer what should i do? i can't over ride this administrator stuff... to fix the problem
    Monday, August 29, 2011 12:08 AM
  • Having same problem. Ran the file checker. No problems reported.

    Copied the registry commands you listed to NewFolder.reg and double-clicked. After answering yes to the dialog box I also got the "key cannot be written because affected processes are being used" message.

    Since it has been over a year since a moderator has responded here to the many similar reports I guess it's just a stab in the dark posting this.

    Perhaps someone else who has found a solution will reply.

    Friday, September 16, 2011 7:17 AM
  • Well, now I'm embarrassed. After my last post I tried again to create a New Folder and then check the logs when I noticed it actually did create a folder. So Linda Yan's fix works...... just ignore the "key cannot be written" error when running the NewFolder.reg file.
    Friday, September 16, 2011 7:34 AM
  • Hi, sorry this is like a year later but i really need ur help... i have the same problem but when i double click on my saved file on the desktop and then it asks if u wanna add this to regedit i click yes then it says error : cannot import , u can only import binarry things....

    i also have been looking for a soloution to fix my taskbar and startmenu issue i cant pin anything onto their as well i have windows 7 and on the first day i got the laptop nothing was working when i tryed to pin/ drag to task bar and start  menu...

    plz help ive been trying to find a soloution for 5 months!

    Friday, September 23, 2011 7:54 AM
  • Hi

     

    Thanks for this, it helped me. Any idea what could cause this?

    EyeOfThePirate: When you create the .reg file you must include also include the header "Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00"

    Also, when you save your file make sure you select "All file types" and not "Text files".

     

    Hope you succeed.


    Friday, September 23, 2011 9:35 PM
  • This was great. worked for me. Thanks. I knew it was a registry key, but no clue as to how to fix.

    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, w/Svc pck 1

    Sunday, October 16, 2011 9:22 PM
  • Many thanks - this fixed the problem!
    Tuesday, May 08, 2012 9:03 AM
  • I had the same problem and the fix for me was this registry key:

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder]

    @="Folder"

    Somehow this had been set to "Boot Deleter", an application I had previously used and uninstalled.

    • Proposed as answer by Info Nxt Monday, April 08, 2013 2:22 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Info Nxt Monday, April 08, 2013 2:22 AM
    • Proposed as answer by testetsetsetestsetsetset Thursday, May 09, 2013 6:19 PM
    Tuesday, January 08, 2013 11:58 AM
  • I too had installed "Boot Deleter" recently and the exact same issue happened to me. I used the newfolder.reg trick, it popped up saying it can't write all data blah blah blah, but it still worked when I tested it.

    Boot Deleter should come with a warning about this.

    Thursday, February 07, 2013 4:12 PM
  • Hi

     

    Thanks for this, it helped me. Any idea what could cause this?

    EyeOfThePirate: When you create the .reg file you must include also include the header "Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00"

    Also, when you save your file make sure you select "All file types" and not "Text files".

     

    Hope you succeed.

    Thank you thanse21, this  what helped me, saving the file as "all files"!


    • Proposed as answer by galaham Thursday, March 28, 2013 9:44 PM
    Thursday, March 28, 2013 9:44 PM
  • Thank you Linda Yan. I was trying everything and after a couple of hours of searching and trying suggestion had original disk in hand ready to reinstall (that would have been a major job). You saved me a lot of unnecessary work and time.  No previous backups to restore.

    Friday, March 29, 2013 2:47 PM
  • I followed the above mentioned steps, and this did not work for me.

    "Cannot import C:\Users\Napoleon Edge\Desktop\NewFolder.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes."

    Please help,

    David Martinez


    consumer, not a computer IT

    Monday, April 01, 2013 9:11 PM
  • I worked for me.  There is a negative alert after going through the process described.  However, just ignore it.  I did and was able to add folder once again.

    Thank you.

    Monday, April 01, 2013 9:52 PM
  • Just ignore the negative alert.  I bet you will be able to once again add folders.

    Monday, April 01, 2013 9:52 PM
  • Thank you! This worked for me.
    Wednesday, April 03, 2013 2:16 PM
  • I re-installed Windows 7 enterprise service pack 1

    I have the same problem.  

    Pressing New Folder does not create anything

    also right click, does not show     New Folder   option

    I duplicated the above suggested instructions, did not work

    I get a message 

    "

    Cannot import   ..\Documents\NewFolder.reg.  The specified file is not a registry script

    You can only import binary registry files from within the registry editor. 

    "

    Thursday, April 04, 2013 3:58 PM
  • Never mind

    It worked now

    Thanks a lot

    Thursday, April 04, 2013 5:49 PM
  • Thank you, Linda.

    I've been running Windows 7 since I got current Dell desktop on 12/08/2010.  I've religiously applied all Microsoft "updates".  I've been extremely careful about my Internet browsing, downloading, etc.

    I just recently encountered this problem - I blame it on "freeware" game "Cuber Extreme" I downloaded & installed from "download.cnet.com".  I found that it also installed a bunch of bovine-excrement-ware, and changed my home page and my preferred search engine.  I uninstalled it and its "extras", and restored my home page and preferred search engine.

    I'll be even more careful in the future about "freeware", even from usually reliable sites like CNet.

    Thanks again for your perfect solution to my problem.

    Sunday, April 07, 2013 1:41 PM
  • I followed the above mentioned steps, and this did not work for me.

    "Cannot import C:\Users\Tristan10946\Desktop\NewFolder.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes."

    Please help,

    Tristan Van Aken

    Sunday, April 07, 2013 10:55 PM
  • I followed the above mentioned steps, and this did not work for me.

    "Cannot import C:\Users\Tristan10946\Desktop\NewFolder.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes."

    Please help,

    Tristan Van Aken

    Sunday, April 07, 2013 10:55 PM
  • I am having the same issue trying to look for resolution
    Monday, April 08, 2013 2:21 AM
  • I am having the same issue trying to look for resolution

    Monday, April 08, 2013 9:21 PM
  • Thanks, It's been almost 3 years since you posted this advice, but it is still relevant.  I performed the registry repair using the NewFolder.reg instructions.  although not all registry entries were written because some were in use, at least the relevant ones were and I immediately regained my ability to create new folders.

    Thanks again.


    Craig

    Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:25 PM
  • Linda,

    You're awesome. Worked for me.

    Thanks

    Tommy

    Tuesday, April 09, 2013 8:48 PM
  • If appears the following messege:

    "Cannot import C:\Users\Napoleon Edge\Desktop\NewFolder.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes."

    Please  use the following code:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New]
    @="{D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellNew]
    "Directory"=""
    "IconPath"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,\
      74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,\
      00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,33,00,\
      00,00
    "ItemName"="@shell32.dll,-30396"
    "MenuText"="@shell32.dll,-30317"
    "NonLFNFileSpec"="@shell32.dll,-30319"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellNew\Config]
    "AllDrives"=""
    "IsFolder"=""
    "NoExtension"=""

    and save with notepad like Restore-Folder_New_Context_Ment_Item.reg

    Eng. Mohammad Abu Sukhen


     
    • Proposed as answer by kod1212 Thursday, May 09, 2013 9:48 PM
    Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:06 AM
  • If appears the following messege:

    "Cannot import C:\Users\Napoleon Edge\Desktop\NewFolder.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes."

    Please  use the following code:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New]
    @="{D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellNew]
    "Directory"=""
    "IconPath"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,\
      74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,\
      00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,33,00,\
      00,00
    "ItemName"="@shell32.dll,-30396"
    "MenuText"="@shell32.dll,-30317"
    "NonLFNFileSpec"="@shell32.dll,-30319"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellNew\Config]
    "AllDrives"=""
    "IsFolder"=""
    "NoExtension"=""

    and save with notepad like Restore-Folder_New_Context_Ment_Item.reg

    Eng. Mohammad Abu Sukhen


     

    This worked perfectly!  The original script posted kept giving an error that it was not a binary source file - this one was a hit first time!
    • Proposed as answer by AParadiso Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:26 PM
    Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:13 PM
  • Hello Linda,

    I just experienced this same problem. Right-clicking on the right panel in Windows Explorer, click on 'New' failed to show

    the "New Folder," "New Shortcut" was the first option. I copied your registry settings into Notepad, saved it with a ".reg"

    extension. Double-clicked on it and rebooted. Everything is back to normal. Thank you!!!

    Regards,

    DerPixelator 

    Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:44 AM
  • Thanks Mohammad-

    After trying 3 other fixes, yours worked perfectly!  Didn't even have to reboot!

    Bob

    Friday, April 12, 2013 12:38 AM
  • so I ran the above as administrator and I still get this error... what should I try next ?

    folderfix error


    microsoft@JAaronAnderson.com

    Monday, April 15, 2013 4:31 PM
  • I created THE REGEDIT FILE, AND I HAVE ADMIN RIGHTS, and the file will not run from the desktop.

    I can create a new file folder from the Command prompt but not from the Menu Bar in the doc library

    Monday, April 15, 2013 7:14 PM
  • How do you find this registry key? I cannot locate it from inside REGEDIT? Thanks!
    Monday, April 15, 2013 7:23 PM
  • I cannot get the .reg notepad file to run. Can I import it from the Reg Editor and run it that way?
    Monday, April 15, 2013 8:01 PM
  • I cannot locate this key. No search found it. Any ideas? Thanks!!
    Monday, April 15, 2013 8:08 PM
  • when I try to run this, the word pad opens. Not REG Editor. I saved it with the title and also with "all file types" and it will not run.

    Can I import it from the registry editor?  Thanks // Chris

    Monday, April 15, 2013 8:15 PM
  • Yes - that was what I just did and it worked perfectly.  I can now add a folder!
    Monday, April 15, 2013 10:07 PM
  • Thanks Linda and thanse21,

    Once I saved the notepad NewFolder.reg file as "all files" and ran it from the desktop it worked great. I now have the "New Folder" back.

    I got the error message, but just rebooted and it worked.

    Tuesday, April 16, 2013 7:42 PM
  • Worked like a charm. Thank you!
    Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:16 PM
  • You my friend are my hero. Thank you soooo much ^_^

    • Edited by PCKicker Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:32 PM
    Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:32 PM
  • Hello Linda

    My first time hitting the Registry - sweating! But the fix worked. Wish I new more to find the culprit. It occurred (I think) after DL of a free system Backup offline: STRONGVAULT. Or perhaps the free copycat of MS Office suite, Kingsoft. No free lunch as they say. Shame on anyone who knows this and does not inform.

    Peace. 

    Friday, April 19, 2013 8:17 AM
  • Linda, Linda, Linda. Thank you so much. This was driving me crazy. Your fix worked. No surprise to you, but relief to me. Thank You.

    I thought that the following information may help you  in some way.

    In my case, with Windows 7 on a new (one week old) PC, not only was I unable to create a new folder, but when I clicked on  new, anywhere, desktop, Documents Folders, etc.,  the list showed 

    Shortcut

    Bitmap Image 

    Contact

    Microsoft  OfficeWord Document

    Journal Document

    Microsoft Office Power Point Presentation

    Text Document

    Microsoft Office  Excel Worksheet

    Compressed (zipped) folder

    Briefcase

    That is exactly how they were listed  , with icons for each to their left.

    However, After applying your fix, now that same list appears, but with "Folder"at the top.

    Does this all mean anything to you? Does it explain in some way what the problem was? Thanks Again.

    Schmendrix

    Friday, April 19, 2013 9:26 PM
  • This aint working for me i get this

         "Cannot Import C:\Users\default.default-HP\Desktop\NewFolder.reg: The specified file is not registry script. You can only import binary registry files from within the registry editor."

    Saturday, April 20, 2013 4:53 PM
  • Thanks! This worked for me.
    Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:17 AM
  • Thank you Linda Yan!!


    This worked for me!
    • Edited by richardlvnb Friday, April 26, 2013 12:16 AM
    Friday, April 26, 2013 12:16 AM
  • thanks it works with me
    Friday, April 26, 2013 12:47 PM
  • This fix worked great for me! I did get the error after double clicking but it still worked. Everyone remember to run Notepad as an administrator and when saving make sure in file type drop down box you select all files. To run Notepad as an admin right click then go to Run as Administrator. Thank you Linda!
    Friday, April 26, 2013 3:48 PM
  • This is the same issue that I am having. Have you found away to solve this?
    Friday, April 26, 2013 6:55 PM
  • Ma'am, AFAIK, I have followed these instructions without any positive results UNLESS a reboot is required; if so, this problem is going to have to wait until next week!

    I did it twice, this time including your line Error messages were received which effectively said it couldn't do it because parts referred to elements of the system were open which prevented it!

    Paul


    Paul B Walker


    • Edited by walkerpbus Friday, April 26, 2013 8:46 PM Additional data
    • Proposed as answer by CCLG Friday, April 26, 2013 9:31 PM
    Friday, April 26, 2013 8:14 PM
  • I wasn't getting anywhere opening the NewFolder on the desktop. Restarted the computer and tried to open it again. Got the same error message, but was now able to create new folders.

    Friday, April 26, 2013 9:33 PM
  • WOW! It worked.  Copy everything bold and ignore the last alert.  Once you follow the steps go into explorer and create new folder.  It works!  Yeeaauuggh!


    Thank you Linda!

    Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:52 AM
  • I tried the registry method, but when I clicked on newfolder.reg, I got an error message:  "Cannot import C:\Users\[myhostname]\Desktop\newfolder.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry.  Some keys are open by the system or other processes."

    I rebooted and tried again.  Same error message.  However, even though I was not able to install the registry modifications, the Folder icon did appear.  Thank you.


    Steve Nirelle

    Saturday, April 27, 2013 6:08 PM
  • I have tried every one of the suggestions in this post.  Did finally get the registry update to work using Eng. Sukhen's text. I have restarted (and restarted).  However I am still unable to create new folders.  I have Windows 7 Pro. 

    Any more suggestions?

    Karen

    Saturday, April 27, 2013 7:47 PM
  • I just had to fix this issue for a user, and didn't have much luck with the registry scripts either. The reason it broke for him in the 1st place, is because he was trying to open a .rar file but didn't have a program installed that could unpack it. The user was playing around with something he shouldn't have, and after that the "New Folder" function stopped working. To fix the .rar file unpacking issue, I installed 7zip, and doing that also fixed the New Folder issue. I wasn't really expecting it to fix the New Folder issue also, but it did and saved me some additional trouble shooting. I assume it worked, because installing 7zip modifies the shell and adds 7zip to it. Good luck, hope this helps.

    You can get 7zip by copying and pasting the url applicable to your windows version into your browser.                   64bit    http://filehippo.com/download_7-zip_64/8755/                                                                                               32bit    http://filehippo.com/download_7zip_32/8754/ 

    Cheers,

    Mark




    • Edited by Marek76 Monday, April 29, 2013 3:53 PM
    Monday, April 29, 2013 3:52 PM
  • This really did fix the problem! Just ignore the error "key cannot be wrriten crap"
    Tuesday, April 30, 2013 11:12 PM
  • Hit "Ctrl + Shift + N" this is the shortcut to creat a new folder that Microsoft came up with but didn't tell anyone.
    Wednesday, May 01, 2013 3:30 PM
  • Worked like a charm. You do have to run the file as the administrator though or it won't work. I just went in and changed the properties after I saved the file. Voila! I can now use the "New Folder" button again. Thanks a million!

    • Edited by ljmeese Wednesday, May 01, 2013 3:37 PM Misspelled word
    Wednesday, May 01, 2013 3:37 PM
  • It worked!  Thank you!
    Wednesday, May 01, 2013 8:32 PM
  • This worked!! However I received an error when I double clicked the .reg file in step 5: "Cannot import C:\....\Desktop\newfolder.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry.  Some keys are open by the system or other processes". But Stefano445 is right, rebooting and then double clicking the .reg file one more time, fixed it, even though you see the same error message again. Now am able to create new folders and Folder is an option under NEW when I right click in any location on the Windows Explorer.

    This is the error I received (from Stefano445 post),

    Thanks.


    • Edited by Win8User007 Thursday, May 02, 2013 4:45 AM image
    Thursday, May 02, 2013 4:44 AM
  • This was very helpful. I had the issue happen w/out known  cause.  I tried multiple approaches to fix it per solutions found and repeated online in many locations.  Alas, your regedit script was the 1st that resolved the situation.  Saved me from having to resort to more drastic measures.

    Much obliged for the help.

    Monday, May 06, 2013 1:59 AM
  • Hi, sorry this is like a year later but i really need ur help... i have the same problem but when i double click on my saved file on the desktop and then it asks if u wanna add this to regedit i click yes then it says error : cannot import , u can only import binarry things....

    i also have been looking for a soloution to fix my taskbar and startmenu issue i cant pin anything onto their as well i have windows 7 and on the first day i got the laptop nothing was working when i tryed to pin/ drag to task bar and start  menu...

    plz help ive been trying to find a soloution for 5 months!


    Hi I'm Tim and I had the dreaded no Folder event happen in the New context menu, I could not create a new Folder.  My simple fix was to add the text in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder Default data = Folder in the Registry file by using regedit.  I know it looks simple, but I spent a good 20 hours finding the answer instead of running any kind of fix I could find.  If the Registry is blank in that data area, it won't secure a spot for Folder to show up in the New context menu.

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder]

    @="Folder"

    "EditFlags"=hex:d2,03,00,00

    "FullDetails"="prop:System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemNameDisplay;System.ItemType;System.Size"

    "ThumbnailCutoff"=dword:00000000

    "TileInfo"="prop:System.Title;System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemType"

    Just put the text Folder in the Default data area by right clicking on Default, click Modify, then type Folder in that spot plus click View, Refresh.  Yes test it out on a Windows Explorer window such as Documents.

    Now stop worrying and get some sleep.

    • Proposed as answer by timothypb Monday, May 06, 2013 6:58 PM
    Monday, May 06, 2013 6:55 PM
  • Lindaasdasdawdifqwodcn[w

    Linda,

    Thanks for the tip it worked for me Do you work for Macy's?

    Wednesday, May 08, 2013 8:15 AM
  • Thanks very much it worked.
    Wednesday, May 08, 2013 11:38 AM
  • Thank you that worked for me I really appreciate it again thank you!!!
    Wednesday, May 08, 2013 1:09 PM
  • I am a complete novice and I did what Linda said to do and it worked perfectly. thank you.
    Wednesday, May 08, 2013 7:31 PM
  • If appears the following messege:

    "Cannot import C:\Users\Napoleon Edge\Desktop\NewFolder.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes."

    Please  use the following code:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New]
    @="{D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellNew]
    "Directory"=""
    "IconPath"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,\
      74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,\
      00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,33,00,\
      00,00
    "ItemName"="@shell32.dll,-30396"
    "MenuText"="@shell32.dll,-30317"
    "NonLFNFileSpec"="@shell32.dll,-30319"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellNew\Config]
    "AllDrives"=""
    "IsFolder"=""
    "NoExtension"=""

    and save with notepad like Restore-Folder_New_Context_Ment_Item.reg

    Eng. Mohammad Abu Sukhen


     
    Eng. Mohammad Abu Sukhen, - your solution worked for me! Thanks a lot!
    Thursday, May 09, 2013 9:49 PM
  • I am a total novice, but see that many others have done this successfully, so I am trying to apply Linda's fix - not being able to create folders is driving me crazy! 

    However, I'm stumped at the very beginning on how to follow Linda's suggested steps.  She says to do the following: 

          If the issue persists, import the following registry key and see if the issue can be resolved.

         First, please refer to this knowledgebase (KB) article to back up the registry key. After backing up the registry, please follow the steps below to import the registry:

    I've gone to regedit as the KB article says, but I do not know what registry key I'm looking for.  How do I know which item(s) to backup? 

    Sorry if this is a totally dumb question, but modifying the registry sounds seriously, and I want to be absolutely sure I am doing it right!

    • Proposed as answer by Plumism Wednesday, May 15, 2013 3:00 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Plumism Wednesday, May 15, 2013 3:00 AM
    Friday, May 10, 2013 2:02 AM
  • Worked like a charm for me as well. Thank you!

    Friday, May 10, 2013 9:05 AM
  • Thank you so much, and also to those that said to simply ignore the couldn't write to open processes (not the exact words) error message.
    Friday, May 10, 2013 6:56 PM
  • dear linda,

    i followed your instructions and received the following message:

    am i doing something wrong. os is windows 7please reply grover740@gmail.com

    Monday, May 13, 2013 6:25 PM
  • Hi, I'm stuck at the same place you are. Did you get a response? I don't see one here.

    Thnx.

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013 3:01 AM
  • I duplicated the above suggested instructions, did not work

    I get a message:

    " Cannot import   ..\Documents\NewFolder.reg.  The specified file is not a registry script

    You can only import binary registry files from within the registry editor."

    can anyone advise me how to address this ? I am still stuck.

    Thanks!

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013 2:21 PM
  • 1. I used the System File Checker tool

    2.  I tried the Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 by Linda Yan

    3.  I tried the 2nd version by Eng. Mohammad Abu Suken

    NONE OF THIS WORKS.  Please Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp.

     I get this message:  Cannot import NewFolder.reg.  Not all data was successfully written to the registry.  Some keys are open by the system or other processes.


    Thursday, May 16, 2013 5:59 PM
  • Thanks guys it was useful and it worked for me.  But my 8 th class daughter gave a simpler solution before solving this problem.

    Create an empty folder first.  where ever you want to create a new folder, copy this folder first and then go and paste the same in that location


    Saturday, May 18, 2013 5:59 PM
  • Dude you are the man !!!!!!  3 years later your tips are helping people thank you !!
    Saturday, May 18, 2013 11:46 PM
  • As others have mentioned, it complains "Not all data was successfully written to the registry ..." but the problem is actually fixed. Go figure :-/
    Sunday, May 19, 2013 3:52 AM
  • Linda I followed your instructions and copied and pasted the Registry editor entries and tried to install as you said but I got the following message  can you tell me how to fix this  I am not a pc wiz kid LOL

    Cannot import C:\Users\Bob\Desk\NewFolder.reg:Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes.

    Thank you so much 

    Ezspirit

    Sunday, May 19, 2013 6:50 AM
  • Linda I don't know what happened but I now can create new folders LOl thank you I guess some of the edit's to the registry went through LOL Hugs Ezspirit
    Sunday, May 19, 2013 6:59 AM
  • No Luck.  Tried your solution as well as others suggested on this thread.  I am running Windows 7 on 64-bit machine.  I am logged in as Administrator ie there is only one user (me) and I am Administrator.  I get the error message shown below.  As far as I can tell, it won't let me make the changes 'stick' in the registry file because when I export the registry (to check what it looks like) it looks like the changes weren't made (as shown in the registry export file below*).  If I had to guess, this problem started after a Windows system update.  I am way over my head on this.  Can anyone help?????

    *I try to post a screen shot of the various windows I had open showing all this but forum says "body text cannot contain images or links until we are able to verify your account".  I asked somewhere else to be verified.... but no response.  Big Sigh.

    So the error message I get is same as others "cannot import C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\folderfix.reg:  Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes."  And when I export the registry file (to see what is in it) it does not contain the lines of data like your folderfix file that I downloaded from the SkyDrive.  Yeah, I've tried to reboot and see if it works even though I get the error message. etc. etc. and when I click New the only options I have are to make a briefcase or a shortcut.  I cannot make a New Folder anywhere not in Windows Explorer or the Desktop.  I run the System File Checker Tool before I start.  

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Sunday, May 19, 2013 4:37 PM
  • Thanks Bro...

    It is working properly.... Thanks a lot ,, you r a good trouble shooter...

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:37 AM
  •   Hello so I try  system file checker but my results where nothing as it was not corrupted or missing files, instead I change just the screen saver to another one. Try that maybe that will help I did it and I was just going thru personalize then choose another screen saver,  how do I know? when i was done  I wanted to make a new note on my desktop and I finally the new Folder Icon back in again.

       P.S

    Let me know if it work for some of you guys =)

     Vargas


    • Edited by wwworld4us Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:36 PM
    Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:32 PM
  • I was having the same prob.... i just simply followed the given steps..... yeah sum shit popped up.... but now i can create folders... it worked... ignore the msgs.... after completing steps just go and try to make a new folder
    Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:04 PM
  • thanx linda... it worked for me
    Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:05 PM
  • Thanks Linda. Works, even though the message says '....not all items were imported ... some are in use...'.

    Still the 'folder' item re-appeared on the drop down item of 'New' above the shortcut symbol, on mouse right click.

    Still wonder what caused the problem in the first place!

    After several earlier efforts and a dreadful consideration of windows 7 professional re-installation, I am grateful.

    Could my regular use of registry cleaners be unwise?

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:11 PM
  • Well, I tried this fix and when I double-click on the desktop file all it does is open the notepad; nothing more. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    TheLazarusman2

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013 7:47 AM
  • Hi, sorry this is like a year later but i really need ur help... i have the same problem but when i double click on my saved file on the desktop and then it asks if u wanna add this to regedit i click yes then it says error : cannot import , u can only import binarry things....

    i also have been looking for a soloution to fix my taskbar and startmenu issue i cant pin anything onto their as well i have windows 7 and on the first day i got the laptop nothing was working when i tryed to pin/ drag to task bar and start  menu...

    plz help ive been trying to find a soloution for 5 months!


    Hi I'm Tim and I had the dreaded no Folder event happen in the New context menu, I could not create a new Folder.  My simple fix was to add the text in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder Default data = Folder in the Registry file by using regedit.  I know it looks simple, but I spent a good 20 hours finding the answer instead of running any kind of fix I could find.  If the Registry is blank in that data area, it won't secure a spot for Folder to show up in the New context menu.

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder]

    @="Folder"

    "EditFlags"=hex:d2,03,00,00

    "FullDetails"="prop:System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemNameDisplay;System.ItemType;System.Size"

    "ThumbnailCutoff"=dword:00000000

    "TileInfo"="prop:System.Title;System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemType"

    Just put the text Folder in the Default data area by right clicking on Default, click Modify, then type Folder in that spot plus click View, Refresh.  Yes test it out on a Windows Explorer window such as Documents.

    Now stop worrying and get some sleep.


    Hey Tim,

    I'm trying to do what you said. I copied the information you listed above. Then I went to RegEdit and opened the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder section. So I right clicked on default, then clicked on modify. I then get a box that is titled Edit String. Do I type Folder where it says value name and then paste your above information where it says value data or what? Thanks for your help,

    TheLazarusman2

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013 7:56 AM
  • Worked like a charm, Linda. Thanks for taking the time to help us out! Peace.
    Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:52 PM
  • THANK YOU THIS FIXED IT.. I knew it was a registry issue but didn't know where to look. I went to shellnew and the default was set to unkown. I changed to @="folder" and voila... thanks again
    Saturday, May 25, 2013 2:42 PM
  • It's been told to me that one should always have a backup of the registry before doing updates or any changes to their system. It's also possible that some of the programs people download insert a virus that is deep in the sectors. Only way I've ever fixed that problem is by zeroing out the drive.

    Saturday, May 25, 2013 5:08 PM
  • So, for those of us that do not "code" what is MS plan to fix this without asking their paying clients to learn a new language? 
    Saturday, May 25, 2013 6:13 PM
  • Thanks Linda!   I read your response.  Then it took me several tries during which I experienced many of the ancillary problems listed on these pages.  Those problems were due to my carelessness or lack of understanding.  Your suggestion fixed the problem I was having relative to "New Folder" not working.

    I also wanted you to know that I've only needed to use the community three times.  So far The Community has come through all three times.  I really appreciate the fact that you and others here are willing to take the time and help the rest of us.

    Thanks again!

    Jack

    Sunday, May 26, 2013 1:41 AM
  • I Made same mistake, thanks.
    Monday, May 27, 2013 1:55 AM
  • Thank you very much Linda. I couldn't figure out for the life of me what had happened that my registry was corrupted, but you really helped me out! I can't thank you enough!

    -Gregg

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013 3:16 PM
  • Thank you so much.

    mohanad

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013 4:26 PM
  • Tim, I tried the above fix and it worked lie a charm. Thank you.
    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:46 AM
  • Three years on and this fix works perfectly.  Just had a user with this issue and the registry fix worked first time.

    Thank you

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:46 PM
  • If appears the following messege:

    "Cannot import C:\Users\Napoleon Edge\Desktop\NewFolder.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes."

    Please  use the following code:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New]
    @="{D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellNew]
    "Directory"=""
    "IconPath"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,\
      74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,\
      00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,33,00,\
      00,00
    "ItemName"="@shell32.dll,-30396"
    "MenuText"="@shell32.dll,-30317"
    "NonLFNFileSpec"="@shell32.dll,-30319"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellNew\Config]
    "AllDrives"=""
    "IsFolder"=""
    "NoExtension"=""

    and save with notepad like Restore-Folder_New_Context_Ment_Item.reg

    Eng. Mohammad Abu Sukhen

    It works perfectly, Thanks a lot.


     

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 2:04 PM
  • I was unable to make a New Folder in my computer. Iwan't to thanx Linda becoz hier help makes my problem easy.......!!!!!!!!!                             Thanx A Lot.......!!!!!!!!! :)

    Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:05 AM
  • I just got this problem myself, the "New Folder" option disappearing, leaving me with a new briefcase option. Good grief. But anyway, three years later this solution is still rockin' it, Linda. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I was not eager to mess with my registry, something I know nothing about, but I was super eager and desperate to get my new folder option back, so, after a bit of hesitation and reading so many satisfied comments here, I gave it a try. I did need to do a reboot to get everything settled, but boy am I happy to be able to make new folders again.

    I couldn't believe it when it disappeared and in reading thru the comments here I noticed someone mentioned Strongvault as a possible culprit. I ended up with this intrusive program on my computer recently, I don't even remember how now. I think I was downloading something else and somehow ended up with it. But I got rid of it and now I suspect it may have also caused this problem. 

    Now I am wondering, what about that NewFolder.reg file I have ended up with on my Desktop? Does anyone know, is this something I can delete or move now? Or is that something that would bring my problem back or create new ones? 

    If anyone knows, TIA.

    Valerie

    Friday, May 31, 2013 12:35 AM
  • Hi, sorry this is like a year later but i really need ur help... i have the same problem but when i double click on my saved file on the desktop and then it asks if u wanna add this to regedit i click yes then it says error : cannot import , u can only import binarry things....

    i also have been looking for a soloution to fix my taskbar and startmenu issue i cant pin anything onto their as well i have windows 7 and on the first day i got the laptop nothing was working when i tryed to pin/ drag to task bar and start  menu...

    plz help ive been trying to find a soloution for 5 months!


    Hi I'm Tim and I had the dreaded no Folder event happen in the New context menu, I could not create a new Folder.  My simple fix was to add the text in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder Default data = Folder in the Registry file by using regedit.  I know it looks simple, but I spent a good 20 hours finding the answer instead of running any kind of fix I could find.  If the Registry is blank in that data area, it won't secure a spot for Folder to show up in the New context menu.

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder]

    @="Folder"

    "EditFlags"=hex:d2,03,00,00

    "FullDetails"="prop:System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemNameDisplay;System.ItemType;System.Size"

    "ThumbnailCutoff"=dword:00000000

    "TileInfo"="prop:System.Title;System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemType"

    Just put the text Folder in the Default data area by right clicking on Default, click Modify, then type Folder in that spot plus click View, Refresh.  Yes test it out on a Windows Explorer window such as Documents.

    Now stop worrying and get some sleep.


    Hey Tim,

    I'm trying to do what you said. I copied the information you listed above. Then I went to RegEdit and opened the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder section. So I right clicked on default, then clicked on modify. I then get a box that is titled Edit String. Do I type Folder where it says value name and then paste your above information where it says value data or what? Thanks for your help,

    TheLazarusman2

    Tim's super simple fix worked for me.

    Yes, all I did was type the word Folder in the value box, then clicked the menu View / Refresh, then tried to create a folder and it worked!

    John

    Saturday, June 01, 2013 5:56 PM
  • When I went to do step 5 above I got an error message that it can only import Binary language. I am open to more suggestions. I create a lot of folders and don't want to have to go to the command prompt each time.
    Sunday, June 02, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Simple workaround --- move an empty folder from a flash drive and rename the folder "New Folder." Store it where you can find it (desktop?) and use it every time you want a new folder (copy and paste). Then rename the new folder as desired. The registry changes recommended below without clear instructions as to the backup and restoration of the registry if chaos occurs are a bit risky.

    • Edited by TheMan6653 Sunday, June 02, 2013 9:27 PM
    Sunday, June 02, 2013 9:26 PM
  • Thank you Linda...  after much frustration, and Registry Editor fear I took leap and followed your instructions to a tee.  I did get some error message, overlooked it and right clicked on the desktop, New > Folder was back!  YES!  Much thanks1

    Monday, June 03, 2013 2:22 AM
  • Linda,

    I preformed the above reg entry and it worked, but now that I am able to create a folder my programs are unable to find there default folders. For example, when I try and open my outlook for email, it say "Outlook could not create the work file. Check the temp environment." I have try to undo the reg stuf but to no luck on that part, also I have tried to go back to a earlyer restore point but that dose not fix it. Any ideas would be of great help.

    Thank you for all the hard work you do.

    Monday, June 03, 2013 4:10 PM
  • Thank you Linda,

    Followed your instructions and it worked.

    • Edited by Phuwebca Monday, June 03, 2013 10:34 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Phuwebca Monday, June 03, 2013 10:34 PM
    Monday, June 03, 2013 10:29 PM
  • thank you very much Linda. It really worked. Wonderful.
    Tuesday, June 04, 2013 12:38 AM
  • Linda,

    I did all of the above, but when i go to the Desktop and double click NewFolder.reg. A dialog box will pop up saying Are you sure......I said Yes and I get a registry error  Cannot import C:/users/desktop/NewFolde.reg: the specified file is not a registry script.  You can only import binary registry files from within the registry editor.

    Did I save the backup to the wrong place?

    Thank you, Ahnaud

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013 1:11 PM
  • I tried the same key additions that you gave cloudhead and it wouldn't work it said that they were not registry script and cannot import from within registry editor. How do I fix this now. I can create a new briefcase folder but like before mentioned new folder is not in the list under new from right click but there is a button in the window header just above the window but it does nothing.
    Wednesday, June 05, 2013 12:59 AM
  • Thanks Linda!  Your solution worked as advertised.  I had to try it three times, but the problems were due to my poor reading ability.

    I really appreciate the Microsoft community and particularly your contribution.

    Jack

    Wednesday, June 05, 2013 6:35 PM
  • Thanks very much, you rescued me from disaster.
    Thursday, June 06, 2013 4:40 PM
  • Linda Yan Rocks!!!! Thanks for helping me create new folders. We're giving you a raise (if we could?).
    Thursday, June 06, 2013 11:37 PM
  • Perfect!  Thank you so much for the fix!
    Friday, June 07, 2013 9:01 PM
  • Same issue. I've run the sfc scan and found the following was not able to be be repaired:

    2013-06-10 08:35:01, Info                  CSI    000002fe [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:18{9}]"MSDTC.LOG" of Microsoft-Windows-COM-DTC-Runtime, Version = 6.1.7600.16385, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, file is missing
    2013-06-10 08:35:01, Info                  CSI    000002ff [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:18{9}]"MSDTC.LOG" of Microsoft-Windows-COM-DTC-Runtime, Version = 6.1.7600.16385, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, file is missing
    2013-06-10 08:35:01, Info                  CSI    00000300 [SR] This component was referenced by [l:202{101}]"Microsoft-Windows-Foundation-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.1.7601.17514.WindowsFoundationDelivery"

    Before I start fussing with the Registry, I need to know that the Keys you stated in your response are what I need to fix my problem.

    Thank you

    Monday, June 10, 2013 12:49 PM
  • I'm having the same problem.  I just followed the above instructions and it won't let me open it after saving it on the desktop.  Please help!

    Vivian

    Monday, June 10, 2013 6:30 PM
  • No, it doesn't work for me.  Once I try to open the NewFolder.reg on my desktop I get the same message about the binary....  not a registry...

    PLEASE HELP ME :'(

    I need to create new folders constantly for my work.  I'm freaking out!!! 

    Monday, June 10, 2013 6:42 PM
  • I got that message too but it DOES work.  After installing the .reg updates try creating a new folder.  It should work.

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013 6:20 PM
  • Linda,, 

    I cannot do this,, it says something about binary files or something like that ..

    The weird thing is my lap top and desk top cannot create folders,, I have tried almost everything,, and still cannot get it to fix.. I really do not want to start from scratch arain,, I have down loaded three reg edit programs and nothing,, tried everything I have read on here and nothing.. 

    Please help... Is there a way I can send you a screen shot to help me?

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013 3:19 AM
  • Hi Valerie27,

    The NewFolder.reg file that you made to correct your registry problem can be moved or deleted since it has done its work. You might want to keep it somewhere in case you ever run into this problem again, but it doesn't need to stay on your desktop after you have used it.

    Hope this helps.

    Dave

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013 11:14 PM
  • Thank you Linda.  I received a registry edit error when executed the program. "cannot import newfolder.reg: not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes.". Note that only system processes were running.

    I am not absolutely positive but I think the ability to create a folder was only possible after the 2nd time I executed newfolder.reg.Bottom line it is working now!

    Thursday, June 20, 2013 3:52 PM
  • I did this and it did not work.  I got an error message that said:  The spedified file is not a registry script.  You can only import binary registrary files from within the registry editor.  Thanks for trying.
    Friday, June 21, 2013 2:14 PM
  • How did you get it to work?  I got the same response as you.  But mine does not work.  Thanks for any info.  This is sooooo frustrating.

    Friday, June 21, 2013 2:22 PM
  • Hi I'm Tim and I had the dreaded no Folder event happen in the New context menu, I could not create a new Folder.  My simple fix was to add the text in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder Default data = Folder in the Registry file by using regedit.  I know it looks simple, but I spent a good 20 hours finding the answer instead of running any kind of fix I could find.  If the Registry is blank in that data area, it won't secure a spot for Folder to show up in the New context menu.

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder]

    @="Folder"

    "EditFlags"=hex:d2,03,00,00

    "FullDetails"="prop:System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemNameDisplay;System.ItemType;System.Size"

    "ThumbnailCutoff"=dword:00000000

    "TileInfo"="prop:System.Title;System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemType"

    Just put the text Folder in the Default data area by right clicking on Default, click Modify, then type Folder in that spot plus click View, Refresh.  Yes test it out on a Windows Explorer window such as Documents.

    Now stop worrying and get some sleep.

    WOW! This work perfect! simple but work! Thanks Tim!
    Saturday, June 22, 2013 10:59 AM
  • Thanks man... it really helped me in solving my issue....!
    Sunday, June 23, 2013 3:47 AM
  • Yeah! It worked like a charm.

    Sunday, June 23, 2013 2:43 PM
  • Mohammed and Linda,

    Thank you both for your work on this.  It worked a treat.  I've not had to edit a registry for over 15 years - very exciting and proves I've still got it!

    My husband had been trying to install some freeware program to watch British Lions Rugby without paying for it and ended up accidentally installing several programs neither he nor I recognised.  I immediately uninstalled the lot but it wasn't until a day or two later that I found I could only create compressed folders and my normal create folder icon was missing.  I've been trying for several days to find a fix for this problem so I'm very relieved!

    Sunday, June 23, 2013 11:06 PM
  • I have tried this solution every way but upside down. I paste the bold text into Notepad and save as NewFolder.reg on desktop both as txt and any file. When I double click on the desktop copy all it does is open Notepad. Is there something I'm missing here?

    jfshandy

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013 1:07 AM
  • Thank you.  My problem started when I set up a new Pavillion HPE using Windows 7.  Does anyone know what causes this error?  I've never used nor heard of Boot Deleter.
    Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:52 PM
  • Thank you very much.Your instructions were very helpful
    Saturday, June 29, 2013 2:52 AM
  • The last part of your instructions helped me alot. Thank you very much for posting
    Saturday, June 29, 2013 2:53 AM
  • Thanks! This worked. I followed your instructions step by step. Did your process create a software program to make folders?
    Saturday, June 29, 2013 3:14 PM
  • Thanks, this worked for me. tried it the other way first. but got the error message mentioned above. tried this and worked like a charm.
    Sunday, June 30, 2013 6:24 PM
  • Hi,

    It worked perfect for me, thanks a lot. The initial given code was not working for me.

    BR//

    Renju

    Tuesday, July 02, 2013 11:13 AM
  • This was GREAT! I love the internet! It worked for me! I too ignored the error message and it works perfectly! Thank You!
    Tuesday, July 02, 2013 10:08 PM
  • Tim's answer was the easiest and best answer: 

    Just put the text Folder in the Default data area by right clicking on Default, click Modify, then type Folder in that spot plus click View, Refresh.  Yes test it out on a Windows Explorer window such as Documents.

    Thank you, Tim!! That works for me.

    Wednesday, July 03, 2013 12:18 AM
  • I don't get it and yes by simply typing Folder in that field then refreshing worked like a charm.

    Why do all these techies have to over complicate the problem by adding all that mumbo  jumbo about registry lines that you don't even need anyway.

    Also...

    I run Windows updates whenever it wants to run.  Why was this not in any update???

    This has got to be the most simplest fix since the birth of the computers.  I shouldn't have to go into the registry where the potential for causing more trouble lies. 



    • Edited by Dean S G Wednesday, July 03, 2013 10:29 AM typo
    Wednesday, July 03, 2013 10:18 AM
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you Linda!!!  Worked like a charm!  I am so grateful!  Thank you for putting all of the code in, giving numbered directions that make sense, and making it so easy to just copy and paste.  

    Thanks again Linda!

    Wednesday, July 03, 2013 11:42 AM
  • jfhandy,

    I had the same issue, the .reg file would not run when double-clicked. I finally managed to update the the system registery files by opening regedit and then importing the files through it. This has really corrected the "new folder" creation issue! Thanks to all for the information.

    damoore

    Thursday, July 04, 2013 9:18 PM
  • Thank you so much Linda! This has helped me greatly!
    Sunday, July 07, 2013 11:55 PM
  • I went to Desktop, and NewFolder.reg does not appear.  I did a search for the file, and clicked what was found with this name, but received an error message "You can only import binary registry files from within the registry editor."

    What do you suggest I do now?

    James L. Bianchi

    Monday, July 08, 2013 11:43 PM
  • This one also worked for me.  I tried the longer one above and had similar messages about files in use.  And still no new folders available.  But when I imported this one, it took it with no issue and then I was able to create new folders.  Thanks!
    Tuesday, July 09, 2013 4:05 AM
  • Thanks for the help, this was the first thing that worked for me... I was beginning to think i would never get this problem resolved!
    Tuesday, July 09, 2013 8:01 AM
  • Got this to work using "import" into the registry.  All other efforts didn't work for me.
    Wednesday, July 10, 2013 11:15 PM
  • Hi Linda this help me a lot.

    Thank you

    Raul

    Thursday, July 11, 2013 1:41 AM
  • 07/10/2013 This worked for me. I run Windows 7 and was unable to create new folders. I did get an error msg saying that not all updates could be made when I loaded the NewFolder.reg file saying that not all updates could be made. I ignored the message and the problem was solved.

    Btw, I have no idea what caused the problem creating new folders. I don't remember making system changes, installing new programs or doing other things that might have caused a register change.

    • Edited by Kurtwm1 Thursday, July 11, 2013 2:47 AM to clarify original msg
    Thursday, July 11, 2013 2:45 AM
  • Awesome Sauce!! Worked perfectly. Thanks for the help.
    Thursday, July 11, 2013 8:34 PM
  • Thanks! Worked like a charm on my customer's Windows 7 installation. The "New Folders" button returns to normal function after she cleaned that malware which ravaged her system.
    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 7:27 PM
  • This worked perfectly first time.

    Thanks

    Thursday, July 18, 2013 3:35 PM
  • I had the same issue saying the "key could not be written" but I could now make new folders!
    Friday, July 19, 2013 2:18 AM
  • Hello Stefano,

    I had the exact error message.

    I did everything mentioned in the instructions to fix the folder problem and they did not work or so it seemed. When I read your post, I rebooted my machine and now the folder option works.

    Thank You everyone, Stefano and Linda for your help and post on this issue!

    ctobsl@hotmail.com

    Friday, July 19, 2013 7:45 PM
  • All the entries were there except "Folder" in the default data area. Thanks a lot

    Friday, July 19, 2013 9:11 PM