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This article was previously published under Q180257
SYMPTOMS
After you install Internet Explorer with the Windows Desktop Updatecomponent, the following symptoms may occur:

  • When you click the File menu in Windows Explorer, the New command may be missing.
  • When you right-click the desktop, the New command may be missing from the context menu.
CAUSE
This behavior can occur if a registry key is damaged or contains anincorrect value.
RESOLUTION
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows


To resolve this issue, use Registry Editor to verify that the registry keylisted below has the value listed, and if needed, edit the value to matchthe value listed.

Registry key:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New\ (Default)
Value for (Default):
{D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}

NOTE: This registry entry only exists if the Windows Desktop Updatecomponent is installed. If the Windows Desktop Update component is notinstalled, add the registry entry and (Default) value.
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Article ID: 180257 - Last Review: 02/07/2011 23:16:00 - Revision: 1.0

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate

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