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Cannot "browse in same window" in My Computer-Tools-Folder Options-File Types

I have a problem. I am running Win2k/SP2, O2K/SP2, IE5.5/SP2. When I click on My Computer-Tools-Folder Options-File Types and pick any extension and click on the Advanced button, there are three choices under the action window:
  • Confirm after download
  • Always show extension
  • Browse in same window.

    The problem is "Browse in same window" is grayed out. I have numerous computers from Compaq and Dell with pre-loaded Win2k and this exists in all builds.

    Some people that have loaded Win2k themselves (unsure if upgrade or not) have this button available. I work in an engineering environment and being able to browse in the same window is needed. Do you know how I can turn this button on through a reg hack or MMC or something else?

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It appears to me that you do not have local admin rights on the machines. I'm not aware of a group policy that controls this feature, although there are a lot of oddball controls buried in the registry.

Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q257592 appears to address the problem. It outlines a change in the way Windows 2000 manages the folder options and associations. Try the registry hack suggested in the article and see if this resolves the problem.

This was first published in February 2002

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