Solved

Win98SE Grayed-Out Open and Explore Buttons

Posted on 2002-05-13
3
189 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
When I right-click on START, the OPEN and EXPLORE options in the pop-up menu are grayed-out and inactive.  Only FIND and SCAN WITH NORTON ANTIVIRUS are active.  How do I fix this?  
0
Comment
Question by:writerdude
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 59

Accepted Solution

by:
LeeTutor earned 50 total points
ID: 7007373
This is copied from an old Pc Magazine or Windows Magazine article, I don't remember which:

Why Can't I Explore From the Start Button?
After my upgrade to Windows 98, right-clicking the Start button gives me grayed-out Explore and Open options, robbing me of the easiest and most convenient ways to edit the Start menu. How do I get them back?
Sam Wood, Richland, Washington
For reasons that may forever remain buried deep within Microsoft, Windows 98 turns off these options if you've used Tweak UI (a free Microsoft download) to hide drives from the My Computer window. Windows 95 does no such thing. Consequently, if you hide drives in Windows 95 and then upgrade to Windows 98, those options are suddenly gone.
The easiest way to fix the problem is to use Tweak UI to show the hidden drives. But use the version of Tweak UI in the \tools\reskit\powertoy folder of the Windows 98 CD-ROM. To install it, right-click tweakui.inf and select Install.
Once you've installed the program, select Start, Settings, Control Panel and double-click Tweak UI. Then click the My Computer tab. Scroll through the list of drives, checking any that are currently unchecked. Don't worry--Windows will still display only the drives you actually have. When you're finished, click Close and reboot your computer.
0
 

Author Comment

by:writerdude
ID: 7007407
I must say I was skeptical, but I did what you said and it worked perfectly.  That's one I never would have figured out on my own.  Thanks.  
0
 
LVL 59

Expert Comment

by:LeeTutor
ID: 7007428
Glad to be of help.  This is the second time in only 4 days that I've answered this same question.  See also:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qShow.jsp?ta=win98&qid=20298947
0

Featured Post

Don't Cry: How Liquid Web is Ensuring Security

WannaCry is just the start. Read how Liquid Web is protecting itself and its customers against new threats.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The Windows functions GetTickCount and timeGetTime retrieve the number of milliseconds since the system was started. However, the value is stored in a DWORD, which means that it wraps around to zero every 49.7 days. This article shows how to solve t…
An introduction to the wonderful sport of Scam Baiting.  Learn how to help fight scammers by beating them at their own game. This great pass time helps the world, while providing an endless source of entertainment. Enjoy!
As developers, we are not limited to the functions provided by the VBA language. In addition, we can call the functions that are part of the Windows operating system. These functions are part of the Windows API (Application Programming Interface). U…
In this video, we discuss why the need for additional vertical screen space has become more important in recent years, namely, due to the transition in the marketplace of 4x3 computer screens to 16x9 and 16x10 screens (so-called widescreen format). …

726 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question