left-handside folder bar in windows explorer turned to gray

Problem: left-handside folder bar in windows explorer turned to gray

Solution:

  1. Open a command prompt.
  2. Enter the command cd \Windows\System
  3. Verify that the command prompt shows C:\Windows\System.
  4. Enter the command regsvr32 /i shdocvw.dll
  5. Enter the command regsvr32 /i browseui.dll

Alternative solution:

  1. Close Windows Explorer
  2. Start the Registry Editor
  3. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  4. Locate the value named “ExplorerBar” and delete it
  5. Restart Windows Explorer

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