Add “Open in New Window” Option in Folders and Drives in Windows xp as Windows 7

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In windows 7 we have the option to open a folder in new window. But we don’t have the option to open it on new folder in Windows XP default, but w can do it manual by editing registry option.
This post explains how to set the option “Open in New Window” in windows XP.
Open Run or click Windows Button + R, then type regedit. Regedit is the option in windows XP where we can edit our registry.
Search for a Directory Option in Regedit under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. For that click HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and search/Find  for Directory option
Now go to following key:

Add a key under the shell and give the name “Open in New Window” (without quotes), whatever name you like you can give it because it’s only going to display.
Select the key which you created i.e. Open in New Window” and again select “New -> Key” and name it as command 


Now select “command” key and in right-side pane (for Reference see the above image), you’ll see “Default” String value. Change its value to: explorer %1







Please repeat the same step for the key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell

First find the key Drive under “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT” to find the key press Ctrl + F then find button will open then search they key “Drive
And repeat the same step which you done for directory


Now you can find the Open in new Window option in Windows XP also,

If you have any queries please drop a comment and if its not working also please inform usso it will helpful to others.

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