Quick Fix: Windows XP File Menu and Tool Bar missing

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While using Windows XP odd things can happen.  One of those being the File and Toolbars missing.  Normally if the Tool Bar disappeared, simply going to View menu and selecting Standard Buttons in the Tool Bars drop down would work.  However, when the File Menu dissapears (File, Edit, View, etc...) a registry entry could be the culprit.

Here are the steps to get Windows Explorer menus back to the way you remember:

1. Close all open Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer windows.
2. Click Start, and then click Run.
3. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
4. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
5. Use one or both of the following steps, as appropriate for your situation:
* For Windows Explorer: In the details pane, locate the Explorer subkey, and then open it. In the details pane, locate the ITBarLayout value. Right-click this value, and then click Delete.
* For Internet Explorer: In the details pane, locate the WebBrowser subkey, and then open it. In the details pane, locate the ITBarLayout value. Right-click this value, and then click Delete.
6. On the File menu, click Exit to exit Registry Editor.

Source: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/962963