How to Restore Tabs

by Maya Austen

Missing tabs in various "Properties" boxes can be a problem in Windows. Often this problem is due to a group policy setting that hides the tabs in order to prevent users from adjusting the settings offered on the tab. In order to restore the tab, you have to disable the group policy setting that prevents the tab from displaying. The "System Restore" or "System Protection" tab in the System Properties box, the "Security" tab in the "Internet Properties" box and the "Desktop" tab in the "Display Properties" box are among the more frequently missing tabs.

Restore "System Restore" Tab in the System Properties Box

Log in to the computer using an account with administrator rights.

Open the Group Policy Editor. In Windows XP, click "Start," select "Run," type "gpedit.msc" in the box and click "OK." In Windows 7, click "Start," type "gpedit.msc" in the "Search" box and press "Enter."

Navigate to the following sub item in the console tree located in the left-side window panel: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > System Restore.

Double-click "Turn off System Restore" in the right-side window panel. Select "Not Configured." Click "OK."

Double-click "Turn off Configuration" in the right-side window panel. Select "Not Configured." Click "OK."

Restore "Security" Tab in the Internet Properties Box

Perform Steps 1 and 2 from the first section (Restore "System Restore" Tab in the System Properties Box).

Navigate to the following sub item in the console tree located in the left-side window panel: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > Internet Control Panel.

Double-click "Display the Security page" in the right-side window panel. Select "Not Configured." Click "OK."

Restore "Screen Saver" Tab in the Display Properties Box (for Windows XP)

Perform Steps 1 and 2 from the first section (Restore "System Restore" Tab in the System Properties Box).

Navigate to the following sub item in the console tree located in the left-side window panel: User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Display.

Double-click "Hide Screen Saver tab" in the right-side window panel. Select "Not Configured." Click "OK."

Restore "Desktop" Tab in the Display Properties Box (for Windows XP)

Perform Steps 1 and 2 from the first section (Restore "System Restore" Tab in the System Properties Box).

Navigate to the following sub item in the console tree located in the left-side window panel: User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer.

Double-click "Turn On Classic Shell" in the right-side window panel. Select "Not Configured." Click "OK."

Restore "Remote" Tab in System Properties

Open the "Start" menu. In Windows XP only, select "Run."

Type "regsvr32 remotepg.dll" in the "Open" box in Windows XP. Type "remotepg.dll" in the "Search" box in Windows 7.

Press "Enter." Click "OK" if prompted.

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About the Author

Maya Austen began freelance writing in 2009. She has written for many online publications on a wide variety of topics ranging from physical fitness to amateur astronomy. She's also an author and e-book publisher. Austen has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the New England Institute of Art and currently lives in Boston, Mass.