Explorer Sidebar Missing If you customize your PC a lot, it can happen that you break your system. You need to prepare yourself to do a lot of troubleshooting. A common error for example is that your Windows Explorer sidebar (for navigation) is missing. Let’s fix that!

Explorer Sidebar Missing

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As you can see the Explorer sidebar is missing. Does this look familiar? If it does and you want your Explorer sidebar back, follow this guide…

Re-register DLL file shdocvw.dll

In order to fix the missing explorer sidebar, you have to re-register a dll file shdocvw.dll. To do that open up an elevated command prompt and run the following command:

regsvr32 /i shdocvw.dll

DllRegisterServer was not found

If you get the error DllRegisterServer was not found, we’ll have to do some more troubleshooting!

The module shdocvw.dll was loaded but the entry-point DllRegisterServer was not found. Make sure that shdocvw.dll is a valid DLL or OCX file and then try again.

This error message often indicates that a file is corrupt. When a DLL is corrupt, you can simply use the Windows 7 file checker to repair your DLL files.

SFC Filechecker Windows 7

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log For example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log

Remove ExplorerBar registry entry

Open regedit.exe and then uncollapse HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main and delete the registry key ExplorerBar after creating a registry backup.