[ Solved ] Cannot Rename Folder In Vista or Cannot Move File Folders In Vista

by Rohit Khurana on June 13, 2009



We got a mail from one of our reader named Rafiq saying that he cannot rename any folder in Windows Vista, although he has not mentioned which version of Windows Vista he is using. But it does not matter much as this is a common problem which occurs in all the versions of vista.


This trouble occurs when a specific registry key is affected and become corrupted, changed, deleted or modified. The registry path which may get affected is given below:




In order to fix this problem you will need to repair registry in some versions of vista, however disabling offline files will also work to solve this issue in windows vista business, ultimate and enterprise edition.


Let’s discuss all the methods to fix this issue to file not moving and  cannot rename folder in vista


For Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions

1. Open Start Menu >> control panel

2. Click on offline files, now click on Disable Offline Files button



Note: If you see Enable Offline Files , then click on it and click Apply and then click Disable Offline Files.

3. Click continue on the UAC prompt, you can disable UAC prompt anytime if it annoys you.

4. You will need to restart your computer for the changes to come into effect.


Another way to solve this problem is by fixing the registry keys which may get corrupted, you can download the fix for vista 32 bit here and vista 64 bit here, download the registry keys and double click them to merge in registry in vista.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Dean July 9, 2009 at 9:47 am

Wow! thanks! It worked like a charm! You are really a great help!

Peej January 1, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Thanks a lot! It really worked! :)

radixal February 16, 2010 at 7:27 am

wow..nice bro..
thx so much

Allam September 14, 2010 at 2:09 pm

hello, sorry but it won’t worked for my computer, i used windows vista home basic edition. is there another way to fix the problems? thx

Dante November 9, 2010 at 10:04 am

I have the same problem with my laptop, I’m using Windows Vista Home Basic and the problem is folder can’t be rename. Please help me to any body who was find the solved for this problem,thx a lot before.

Tommy November 15, 2010 at 9:48 pm

This Fix Worked Awesome… Thanks :)

BritBoi July 4, 2011 at 3:02 am

Thanks so much for the fix!

Eleni November 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I had the same problem with my laptop….
The registry keys’ fix for vista 32 bit work perfectly for my Windows Vista Home Premiun
thanx a lot!!!!!!

Achenemi June 3, 2012 at 8:55 am

Running the Vista 32-bit Fix posted above worked perfectly on my Windows Vista Home Premium. Took me less than 3-minutes to complete the process. Thank you very much!

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