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Windows XP Tips, Illustrations and registry edits
When you open Control Panel, the option Switch to Classic View option and the section box may not be present. This happens if the ForceClassicControlPanel policy is enabled in the registry or via Group Policy.
If ForceClassicControlPanel is set to 0, Switch to Classic View is unavailable
If ForceClassicControlPanel is set to 1, Switch to Category View is unavailable
To get back the option, follow these steps:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \Windows
CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer