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    Folder View (XP home)

    The View when I open Control Panel keeps reverting to the Details View. I set it and reset it to Icons but it seems each time I reboot the machine it goes back to details.

    Details is the default view for most of my folders, but I have checked the "remember each folder'st view setting"

    It is really just an annoyance but I'd like to avaid it. <img src=/S/aflame.gif border=0 alt=aflame width=16 height=16>
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    Re: Folder View (XP home)

    This is a frequent problem in XP. Take a look <!post=at this post.,252256>at this post.<!/post> You've already done the "....Remember folder settings..." part, so you could try the rest of that post (i.e. deleting the registry keys). You might also want to try increasing the remembered-folders number. Let us know how you make out.

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    Re: Folder View (XP home)

    I'm not sure whether this is the proper location to continue this discussion, rather than at the message that you forwarded me to, but I will try it here.
    I tried the uncheck
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    Re: Folder View (XP home)

    Halek--

    You did it correctly to refer to the original message from Al--because referring where he linked you would not show up on this thread and possibly show up on that one.

    XP remembers 400 folder settings, and when you have more than 400 folders, it begins to lose memory of their settings at random. One way to prevent this and get settings remembered up to 1000 folders is to do the regedit like this--

    Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Key: SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShell
    Name: BagMRU
    Type: REG_DWORD
    Value: 3e8
    You can set it to less by varying the value setting.

    I don't think Mark meant that there was a subkey of size= but I think he meant that you should right click the BagMRU subkey,in both Shell and Shell No Rome and select DWORD and modify the value in both places. You can try the regedit I put up above, or you can try this but export the key and set a restore point of course in case you don't like the result.
    __________________________________________________ _________________

    A KB for reference is 307116: The View Setting of the Current Selected Folder Is Not Applied to Another Open Folder except instead of "Like Current Folder" I think the actual words everyone will see is "Apply to All Folders".

    Here are ways I use to make them stick that might work for you--you can then change individual folders and the rest will stick:

    1) When a folder is open, View>Arrange Icons by>Show in Groups then choose Icon View and I believe this will work for you --it absolutely does for me. If not try:
    2) Right click the Start Menu>Click on Explore All Users and then Tools>Folder Optiosn>View>Apply to all folders. Now close that Explorer view.
    3) Right click the Start Menu>Click on Open All Users this time and repeat the process above. Now close.
    4) Note that Mark also reminded in the post hyperlinked:

    "A note: Folders will only inherit a particular view type if you do not re-enable "Remember each folder's view settings" before actually viewing the folders. This parameter/checkbox must remain cleared, and you must view the subfolders in order for them to inherit the proper setting - before re-enabling the tick in the checkbox next to that option. Once you have viewed the folders, you can then re-enable the "Remember" setting to ensure that they remain unchanged."

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    Re: Folder View (XP home)

    Thanks Loads! That got it.
    The screen shot sure made it much easier.
    You mentioned DELETE sugested keys. There was no key (other than default) at either location, so I did not delete anything. Was there somewhere else I should have deleted? Got thru 2 restarts witout problem so I guess I'm OK.

    Again points out the great service this Forum provides. Don't know how you guys can stay on top of all these details.
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    Re: Folder View (XP home)

    Just to clarify where the SIZE goes, here's a screenshot of my registry. I made mine 5,000 several months ago and have not had the problem any more or any ill side effects (that I'm aware of!). So, yes, you have to ADD the size criteria as Mark originally suggested. Don't forget to DELETE the suggested keys while you're there. And, if you're not cocky (or brain impaired as I am) be sure you DO export the blocks of the registry before you start so you CAN recover in case you, er, mess up <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Folder View (XP home)

    Well, if changing the number of remembered folders did the job, maybe you should leave well enough alone, but just for the record, I've edited the attachment in my previous post to show the keys that are to be deleted. They're the ones where all the "remembered" folders are stored and Windows will rebuild them after you delete.

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    Re: Folder View (XP home)

    You state that XP remembers 400 folders.
    Using a DOS windows and the cmd "dir *. /s" on the C: root, I get
    Total Files Listed:
    3961 File(s) 93,241,013 bytes
    10090 Dir(s) 3,122,622,464 bytes free
    I know I have a fair amount installed, but 400 is a long way from 10,000. Is 400 any kind of reasonable middle of the road average? Does having 10K + folders create any know problems other than what this thread is about? I have noted on occasions some folder displays different than expected, but I just figured a Windows quirk and reset it and moved on.

    So if your reply was to set it to "1000", should I set it to say "11,000"?

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    Re: Folder View (XP home)

    I don't know the answer, but if this leads to 11,000 registry keys being added, I think it would be a bad thing.

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    Re: Folder View (XP home)

    You may have 10,090 folders, but how many of these do you actually look at? I bet there are many folders on C: you seldom visit. You could start by increasing the number of remembered folders to 1000 or 1500, and see how often Windows forgets the settings of a folder you open.

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