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How To: Prevent Vista From Changing Folder View Settings.

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#1 James (Jim) Hillier

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    Posted 26 August 2009 - 02:45 AM

    If you are a Vista user this is one of those quirks which can be very annoying; you have all your folders displaying exactly the way you wish and then, out of the blue, Vista changes the view settings for a particular folder/s back to the default.

    Apparently this issue occurs because, by default, Windows remembers settings for a limited number of folders. There are two methods for permanently fixing this problem. The first is via a registry edit which increases the folder view cache memory. If you feel confident enough to apply the changes to registry please follow the guide here:

    N.B. I highly recommend to back up the registry prior to making any changes:
    1) Click on Start then Run.
    2) Type regedit into the Run dialogue box and click OK. (When the UAC prompt pops up, click on Continue.)
    3) Click on File and then Export.
    4) In the "Export Registry File" window, type in a suitable name for the backup and save it to a location you can find easily, 'Documents' by default.
    5) Make sure the 'Export Range' (at the bottom of the window) is set to All
    6) Click on Save.
    Should you need to restore the registry, locate the back up file (.reg), right click on it and select Merge. You'll be asked if you really want to do that, click Yes.

    If you are not confident working with the registry there is a small freeware utility (300Kb) which will change a setting in Windows Explorer for you to achieve a similar result. This method works for most, but one or two users have reported the settings not sticking:

    1) Download and install ExplorerView from SD Software (link below).
    2) Run ExplorerView and place a checkmark in the box next to "Disallow Explorer to Auto Detect Folder Contents".
    3) Click OK.

    Download link for ExplorerView: http://www.sdsoftware.org/default.asp?id=11214
    Jim Hillier - Managing editor Daves Computer Tips.com

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