TIP: Fixing the annoying Vista Windows Explorer View quirk

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Like many people I was hoping that Vista SP1 would fix the issue with Views in Windows Explorer changing randomly. But alas, it didn't. Gee, must be a big bug.

Anyway, there is a registry hack that fixes it – sort of. It doesn't actually fix it, rather it just sets all the folders undefined, which in effect will keep them at the current view.

To enable it you'll need to add a registry key, amongst other things. 

The full instructions are here on the Vistax64 forum, and includes details on deleting all the existing settings first. (BTW despite the x64 name, this works on both 32 and 64 bit versions of Vista)

And as usual, any registry changes are all on your own head.

(I was alerted to this by someone, but I can't remember who. So I can't link to them here… sorry)

4 comments

  • got a fix that seems to work. in explorer go to tools| folder options|view and click on reset folders. then go to the window pane below and make sure that ‘remember each folders view settings’ is checked. then go to your nearest folder and set your views the way you want them. windows should now treat each folder view the same no matter what. hope this works for others.

  • got a fix that seems to work. in explorer go to tools| folder options|view and click on reset folders. then go to the window pane below and make sure that ‘remember each folders view settings’ is checked. then go to your nearest folder and set your views the way you want them. windows should now treat each folder view the same no matter what. hope this works for others.

  • Kenneth, that really does not work.

    "windows should now treat each folder view the same no matter what"

    No, not even with the same file types. Not even in sub-folders when I change the settings in the parent folder. In fact now all the individual folders I had painstakingly set to "Details" are back to the defaults. Thanks a heap.

  • Kenneth, that really does not work.

    "windows should now treat each folder view the same no matter what"

    No, not even with the same file types. Not even in sub-folders when I change the settings in the parent folder. In fact now all the individual folders I had painstakingly set to "Details" are back to the defaults. Thanks a heap.

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