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Windows 7: Windows icon view resetting


28 Jul 2012   #1

Vista and XP
 
 
Windows icon view resetting

Hi, please excuse me if this is posted in the incorrect place.

I have a problem where if I ever change my view in an explorer window it will never stay to what I set it to. It doesn't matter which folder I change, the folder will always reset back to the "Details" view as soon as I leave that directory. I've tried rebuilding my icon cache using this guide

Icon Cache - Rebuild

but it didn't fix the problem. I even did a windows upgrade so all system files would reinstall, but again, that didn't fix the problem.

If anyone has any suggestions or ideas on how I could fix this, I would be more than happy to try them out.

Thanks

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28 Jul 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Johnny,

Rebuilding the icon cache will have no affect on folder view settings. Instead, you might see if using the tutorial below to reset all folder views to default, and see if they will stick after being set again.
Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default
If not, then use the tutorial below to set a default folder template to also disable Automatic Folder Type Discovery and test to see if they stick now.
Folder Template - Default
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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28 Jul 2012   #3

Vista and XP
 
 

Thank you for the reply.

The first method didn't seem to have any effect, however the second method now forces Explorer to display the icons with the "Large icons" settings. However, I still cant apply changes. When I do, they will just reset back to large icons when I leave the directory.

I forgot to add in my original post, that sorting also gets reset when I leave a directory. For instance, if I set a directory to sort by date, when I leave the directory and come back, it will reset back to alphabetical order.
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28 Jul 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Where is the folder located? Is it on an external HDD, library, etc.....?

Folder views are not remembered on removable drives. In a library folder, folder views are shared in all included folders in the library. Change a view in one, and it changes it all in the library.
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28 Jul 2012   #5

Vista and XP
 
 

This problem applies to every folder on my computer, regardless of what drive it's on.
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28 Jul 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

As a test, create a new administrator account, log on to it, and see if you have the same issue in it. This will let you know if it's just your old account, or a system wide issue.

If it works, then you might consider using it instead and copying any shortcuts, files, etc you like from the old account to the new one.
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28 Jul 2012   #7

Vista and XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
As a test, create a new administrator account, log on to it, and see if you have the same issue in it. This will let you know if it's just your old account, or a system wide issue.

If it works, then you might consider using it instead and copying any shortcuts, files, etc you like from the old account to the new one.

Thank you this seemed to work. I know you said that it would be easier to just use the other account, but is it possible to fix this issue? I would rather not go through the hassle of transferring all my files.

Again, thanks for the help.
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28 Jul 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

If this just recently started to happen, then you could do a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this started.
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29 Jul 2012   #9

Vista and XP
 
 

Unfortunately I never created a restore point. Are there any other options?
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29 Jul 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Other than setting a default folder view for all folders, not at this time.

Folder View - Set a Default for All Folders
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