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Windows 7: More questions about how folders contents are displayed


22 Jul 2011   #1
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
More questions about how folders contents are displayed

Based on my other thread I have a feeling there is some bug with how my folders are displayed.

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...ts-inside.html

Looking at Music folders why do some show the contents as pictures while others don't? I'm sure that why some that don't show the pictures is because there is no picture associated with the actual file (+44 folder). But if there is artwork attached to the file (Adele folder) why does the main folder not display it like several others in the screenshot do?

AFAICT I have everything in terms of folder views ticked correctly.

edit: This computer is $%^$. I deleted the music files and reimported them. Added the artwork to the folder like I always do and now the folder doesn't display it. It did before. To get them to display I have to do my workaround and through Users, My Music have to restore the default icon to the folder. I am so frustrated by all this.

Can someone please help me. Earlier today every CD I imported showed the artwork now I have to use my workaround of restoring default icons to get it to display. Nothing changed on the computer. Why is this computer acting this way?



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22 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 64b Ultimate
 
 

I'm on it. We'll get it somehow. It is going to take me some time however which, regretfully, I don't have much of coming 2 days... But I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the 'space' Windows 7 uses to save the pic's/previews in. Either a space or as I said before, an authorisation problem. Maybe someone else recognises it?
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22 Jul 2011   #3
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'll be waiting. Honestly I am really thinking it may be best to just restore this computer.

Found another related problem. In the screen shot you will see how the Adele folder shows two of the same pictures. It should only show one picture if that's all that is in there.

Also can't get my views to stick. If I selet medium icons the next time I open it's back to details.

edit: Am I in the Twilight Zone? Check out these images. Now Adele (I hope people don't critique my music I have very eclectic taste) shows the content on the main folder and the album folder only has one photo. The proof is above how they previously displayed. Other folders still don't display the photo and still others display the two pictures so it's not like everything was fixed. Nothing changed on the computer AFAIK.


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23 Jul 2011   #4

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Please try setting your stuff as you wanted and test after having logged in as admin using this tut: Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
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27 Jul 2011   #5
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Wondering if you have had some time to think about this. Now the desktop folders are displaying a blank page. Happened all of a sudden and not all of them do it.


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27 Jul 2011   #6

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30 Jul 2011   #7
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I did. But I'm not sure what I was supoposed to do once I logged in as built-in Admin. It set up the new desktop and in order to view the music folders I had to go to my user account and then everything still looked the same.

I would really like to figure out why what I posted above is happening. For whatever reason the folders were showing two artworks (e.g. Adele in first post) and then they showed one artwork (e.g. Adele in my 2nd post). Now any music I add shows two pieces of artwork and no matter what I do I can't get it to show one. Like it should and did in the past.
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30 Jul 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I'm not sure if this helps but its what I have done to make my music libraray look better. If a folder contains a folder.jpg file you will just see the one thumbnail view. It's a hidden file. If the folder doesn't contain the folder.jpg file then you see multiple thumbnails based on what files are in the folder. I made my own folder.jpg files for each on the main folders in my music library.
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That way I get just the one picture of the artist instead of all the album covers.
Windows media player will usually create one for each album based on the album art. If it can't find any album art and the original files didn't come with any you won't see a picture for a thumbnail, it will just be the default which I believe is the page with a turned corner. What can also happen if you download the music online, is it may come with the front cover, back cover, track list, etc as pictures. If there is no folder.jpg file those images will be displayed as thumbnails for that folder. I have no use for those files and delete them if present. I like my albums displayed like this.
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30 Jul 2011   #9
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

You are probably on to something. First question I have is how do you create folder.jpg and then what do you do with it?

I actually have seen folder.jpg along with my music files when I look at the music that I backed up to my external HDD so it is there somehow for some of my music. But why it's there for some and not others I am not sure. I just checked my external HDD and the ones that show two picturse the same don't have folder.jpg. How did I add it to some and not others?

Here's what I do related to music. I have standardized it for the last month or so and that is why I am confused as to why everything doesn't display the same. I use iTunes. If it downloads artwork I copy that artwork and manually add it to files. If no artwork downloads then I find it online and copy it to the files. So either way I am manually adding the artwork. This way the artwork will always be with the music even if I have to reload my library into a new iTunes. Much of my music has downloaded iTunes artwork and that is why they don't display a picture but as mentioned I have done it this way for about a month and even started converting those that just had downloaded pictures.

But as pictured in my posts some are showing up as one picture others as two. And I honestly haven't done anything different. Now it seems as if everything is showing up as two pictures where a few weeks ago I could get it to display one picture.

Using 311 as an example. Today I manually added the artwork to Universal Pulse and it shows two pictures both the same. The other two albums I added a few weeks ago and they show one. The artist folder shows the two albums that have 1 picture so there must be something to the folder that is showing 2 pictures that makes it not display in the artist folder.

The Adele I show above somehow changed from 2 to 1 but I can't figure out how.

So maybe I should do what you do but I have 65GB of music so to go back would be hard but going forward I could do it...if I understood .


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30 Jul 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

What I usually do is Google the artist, look for a good picture to use, and down load it. If it's not a jpg file I'll use something like infanview to convert it to one. I may also edit out any thing I don't want. Sometimes I'll just edit an album cover and remove the text, etc. Once I have the picture I want, I rename it folder.jpg, move it to the folder and make it hidden. I have media player set to NOT "Retrieve additional information from the internet". I don't want it changing anything. I edited all my mp3 files with mp3tag to add any missing album art. Something I noticed while doing that was that you can have two or more images for your album art. I deleted everything except the one I wanted. I would think that could cause multiple thumbnails instead of just the one. The one thing to keep in mind is if there is no folder.jpg, windows will just look for images in any and all sub folders to display. I didn't like the multiple album covers etc so I slowly over time edited things the way I wanted them. I've been doing it this way since windows XP.
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