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Windows 7: Registry whoopsie! Win7 Ult x64 Reg Backup, anyone?

09 Jun 2010   #1
drego5

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Registry whoopsie! Win7 Ult x64 Reg Backup, anyone?

I'm the guy who all my friends call for PC help. I've been fixing Windows computers for over 10 years, and have personally built every computer I've ever owned (with the exception of my laptop). With this in mind, I just made a rather major "Whoopsie!" of a stupid rookie mistake...

I got a bit of tunnel-vision about the fact that Win7 doesn't allow disabling Auto-Arrange. When I Googled an answer, I found this site:
UNAWAVE - Windows 7 disable sorting auto arrange
I was in a bit of a rush, and they had a Batch file to automatically edit the entries to restore the option of Auto-arrange. I didn't read the page clearly enough, and I thought the Batch file would make a backup of my existing Registry entries before editing them, but it didn't. And now, Auto-arrange is available as an option, but if you rename any files or make any other similar changes, it reverts. Also, Tiles View is gone, and I'm instead left with "Extended Tiles View" which basically gives each tile a full-row select, regardless of the screen resolution.

So what I'm asking for here is... Does anyone have a backup of an unedited REG file that they can give me? I just need a few branches.

I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, and every time I look at that page to try to figure out how to fix it, I get confused and worried that I'll make it worse. I'd appreciate any help, including a better explanation of what exactly that Batch file did, and whether I can just delete entries or I'd have to replace them.

Someone else helped out by editing that Batch file to export, and sent it to me. I imported it, and it fixed only the root of drives, all other folders still show as detail view and still have the option for Extended Tiles view. He has Home Premium, so that may have made the difference.

Thanks, all!


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09 Jun 2010   #2
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Unfortunately I don't at the moment sorry.

You seam very clued up on this (a fair bit more than me on the areas we're dealing with at least) but could you not just run a system restore to say yesterday or the day before or to sometime fairly recently?

I won't dishonour your knowledge by posting the link to the tutorial .

Oli
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09 Jun 2010   #3
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Here is a copy of the registry from one of my virtual machines. It's not quite clean, since I've installed a few programs, but hopefully it has the keys you need untouched.

I agree with osholt, though. A system restore might be easiest.

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09 Jun 2010   #4
drego5

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

lol.. The fact that I am clued up is actually the problem.. I *should* know better than to install registry edits without making a backup, but I just didn't in this case. Also, since I'm generally very hands-on, and I've never had a good experience with any version of Windows' System Restore, that's one of the first things I disabled. But I appreciate the comment about linking to a tutorial. ;-)

Basically, I think I just need to borrow the registry of someone else running Win7 Ultimate x64..
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09 Jun 2010   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The link I gave is Ultimate x86. What keys in particular do you need?
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09 Jun 2010   #6
drego5

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you for the help, Jonathan_King!

I'm not specifically sure yet which keys or branches I need.. Now that I have a (comparatively) good source for the Reg keys (Thank you very much for that, btw!), I'm looking more closely at the Batch file to see which ones I need.. It's actually not looking so bad now, because I see that the Batch file is only 1 screen's worth in NotePad.. Finding the corresponding entries in the source Reg shouldn't be too bad (I hope!)..

I'll update again in a few minutes when I know more..
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09 Jun 2010   #7
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Here you go.

Fix.zip


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09 Jun 2010   #8
drego5

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Wow, you guys are quick!

Dwarf, Very much appreciated, and it looked like it worked at first, but only the first 2-3 folders was I able to change back to Tiles. Looks like this'll be an intricate one..

I do notice now that all the settings seem to be from the HKCU (Current User) folder.. I think I'll create another user account, export that, and work from there. Which might be what Dwarf did, I don't know..

Either way, Thank you all very much!
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09 Jun 2010   #9
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Drego, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, you can use the tutorial below to reset all folder views back to default. It will undo everything in the BAT file.

Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default

You could also do a system restore using a restore point dated before you used thie UNAWAVE bat file to undo it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Jun 2010   #10
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Ahh... I see what has happened. The data from the file from the other site ADDS keys into the registry that are not present in the fix that I gave you. As a result, merging my file into the registry only partially repairs the problem as the other data remains.

Here is a modified registry file, which firstly deletes the existing data before recreating it.

Fix.zip


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