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Windows 7: ShellFolderFix - Manage folder window positions/size

11 May 2014   #501

Windows 7 Pro OA (64\32)
Error When Starting This Program

I could not find anything posted about this error, so I am posting it now.
I thank you for your help, in advance!

I just installed ShellFolderFix, using the latest updated installer. This is the FIRST time this program has been installed on this computer. When I tried to start the program I got this error:

The error box had this in the heading:


"failed to initialize. (error: 00000005)"

I don't know what the problem could be.
I just bought it a few weeks ago & it had a clean Win7 install.
This computer doesn't have any known problems.


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18 Oct 2014   #502

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

I've just installed ShellFolderFix, but I'm disappointed that it does not remember whether or not I've set the window to display the preview pane.

Like many people, I work with a mix of folders full of images and folders full of documents. Most of these documents to not show up as previews in folder windows, so the preview pane is blank and just a waste of screen space. However, I DO want all image folders to display a preview pane. I was hoping that ShellFolderFix would remember this - that's the main reason I installed it. But no, it doesn't. Any news on a new version? Could this be incorporated? Has development of this fizzled out? Sadly, it would seem so. Maybe there's some other thing that does what I need.

- Paul
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24 Oct 2014   #503
Sergio Nova

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (Build 7601) 64bit (Language: 1046)

I have been using ShellFolderFix with great success with Windows Explorer and also with the File Manager replacer Windows Double Explorer (, but I cannot understand why it does not work with Q-Dir (Page 1- Free Software effective solutions.), once all other plu-ins do. Where am I going wrong?
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12 Nov 2014   #504

W7 64
Suggested option

This is a neat little app. Using 1.1.4.

Just one thing - I use a laptop and am continually moving around using two screens, but in different relative positions.

The effect is that it often reloads a folder off the screen completely. It is possible to get around that by setting 'do nothing' in the options, but what would be quick and useful would be a keystroke option to do that on opening a particular folder.

Ie, i have folder shortcuts on the desktop, so hold down - say - alt or shift when double clicking on the folder, and just for that opening, it does not reposition.
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14 Nov 2014   #505

Windows 7 Pro OA (64\32)

Today I checked this thread & saw that a new version was available. So, I d\l & installed it & it works great! Like many, Win7 not saving the window size\positions has been a real problem, but thanks to ShellFolderFix, the problem is no more!

Thanks for all of your good work!
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08 Dec 2014   #506

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates

I just installed the 64bit version on a new computer I built with Windows 7 Professional 64bit, SP1. But I can't get it to work after a restart. I checked the option to load on startup and it is in the startup folder for the user. But after restart it doesn't work. I have to manually click on it. I tried moving it to the all users startup folder. When I do that, it works but the config program opens up at startup.

How can I get it to work after a restart without the config utility popping up?

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20 Dec 2014   #507

windows 7 ultimate x64
How to Uninstall ShellFolderFix

ShellFolderFix does not show as a program to be uninstalled in Control Panel.
The author did users a disservice, hopefully unintentional.
There are sites which offer an uninstaller - a standard method to infect computers with malware.
Even Ccleaner doesn't show it as an option to uninstall.
I will probably go through the tedious Regedit routine, which is nerve wracking.

Any opinions or suggestions? (64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate)
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20 Dec 2014   #508
Alan Baxter

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Curious. ShellFolderFix 1.1.4 shows for me in Control Panel -> Programs and Features as uninstallable. Reinstalling ShellFolderFix should fix the uninstaller for you. Then you'll be able to uninstall it from there. Hope this helps. Windows 7 Home Premium
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28 Jan 2015   #509
Jo Mei

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
ShellFolderFix 1.1.4 & Win 10 x64

Very cool: ShellFolderFix 1.1.4 runs flawlessly under Win 10 x64 Technical Preview Build 9926.
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29 Jan 2015   #510

Windows 7 Professional

It's great that ShellFolderFix is working in Win10.... But it's a sad statement that you still need to use it in Win10.
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