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Windows 7: Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default

02 Sep 2012   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 0pTicaL View Post
Thanks Brink! This sure beats hunting down each reg key one by one.

Ok I could've sworn I downloaded a file named 64-bit_Windows_7_Reset_All_Folders_To_Default_Folder_Views a few days ago but now I receive a error message when trying to download the same file, "Invalid Attachment specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator".

The version I downloaded looks like this,

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU]

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]

Your version, of course, has your signature in it. Does it merge the same as the one I downloaded a few days ago?

I don't quite understand what you mean by, "This will not reset any changes made to the folder templates back to default though."

Doesn't this reset all folder view settings back to default regardless of template?
Hello OpTicaL,

Yep, I had updated the tutorial a few days back to have one universal download that works on both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows instead of a separate one for each. It does the same thing, and resets all folder templates back to default folder views.


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02 Sep 2012   #11
0pTicaL

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks Brink, for clearing that up .
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02 Sep 2012   #12
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome.
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14 Nov 2013   #13
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I'm not sure that I understand the rationale for killing explorer.exe. In my tests, killing explorer like that causes the desktop items to shift to the left. A simple restart would preserve the desktop items' locations.

Is there some concern that multiple explorer instances can be in RAM - and if they are allowed to exit normally, they will write their info to the registry entries that were just cleaned?

If you must keep the explorer kill lines in place, then please warn the user that the desktop items may shift. See this post.
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14 Nov 2013   #14
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's correct. If explorer is opened before it is restarted, then it may not be able to fully apply resetting all folder views, and the Computer window may not display in it's default tile view. Restarting explorer is safety measure to make sure that resetting of the folder views is done properly.

It should usually be known that resetting folder views to default and restarting explorer would also realign the desktop icons as well, but I'll add a note for this.
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14 Nov 2013   #15
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Thanks for adding that.

I'm one of those types that keeps over 100 items on the desktop.

I would not have been happy if they all "went left on me" - so to speak :-)

I use the Desktop Restore app to keep things in place and I don't let any accounts write to some of those registry keys once I have them like I like them, so I've not had to reset them. I just did not want to suggest the tut w/o a warning or a work around.
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14 Nov 2013   #16
0pTicaL

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Cool, didn't know a Desktop Restore app existed. Will make rearranging 86 icons on my desktop much easier. Wonder if the app will work for tri-monitor setups.
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14 Nov 2013   #17
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 0pTicaL View Post
Cool, didn't know a Desktop Restore app existed. Will make rearranging 86 icons on my desktop much easier. Wonder if the app will work for tri-monitor setups.
It should work just fine with as many monitors as you can use.

But you can let us know how it works for you :-)

I use it to reposition desktop items after a Remote Desktop Session barfs the layout or after using a 4:3 projector.
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14 Nov 2013   #18
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I have a tendency to over test :-)

Here is what the stored info looks like for items on 8 monitors:

Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default-desktop-restore.png

4 monitors at 1024x768 and 4 monitors at 800x600.

I positioned one item on monitors 1 thru 6...
...saved the layout via Desktop Restore
...moved all items to monitor 1
...restored all items via Desktop Restore
It worked just fine.

Notice that the applet records the monitor number* and the X, Y coordinates. I don't know how it restores the items to those coordinates, but it does. I'm not sure what would happen it a monitor was missing during the restore. I'm not sure how to simulate that via Virtual Box.

*monitor number 1 is recorded by this applet as monitor 0
so monitor 5 shown in the screenshot will be monitor #6 in Windows' GUIs.


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14 Nov 2013   #19
0pTicaL

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

There can never be enough testing.
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