A fix for XP folder views settings not saving
I've repeatedly had this bug in XP show up, and it was driving me
No matter what view settings I wanted in certain folders, they
wouldn't stay saved!
For example, all my folders views are set to ICON view, but my recycle
bin, windows/temp, file search, and temp internet files folders are
set to DETAIL view. My Documents/My Pictures folders and subfolders
are set to thumbnail view...
Another note I should make, is I do all my folder browsing using
Windows Explorer, NOT My Computer.
Maybe the My Computer users don't run into this problem...I dunno
And I think, but Iam not 100% sure, that this folder view corruption
occurs when you browse really deep sub-folders....
I notice this happen when I was browsing in my Maya4 folders, which
have folders, within folders, within folders, within folders, within
folders....BAM, view settings are pooched!
Okay, for the fix
(This doesn't fix the XP bug, but it make XP remember the view setting
until you do something to trigger the bug again)
First, it's probably a good idea if you reset all your folders views
to one view setting before doing this...
From C:\ in Windows Explorer, go to view, <your view preference>
Then go to tools, folder option, view, and Apply to all folders
Now, drag a shortcut to the desktop of all the affected folders, or
all the folders that you want to have a different view than the
general view setting you just applied (for me, it was My Pictures, and
Recycle Bin). I think this also works if you drag a shortcut of C:\
drive out of Explorer. (Thanks Dave!)
Close Explorer, then open one of the new shortcut folders you just
made. Set the view setting to your prefered style, close the folder,
and delete it.
Do this, one at a time, to all the shortcut folders you made that you
want to have a different view setting
And now, when you open and explore your windows folders, the view
settings are the way YOU want them!