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    Default Folder settings keep changing?

    As you expand the number of folders (including those you delete) you may become frustrated when opening a folder the settings have reverted to default and you have to start over (I find it especially frustrating in My Music Files as I have a set pattern I like). I finally found this solution. A reminder that this is a registry change so do back up registry before doing this, and only if you're comfortable working in registry.

    "By default, Windows XP remembers the last 400 folder settings. After 400, it's supposed to discard the oldest settings, so that it always remembers the most recent 400. In some cases, however, it just stops remembering new settings when the number of settings hits 400. Note that the steps that follow will clear all your old folder settings so Windows XP can remember more, and this method also raises the limit higher than 400.

    1. Launch REGEDIT from the Start menu's Run dialog.
    2. Navigate to the Registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell. If this key is not present, skip to step 8.
    3. If a subkey named BagMRU is present, delete the entire subkey.
    4. If a subkey named Bags is present, delete the entire subkey.
    5. Look for a value named BagMRU Size (with a space between BagMRU and Size).
    6. If this value is not present, select New | DWORD Value from the Edit menu and name the new value BagMRU Size.
    7. Double-click on the BagMRU Size value, choose Decimal, and enter the desired number of folder settings for Win XP to remember (for example, 8,000).
    8. Navigate to the Registry key HKEY_ CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\ShellNoRoam. If present, repeat steps 3 through 7.

    That should cure Windows XP's faulty memory. The OS will "forget" all existing folder settings, but from this point onward, it should remember them correctly."

    Hope this is of help

    NOTE: From XP SP2 onwards, the default has been set to 5000, so this applies only to pre SP2 and if you want the default changed to a higher setting. Thanks arraknid for this update.
    Last edited by Canuck; 01-19-2009 at 12:26 PM.

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    Interesting tweak. Another step towards less hair pulling.
    Just one more thing. Create a Restore Point before attempting this. Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore. This is better than making a mere backup of the registry. Do not install any software or make any major changes to the system until you are happy all works well.
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    Hey Glyn, good info!
    You can also change this setting in Tweak UI (XP Power Toys) under the Customization section. Those scared to mess with the registry may want to do it this way.

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    I've been having this problem, but with a slight variation. I'm running XP with service pack 2 and my image archive folder is set to veiw by thumbnails, and all the contained folders are as well. After a while, this will revert to tile view. When I correct this problem, returning it to thumbnail, a number of other folders, seemingly unrelated to this one end up switching to thumbnail view as well, such as "My Computer" and "Control Panel"...and it has been extremely annoying dealing with this. It seems to happen on a somewhat weekly basis.

    How do I stop it from reverting (even though I'm not adding or deleting any folders) and how do I keep any changes I make on one folder from affecting another?

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    Your problem is exactly as explained above. After doing the setup, highlight a file that you know has subfiles in it (you'll be starting from scratch in resetting) , right click on the file>properties>customize tab>and make sure the "also apply this template to all subfolders" box is not checked. Then go into the subfile and customize the view from there.


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    I'm afraid your solution does not provide a permanant fix for me. Just as usual, various folders end up changing their view settings. I'm getting quite annoyed by this, constantly going through and resetting all my frequently used folders and such. If there is anything else I can do besides what's been listed above, please, let me know. I'm at my wit's end trying to figure out what the problem is.

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    Strange, it could possibly be a damaged windows file. Try Start>Run>type in chkdsk /f (note space between k and /)>a window will open asking if you want to run chkdsk on next reboot >y and enter. Reboot your PC and allow chkdsk to run. This will hopefully correct any damaged windows files. For further information on chkdsk see http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d...us/chkdsk.mspx . Hope this does it for you.

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    Default Can't find it

    My Hikey current user has no bagmru subfolder.

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    Why are you posting here Sailor?? This thread is over 4 years old.

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    Arraknid, this post is linked to a tutorial, which is probably why he's posting here.

    Sailor, the answer is in #6 & 7. Also refer to Al's post
    You can also change this setting in Tweak UI (XP Power Toys) under the Customization section. Those scared to mess with the registry may want to do it this way.
    Which might be an easier way for you.


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