Folder customization gone crazy

Posted: 09-01-2008, 11:58 PM
I am scanning a large collection of old slides, and organizing them into
folders by topic and date. To help keep track of things, for several
folders I selected Properties / Customize / Folder Pictures and Choose
pictures and chose a representative image from within that folder. That
worked OK.

But next day when I went back to some real work I discovered that random
folders all over the rest of the system had those images inserted as the
folder image. There didn't seem to be any pattern as to which folders had
the images, or which image was applied (except, possibly, that each image
was used only once). I don't think any of the folers that I had selected
for a customised image were affected, but of course I have to check each one
in turn to be sure, as I was using the image and not the folder name to
indicate the contents. I now have to remove all the images from the folders
that they shouldn't have been associated with, which is a large job,
expecially as some of them seem very reluctant to go back to the default,
whether I choose to restore default or change the icon, choose Apply or just
OK, refresh the display or whatever.

I need to find out how to stop this random assignment of images to other
folders, so I can continue to apply the images in my slides folder without
being concerned that they will suddenly appear elsewhere.

I also need to know how to revert these stubborn folders back to a plain
icon - the worst case seems to be a shortcut where I don't seem to have
permisssion to do anything, including change persmissions. I don't want to
go adjusting ownership of all these folders just to get the folder display
back to what it was before I started this customizing.

Folder customization gone crazy


Responses to "Folder customization gone crazy"

James Hahn
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Re: Folder customization gone crazy
Posted: 09-04-2008, 02:23 AM
It gets siller. For instance, the folder \Program Files\Canon, which was
created a long time ago during the installation of software for a Canon
scanner, has now been updated with an image I attached to the customized
folder <username>\Pictures\Charts\3318 which happens to be a chart of the
entrance to Papeete. I cannot find any way to reset the Canon folder to its
default or to any other image. Any attempt to make a change is simply
ignored. Can someone please advise how I can remove this unwanted
customization from a folder in Program Files?

And how to I prevent changes I make to the customization of folders in
....\Pictures from appearing at other random folders throughout the system?

"James Hahn" <jhahn@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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>I am scanning a large collection of old slides, and organizing them into
>folders by topic and date. To help keep track of things, for several
>folders I selected Properties / Customize / Folder Pictures and Choose
>pictures and chose a representative image from within that folder. That
>worked OK.
>
> But next day when I went back to some real work I discovered that random
> folders all over the rest of the system had those images inserted as the
> folder image. There didn't seem to be any pattern as to which folders
> had the images, or which image was applied (except, possibly, that each
> image was used only once). I don't think any of the folers that I had
> selected for a customised image were affected, but of course I have to
> check each one in turn to be sure, as I was using the image and not the
> folder name to indicate the contents. I now have to remove all the images
> from the folders that they shouldn't have been associated with, which is a
> large job, expecially as some of them seem very reluctant to go back to
> the default, whether I choose to restore default or change the icon,
> choose Apply or just OK, refresh the display or whatever.
>
> I need to find out how to stop this random assignment of images to other
> folders, so I can continue to apply the images in my slides folder without
> being concerned that they will suddenly appear elsewhere.
>
> I also need to know how to revert these stubborn folders back to a plain
> icon - the worst case seems to be a shortcut where I don't seem to have
> permisssion to do anything, including change persmissions. I don't want to
> go adjusting ownership of all these folders just to get the folder display
> back to what it was before I started this customizing.
dis
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Re: Folder customization gone crazy
Posted: 09-22-2008, 09:45 PM
Hello James Hahn,
I have the exact same problem with my Vista folders. I've done lots of
research but couldn't find a complete solution. Microsoft Customer Support
have not been able to find a solution either. Have you learned yet how to fix
this?

Thank you,
Eli

"James Hahn" wrote:
> It gets siller. For instance, the folder \Program Files\Canon, which was
> created a long time ago during the installation of software for a Canon
> scanner, has now been updated with an image I attached to the customized
> folder <username>\Pictures\Charts\3318 which happens to be a chart of the
> entrance to Papeete. I cannot find any way to reset the Canon folder to its
> default or to any other image. Any attempt to make a change is simply
> ignored. Can someone please advise how I can remove this unwanted
> customization from a folder in Program Files?
>
> And how to I prevent changes I make to the customization of folders in
> ....\Pictures from appearing at other random folders throughout the system?
>
> "James Hahn" <jhahn@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:uKSDx6IDJHA.5060@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
> >I am scanning a large collection of old slides, and organizing them into
> >folders by topic and date. To help keep track of things, for several
> >folders I selected Properties / Customize / Folder Pictures and Choose
> >pictures and chose a representative image from within that folder. That
> >worked OK.
> >
> > But next day when I went back to some real work I discovered that random
> > folders all over the rest of the system had those images inserted as the
> > folder image. There didn't seem to be any pattern as to which folders
> > had the images, or which image was applied (except, possibly, that each
> > image was used only once). I don't think any of the folers that I had
> > selected for a customised image were affected, but of course I have to
> > check each one in turn to be sure, as I was using the image and not the
> > folder name to indicate the contents. I now have to remove all the images
> > from the folders that they shouldn't have been associated with, which is a
> > large job, expecially as some of them seem very reluctant to go back to
> > the default, whether I choose to restore default or change the icon,
> > choose Apply or just OK, refresh the display or whatever.
> >
> > I need to find out how to stop this random assignment of images to other
> > folders, so I can continue to apply the images in my slides folder without
> > being concerned that they will suddenly appear elsewhere.
> >
> > I also need to know how to revert these stubborn folders back to a plain
> > icon - the worst case seems to be a shortcut where I don't seem to have
> > permisssion to do anything, including change persmissions. I don't want to
> > go adjusting ownership of all these folders just to get the folder display
> > back to what it was before I started this customizing.
>
>
James Hahn
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Re: Folder customization gone crazy
Posted: 10-25-2008, 06:54 AM
No fix found yet. The problem has been controlled to some extent by
removing the old Bags registry entries left over from XP. That cleared a lot
of the existing incorrect applications, but it hasn't stopped new ones from
appearing. And I now realize that since I only view a relatively small
number of folders in icon mode, the problem is probably a lot worse than I
am seeing.

"dis" <dis@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> Hello James Hahn,
> I have the exact same problem with my Vista folders. I've done lots of
> research but couldn't find a complete solution. Microsoft Customer Support
> have not been able to find a solution either. Have you learned yet how to
> fix
> this?
>
> Thank you,
> Eli
>
> "James Hahn" wrote:
>
>> It gets siller. For instance, the folder \Program Files\Canon, which was
>> created a long time ago during the installation of software for a Canon
>> scanner, has now been updated with an image I attached to the customized
>> folder <username>\Pictures\Charts\3318 which happens to be a chart of the
>> entrance to Papeete. I cannot find any way to reset the Canon folder to
>> its
>> default or to any other image. Any attempt to make a change is simply
>> ignored. Can someone please advise how I can remove this unwanted
>> customization from a folder in Program Files?
>>
>> And how to I prevent changes I make to the customization of folders in
>> ....\Pictures from appearing at other random folders throughout the
>> system?
>>
>> "James Hahn" <jhahn@yahoo.com> wrote in message
>> news:uKSDx6IDJHA.5060@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
>> >I am scanning a large collection of old slides, and organizing them into
>> >folders by topic and date. To help keep track of things, for several
>> >folders I selected Properties / Customize / Folder Pictures and Choose
>> >pictures and chose a representative image from within that folder. That
>> >worked OK.
>> >
>> > But next day when I went back to some real work I discovered that
>> > random
>> > folders all over the rest of the system had those images inserted as
>> > the
>> > folder image. There didn't seem to be any pattern as to which folders
>> > had the images, or which image was applied (except, possibly, that each
>> > image was used only once). I don't think any of the folers that I had
>> > selected for a customised image were affected, but of course I have to
>> > check each one in turn to be sure, as I was using the image and not the
>> > folder name to indicate the contents. I now have to remove all the
>> > images
>> > from the folders that they shouldn't have been associated with, which
>> > is a
>> > large job, expecially as some of them seem very reluctant to go back to
>> > the default, whether I choose to restore default or change the icon,
>> > choose Apply or just OK, refresh the display or whatever.
>> >
>> > I need to find out how to stop this random assignment of images to
>> > other
>> > folders, so I can continue to apply the images in my slides folder
>> > without
>> > being concerned that they will suddenly appear elsewhere.
>> >
>> > I also need to know how to revert these stubborn folders back to a
>> > plain
>> > icon - the worst case seems to be a shortcut where I don't seem to have
>> > permisssion to do anything, including change persmissions. I don't want
>> > to
>> > go adjusting ownership of all these folders just to get the folder
>> > display
>> > back to what it was before I started this customizing.
>>
>>
 
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