Folder Option View Settings - Is this issue being worked on?

Posted: 01-02-2009, 08:06 PM
I have had issues getting Vista to remember folder display settings from Day
1. I had hoped SP1 would fix them, but it didn't. I haven't seen anything
from Microsoft even acknowledging that there is a problem, so I don't have
high hopes that the issues will be fixed by SP2 either. The fixes I have
found on-line work temporarily, but eventually Vista starts ignoring the
customized settings. Over the past couple of days, folder display settings
are being randomly changed by Vista with increasing frequency. As well,
changing the settings in one folder will result in changes in another
completely unrelated folder. This bug is no longer just a minor annoyance.
I am very close to going back to XP because of it, even though I quite like
Vista. On to the description of the problem:

I have Windows Explorer set to open with My Computer expanded. The drives
are supposed to be shown as tiles, and grouped by type. A couple of days
ago Windows Explorer opened with the drives showing as an ungrouped list
instead of as tiles. I customized the view to display as grouped tiles. I
went into My Documents and found my self looking at Picture and Video
thumbnails, even though there isn't a single picture or video in the
directory. The directory is supposed to be set to Documents with details
displayed, and every subfolder is supposed to have the same settings. I
went into Customize Folder control panel, and found that it was still set as
Documents with settings applied to subfolders. I changed it to All Items,
clicked apply, and then reset it to Documents. However, even though I had
specified that this same setting be used for subfolders, numerous subfolders
still display as Pictures and Videos. If I reset them to Documents view,
the settings in the parent directory revert to Pictures and Videos. If I
reset the parent directory, a whole bunch of new subfolders that were fine
before now display as Pictures and Videos. I spent about 20minutes trying
to get the folders to display as I wanted them, but I eventually gave up
because I wasn't able to predict how customizing the view of one folder was
going to affect the view of another folder. I returned to My Computers and
found the drives being displayed as a list. I reset the display to show
tiles again. Returning to My Documents, I found myself staring at
thumbnails with all the customizations I had just made gone. Grr...Arghh!!!

On my D drive, I have a Temp folder in the root directory. I went into it
and found it displaying Music Icons even though there were no music files of
any kind in the directory. I reset it to display Documents with details
listed. I went in to My Music directory, and found that instead of showing
Music Icons, it was showing Documents with details listed. I set it back to
Music Icons. I went back to the Temp directory, and found that it had been
changed to Music Icons as well. Customizing the display type for either
directory changed the settings for the other directory. They are completely
unrelated directories, so I don't have a clue why the settings for one
affects the others.

Any insights as to what is going on, and how to fix it, would be
appreciated.

Regards,
DarWun

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Posted: 01-02-2009, 08:06 PM
I have had issues getting Vista to remember folder display settings from Day
1. I had hoped SP1 would fix them, but it didn't. I haven't seen anything
from Microsoft even acknowledging that there is a problem, so I don't have
high hopes that the issues will be fixed by SP2 either. The fixes I have
found on-line work temporarily, but eventually Vista starts ignoring the
customized settings. Over the past couple of days, folder display settings
are being randomly changed by Vista with increasing frequency. As well,
changing the settings in one folder will result in changes in another
completely unrelated folder. This bug is no longer just a minor annoyance.
I am very close to going back to XP because of it, even though I quite like
Vista. On to the description of the problem:

I have Windows Explorer set to open with My Computer expanded. The drives
are supposed to be shown as tiles, and grouped by type. A couple of days
ago Windows Explorer opened with the drives showing as an ungrouped list
instead of as tiles. I customized the view to display as grouped tiles. I
went into My Documents and found my self looking at Picture and Video
thumbnails, even though there isn't a single picture or video in the
directory. The directory is supposed to be set to Documents with details
displayed, and every subfolder is supposed to have the same settings. I
went into Customize Folder control panel, and found that it was still set as
Documents with settings applied to subfolders. I changed it to All Items,
clicked apply, and then reset it to Documents. However, even though I had
specified that this same setting be used for subfolders, numerous subfolders
still display as Pictures and Videos. If I reset them to Documents view,
the settings in the parent directory revert to Pictures and Videos. If I
reset the parent directory, a whole bunch of new subfolders that were fine
before now display as Pictures and Videos. I spent about 20minutes trying
to get the folders to display as I wanted them, but I eventually gave up
because I wasn't able to predict how customizing the view of one folder was
going to affect the view of another folder. I returned to My Computers and
found the drives being displayed as a list. I reset the display to show
tiles again. Returning to My Documents, I found myself staring at
thumbnails with all the customizations I had just made gone. Grr...Arghh!!!

On my D drive, I have a Temp folder in the root directory. I went into it
and found it displaying Music Icons even though there were no music files of
any kind in the directory. I reset it to display Documents with details
listed. I went in to My Music directory, and found that instead of showing
Music Icons, it was showing Documents with details listed. I set it back to
Music Icons. I went back to the Temp directory, and found that it had been
changed to Music Icons as well. Customizing the display type for either
directory changed the settings for the other directory. They are completely
unrelated directories, so I don't have a clue why the settings for one
affects the others.

Any insights as to what is going on, and how to fix it, would be
appreciated.

Regards,
DarWun

 
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