Fixing explorer in Vista

Posted Sat, Feb 16 2008 11:55 by bill

One of the most annoying things I have found about Vista is the file explorer. It constantly changes the views of folders and way too often sets the columns in a folder as if the folder contains photos when it doesn't.  To me that is really disappointing and undermines any confidence I could have in Microsoft producing a stable safe OS... the fundamental tasks an OS must do is work with hardware and manage files. If they can't surface that with a stable UI then something seriously is wrong there.  I had hoped SP1 would fix the issue, alas it did not. But thanks to some MVPs I saw a link to a site that suggested a registry tweak to fix the problem.. and it did :)

The fix is to add this registry key:


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

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

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# re: Fixing explorer in Vista

Saturday, February 16, 2008 10:12 AM by HandyAndy

There is also a little housekeeping you should do to clean up the dysfunctional folder veiws, take a loot at

# Vista (please): Don't touch my views!

Sunday, February 17, 2008 4:23 AM by Corrado's BLogs

Vista (please): Don't touch my views!

# re: Fixing explorer in Vista

Sunday, February 17, 2008 4:24 AM by Corrado Cavalli

Thanks Bill, you saved my life! I hated this from the first day I've used Windows Vista

# re: Fixing explorer in Vista

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 9:53 PM by Ed Richard

Thank Mate, you've made my day