Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
  1.    31 Aug 2016 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    Problem copying customized folders


    Hi everybody.
    I have a problem copying customized folders.
    Before Windows 10 correctly copied customized folders from a disc to another or inside the same disc. Now, when I copy a customized folder, the customized look goes lost.
    I make a practical example below.

    1. Open Local Disc (C) and I create two folders. Let's call them "Folder 1" and "Folder 2"

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ScreenHunter_128 Aug. 31 15.25.png 
Views:	59 
Size:	3.1 KB 
ID:	99072
    ---


    2. I right click on "Folder 1".
    A menu appears. On this menu, I select "Properties".

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ScreenHunter_129 Aug. 31 15.25.png 
Views:	59 
Size:	135.7 KB 
ID:	99073


    On "Properties", I select "Customize". Here I have the chance to change the look of my "Folder 1".

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ScreenHunter_130 Aug. 31 15.26.png 
Views:	59 
Size:	128.5 KB 
ID:	99074


    I choose a look of my choice ( any is ok ).

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ScreenHunter_131 Aug. 31 15.30.png 
Views:	60 
Size:	159.2 KB 
ID:	99075


    ---


    3. Now my "Folder 1" looks different from "Folder 2"
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ScreenHunter_132 Aug. 31 15.31.png 
Views:	59 
Size:	8.6 KB 
ID:	99076


    ---


    4. I COPY the "Folder 1".
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ScreenHunter_133 Aug. 31 15.32.png 
Views:	59 
Size:	39.4 KB 
ID:	99077


    I open the "Folder 2" and I PASTE my "Folder 1".
    What do I get?

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ScreenHunter_134 Aug. 31 15.33.png 
Views:	59 
Size:	12.0 KB 
ID:	99078


    "Folder 1" without the previous customization. Why??? It is wrong. I'm copying something. It must be copied as it is.


    ---


    5. I delete the copy.
    I exit "Folder 2" and go back to Local Disc (C).

    I left click click on "Folder 1" and, keeping clicked, I move it inside "Folder 2".
    I open "Folder 2" and I find my "Folder 1" with its customized look. ( !!!! )
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ScreenHunter_135 Aug. 31 15.33.png 
Views:	59 
Size:	15.1 KB 
ID:	99079


    ---


    6. Now I open Local Disc (D).
    So I have opened : "Folder 2" ( that contains my customized "Folder1" and Local Disc (D).
    I left click on "Folder 1" and, keeping clicked, I move it in Local Disc (D).
    ATTENTION : this time "Folder 1" will not be really "moved" from "Folder 2" to Local Disc (D), but copied.
    Well, the result is bad again : the "Folder 1" is copied in Local Disc (D) without the customization.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ScreenHunter_136 Aug. 31 15.35.png 
Views:	59 
Size:	17.2 KB 
ID:	99080


    So, it is rather clear that something is wrong when the folders are copied.
    How to solve?
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    31 Aug 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 10,358
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Noted that if I set a folder picture or icon, (and don't hide system files) desktop.ini appears in that folder.

    The desktop.ini file is present in the copied version of the folder, but the copied folder appearance is default. That is, the desktop.ini file is present, but not expressed.

    I also noted that if you copy that folder, then move it to the same destination, there's no notification that the folder already exists. Further, the copied and moved folder appears as default.

    If, having customised a folder, I delete it and then create a new folder in the same place, the new folder has same desktop.ini in it- the same picture/icon. Only by manually setting the customisation to default can I eliminate that.

    (Noted that there have been several reports of customisation being lost in copy to external drives).

    How do you solve it? I don't know.
    Last edited by dalchina; 13 Sep 2016 at 08:53.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  3.    13 Sep 2016 #3
    Join Date : Sep 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10 64 bit

    Hello,

    I have the same exact problem and do not know of a solution.
    I formatted my pc and the problem seemed to be gone but yesterday the windows updater updated my pc and today I saw I had the same problem again.
    What could it be?

    Best regards,
    DDC
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  4.    13 Sep 2016 #4
    Join Date : Sep 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10 64 bit

    Hello again,
    Just talked to Portuguese Microsoft who told me that this was done by purpose by Microsoft with the newer updates. I am currently on version 1607 and my friend who has 1511 doesn't have the problem. They told me that they did that by option but didn't told me why. I am guessing neither the Portuguese Microsoft knew why.
    It seems that there is no fix by Microsoft regarding the personalization of folder icons.

    Regarding the notification, it can be solved easily. Just open a folder go to File on top left then Change Folder and Search Options (this is a translation from Portuguese don't know if it is displayed this way on English windows). After that it should open a window with 3 separators on top. Chose the second one and then in advanced options uncheck the following: hide lists merge conflicts (again, this is a translation, don't know if it is displayed like this in English Windows). After completing this steps it should apear confirmation box every time you copy a folder to a destination with a folder with the same name as the one you want to copy.
    Hope it helped.
    Best regards.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  5.    13 Sep 2016 #5
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 10,358
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Well done.. I'm surprised you managed to get useful info from MS- albeit their design decision appears inappropriate and confusing.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  6.    13 Sep 2016 #6
    Join Date : Sep 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10 64 bit

    It was not a very clever decision. I had all my folders personalized and now if I want to move them say to OneDrive or dropbox, they lose all customization. Time will tell if they fix this or someone manages to find a solution.

    Best regards,
    DDC
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  7.    20 Sep 2016 #7
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Melbourne
    Posts : 223
    Win 10 Pro X64

    Haven't tested the below but worth a try in case it works
    Create a new folder
    - Unhide system files via the folders options
    - Choose your desired icon and put it in that folder (set it to hidden)
    - Customize your folder with that icon
    - Open that folder and locate the hidden file "desktop.ini"
    - Modify it with Notepad as follows:
    [.ShellClassInfo]
    IconResource=youriconname.ico,0
    This absolute path will force the system to locate the icon in the same folder

    Another possibility mentioned elsewhere is this
    drop the icon in the folder you want to customize, create a Desktop.ini file by copying a known functional one albeit with the path to the chosen Icon, set the attributes of the Windows folder using a CMD line run with admin priv's
    attrib +r "C:\Windows"
    then set the icon and the desktop file to hidden. F5 to refresh should do it
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  8.    29 Sep 2016 #8
    Join Date : Sep 2016
    Posts : 14
    Windows 10

    Was just discussing this issue on another forum. What I've discovered is that the problem stems from how 1607 treats folder attributes such as +R and +S (either of which must be set for a custom icon via desktop.ini to work properly). 1511 retained +R or +S on copies of a folder or when a folder was moved on the same or to a different partition. 1607 however works in only 1 out of the 4 cases - copying (no matter the partition) causes the attributes to be lost, and moving the folder to a different partition also results in the same. Only moving a customized folder on the same partition maintains its attributes (and thus its custom icon).

    [Note that if the icon is stored inside the folder itself, desktop.ini must be using a relative path to it obviously.]

    Quote Originally Posted by ddcddc View Post
    Hello again,
    Just talked to Portuguese Microsoft who told me that this was done by purpose by Microsoft with the newer updates. I am currently on version 1607 and my friend who has 1511 doesn't have the problem. They told me that they did that by option but didn't told me why. I am guessing neither the Portuguese Microsoft knew why.
    I'd love to know the reason for this absurd change. Seems like a bug to me to be perfectly honest. Wish there was some way to get in touch with the people responsible for Win Explorer in order to get a proper explanation, or better still a bug fix in a future update.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  9.    01 Nov 2016 #9
    Join Date : Nov 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    This has been annoying me too !
    There is this other topic about it on Windows TenForums, posted 22 Aug,
    Permanent Custom Folder Icon Problem

    But -
    1 quick way I found to copy and paste to external hard disk and keep your folder icon customization is to
    download the free & simple program - FastCopy - https://ipmsg.org/tools/fastcopy.html.en

    "It runs fast and does not hog resources, because MFC is not used."
    This bypasses any bug that cause the folder icon to not show after copying.

    You just drag the folder to be copied into the Source box
    and write or type the external hard disk letter or drag the external hard disk folder into the DestDir box.
    Then click Execute.
    It will copy and paste your folder & save you folder icon customization.

    You can also copy bulk folders by selecting a few folders and drag them into Source box the same way as 1 folder.
    Last edited by OUO; 07 May 2017 at 17:36.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  10.    01 Nov 2016 #10
    Join Date : Nov 2016
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10

    Good response


    Quote Originally Posted by OUO View Post
    This has been annoying me too !
    There is this other topic about it on Windows TenForums, posted 22 Aug,
    Permanent Custom Folder Icon Problem

    But -
    1 quick way I found to copy and paste to external hard disk and keep your folder icon customization is to
    download the free - FastCopy - simple program. https://ipmsg.org/tools/fastcopy.html.en

    "It runs fast and does not hog resources, because MFC is not used."
    This bypasses any bug that cause the folder icon to get lost after copying.

    You just drag the folder to be copied into the Source box
    and write or type the external hard disk letter or drag the external hard disk folder into the DestDir box.
    Then click Execute.
    It will copy and paste your folder & save you folder icon customization.

    You can also copy bulk folders by selecting a few folders and drag them into Source box the same way as 1 folder.
    Many Thanks for this useful response which proposes a solution.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Copying folders from C: to external hard drive or USB
I'm switching from an old desktop running XP to a new laptop running Windows 10. I've copied folders, including some programs, to an external hard drive and/or a USB. Windows Explorer in XP allowed me to just highlight files or folders I want to...
General Support
Viewing progress windows when copying files or folders
With Windows 8, if I copy files or folders from one disk to another, a window appears which shows the progress. This is very useful. Windows 10 does not show this window. Is there a way to make it appear?
General Support
How to upgrade customized win-7 to win-10
Hello, I have a laptop with multiple partitions running 64-bit Win-7 Pro. While doing a fresh install, I followed Kari's tutorials and set up User Profile on another partition. Based on the above, I was wondering what is the recommended...
Installation and Upgrade
Start Menu cannot be customized
While running the newest Insider build (10532) I do not see an option to customize the Start Menu. What I wanted was when right-clicking and seeing the list having "Devices & Printers" listed as an option. As it is not there, there is also no...
Customization
Problem copying file to desktop - System has file Open?
I'm trying to copy a ripped movie file (iso) from my G drive to desktop. The file is 45GB. It gets to 99% then a message comes up saying the process can't complete because the System has the file open. I have nothing running and can't find anything...
General Support
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:56.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App



Windows 10 Forums