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  1.    #1

    Windows 10 Customizing Folders


    I recently moved to Windows 10.
    I have about 130 folders in Pictures.
    I customized each folder with a pic from that folder using the following method:

    right click on folder/properties/customize/choose file/open/apply/ok.

    I have noticed today that about 20 of the folders are missing the pic that I used to customize the folders with, and have been replaced with a couple of pics from within the folder.

    I am now unable to customize the folders in the usual way - Windows will no longer allow me to customize any folder.

    Any ideas what has gone wrong please?
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       #2

    potplayer said: View Post
    I recently moved to Windows 10.
    I am now unable to customize the folders in the usual way - Windows will no longer allow me to customize any folder.
    Has the option disappeared or just seem to have no effect?

    Two things to check:
    1. The folder has a desktop.ini file (hidden, system file). It should specify the folder picture:
      Code:
      [ViewState]
      Mode=
      Vid=
      FolderType=Pictures
      Logo=C:\Users\keith\Pictures\Chicago InterContinental\IMG_0557.JPG
    2. The folder's read-only attribute is set (this tells Explorer to process the desktop.ini file, it does not affect file operatons). to ensure it is set, Shift+Right-click in the folder background & select Open PowerShell window here. Then type the following:
      Code:
      (gi .\).Attributes += 'ReadOnly'


    Keith
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  3. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       #3

    potplayer,

    I had a similar symptom that I think indicates the same fault.
    - My symptom was loss of Folder type settings such as setting Music folders.
    - I rarely use folder icons and did not check for them when I had the fault condition.

    So try setting a folder type to Music / Video / ... [anything but General items] then select a different folder to give the setting a chance to go wrong and come back to the one you have changed then see if it has retained your change. If it has reverted to a General items folder type then use
    Reset Folder View Settings to Default - TenForumsTutorials
    to fix it.

    Denis
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  4.    #4

    Keith/Denis,
    Thanks for responses.

    Keith - If I go through the procedure i.e. right click on folder/properties/customize/choose file/open/apply/ok - all the options are still there but nothing happens.

    When I look at the desktop.ini file as you mentioned, it indeed mentions the image (e.g..IMG_1234) but the image does not show on that folder.

    There are a couple of folders that have no desktop.ini file??

    Denis - Don't quite understand your post but if I create a New Folder and put some pics into it and carry out the procedure (right click on folder/properties/customize/choose file/open/apply/ok - all appears to be OK with that New Folder??
    Still no joy with the original folders.
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  5. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 2,297
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       #5

    potplayer,

    No, I am not referring to your reported symptoms or even what you want to do. I am suggesting that you check something else because your symptoms are similar to those I know about but I want to be sure that using the same solution as me will help you.

    So I am suggesting
    right click on folder/properties/customize
    then
    Optimise this folder for
    Music / Video / Documents / Pictures - [anything except General items]
    then go away from this folder and then come back to it [or else the initial results can be misleading]
    if the
    Optimise this folder for
    has reverted to
    General items
    then your symptoms match mine and I believe that that TenForumsTutorial link will solve your problem.

    Denis
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  6.    #6

    Denis,

    Did what you suggested - this is not the problem.
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  7. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 2,297
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       #7

    OK, so it is not what I had. I am probably of no help to you then. Sorry.

    When you wrote, "Windows will no longer allow me to customize any folder", what happens / fails to happen during your "right click on folder/properties/customize/choose file/open/apply/ok" procedure?

    Denis
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    #8

    Denis,

    I go through the procedure - click OK - nothing happens.
    Just to recap - I can't customize any of the many existing folders any more.
    If I create a new folder, there is no problem??
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  9. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 2,297
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       #9

    Have you perhaps changed to a different folder view on the affected folders? You can only see the assigned picture if the containing folder is set to
    right click, View - Tiles, Contents, Medium+ icons

    Denis
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  10.    #10

    Denis,
    Once again - thanks for response, but that is not the problem.

    BTW, I came across the following whilst scouring the Internet for answers:

    Selected Folder
    right click on folder/properties/customize/choose file/open/apply/ok.
    Open said folder
    Copy a file (any file) and paste into open folder.
    Delete the file you have just pasted.
    Exit folder.

    Chosen pic is on the folder.

    I don't understand why this works, but it does!!!!

    Although this obviously works, it doesn't solve the original problem of why I can't customize existing folders in the usual way?
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