Diff HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Directory\ vs. .....\folder\?


  1. Posts : 128
    Win10
       #1

    Diff HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Directory\ vs. .....\folder\?


    As I found out there are two similar (same?) registry entries:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Directory\

    and

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Folder\

    Whats the difference?

    As far as I can see folders are NOT referenced in

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\AllfilesystemsObjects\

    So folders are NOT a File system object in this sense?

    Correct?
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  2. Posts : 1,232
    W10-Pro 22H2
       #2

    I had to test this again to check, because the behaviour in W10 may not be the same as XP (where I started playing with the context menu. The 'directory' class includes drive letters as well as folders, the folder class excludes drives.
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  3. Posts : 3,279
    Win10
       #3

    It is difficult to give a 'concise' explanation in lay terms, but have a look at the following pages. They show how Windows manages NameSpaces, and that Folders can include virtual objects which group items like Network printers, Control Panel applications, etc. Directories are one type of folder.

    https://devblogs.microsoft.com/oldne...16-00/?p=11473
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/wi...amespace-intro
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  4. Posts : 3,011
    Windows 10 Pro for the Bro
       #4

    I just checked my regedit...

    I apparently don't have:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Folder\
    nor
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\AllfilesystemsObjects\


    Yet, I do have:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Directory\
    Diff HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Directory\ vs. .....\folder\?-image.png
    [But every single subfolder is empty... with only the: (Default) REG_SZ values.]
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  5. Posts : 18,034
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #5

    I just checked my regedit . . .

    The FIRST I have the Folder:

    Diff HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Directory\ vs. .....\folder\?-image.png

    The SECOND I do NOT have the Folder:

    Diff HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Directory\ vs. .....\folder\?-image.png

    I hope this helps.
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