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  1. Posts : 61,570
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #50

    Steve C said:
    I used the batch file in Option 1 and now all desktop icons arrange to the left in a grid every time I log out and back in. Auto arrange icons and align to grid if off. Is there a way to fix this without recovering from backup? Is there a problem with the batch file?
    Hello Steve,

    Option 1 basically just clears all custom folder views to reset them back to default. The desktop uses Auto arrange icons (off) and Align to grid (on) by default.

    Is it allowing you to arrange the icons how you want while running Windows, and resetting on sign out/in or restart each time?

    There have been many reports of Windows not remembering the desktop icon layout after a sign out/in or restart, but it's not related to resetting the folder views using the method in this tutorial. So far, most people have been using 3rd party software to keep their desktop settings remembered (backed up).

    You might also try this below to see if it may fix it for you:

    Windows 10: Folder View Settings and Desktop Icon Positions Not Saving

    This does require taking ownership of the InProcServer32 key at both locations before being able to change the (Default) value if needed to be changed.

    chimera8888 said:
    A FIX WAS FOUND ON THE ESET WEBSITE
    I will provide the FIX here and walk you through it
    FIX was found by AREZCO

    In regedit go to those 2 destinations

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{42aedc87-2188-41fd-b9a3-0c966feabec1}\InProcServer32\
    and
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{42aedc87-2188-41fd-b9a3-0c966feabec1}\InProcServer32\

    Double click on (Default) and replace "%SystemRoot%\SysWow64\shell32.dll" with "%SystemRoot%\system32\windows.storage.dll" in both file destinations then restart your PC and everything should work fine !!
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  2. Posts : 7,089
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #51

    Brink said:
    Hello Steve,

    Option 1 basically just clears all custom folder views to reset them back to default. The desktop uses Auto arrange icons (off) and Align to grid (on) by default.

    Is it allowing you to arrange the icons how you want while running Windows, and resetting on sign out/in or restart each time?

    There have been many reports of Windows not remembering the desktop icon layout after a sign out/in or restart, but it's not related to resetting the folder views using the method in this tutorial. So far, most people have been using 3rd party software to keep their desktop settings remembered (backed up).

    You might also try this below to see if it may fix it for you:

    Windows 10: Folder View Settings and Desktop Icon Positions Not Saving

    This does require taking ownership of the InProcServer32 key at both locations before being able to change the (Default) value if needed to be changed.
    No desktop sorting or alignment options are set. I've reset them where they were using DesktopOK but they all shift left again after logging out / in. Looks like there is a strange issue I'll have to recover from my Reflect backup luckily made 2 hours ago.
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  3. Posts : 61,570
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #52

    Steve C said:
    No desktop sorting or alignment options are set. I've reset them where they were using DesktopOK but they all shift left again after logging out / in. Looks like there is a strange issue I'll have to recover from my Reflect backup luckily made 2 hours ago.
    Just as test and for reference, what does it show in the registry settings above for you? The default should be %SystemRoot%\system32\windows.storage.dll.
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  4. Posts : 7,089
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #53

    Brink said:
    Just as test and for reference, what does it show in the registry settings above for you? The default should be %SystemRoot%\system32\windows.storage.dll.
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{42aedc87-2188-41fd-b9a3-0c966feabec1}\InProcServer32\ is %SystemRoot%\system32\windows.storage.dll

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{42aedc87-2188-41fd-b9a3-0c966feabec1}\InProcServer32\ is %SystemRoot%\system32\windows.storage.dll

    All as expected.

    I just recovered foro today's Reflect backup in 7 minutes so I'm back to where I was before I started fiddling with folders.

    I've now set two types of folder view - 'General' is set to small icons and 'Docs' is set to medium icons. All desktop folders are now set to one of these (or photos / videos / music for media folders). I wish Windows had a way of just remembering each folder as it was last left configured.
    Last edited by Steve C; 09 Nov 2020 at 11:00.
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  5. Posts : 8
    windows 10
       #54

    Hi Shawn

    I have tried the following two batch

    Folders Reset_Folder_View_Settings_of_All_Folders_to_Default.bat
    then
    Folders All_Folders_Use_General_Items_Folder_Template

    Everywhere is set general except when I look at the library folders
    Documents folder is still shown in properties optimize this library for: Documents
    Music folder is still shown in properties optimize this library for: Music
    Pictures folder is still shown in properties optimize this library for: Pictures
    Videos folder is still shown in properties optimize this library for: Vidoes

    I have searched everywhere. Just wondering is there a cmd or reg to make Libraries' Doc , Music, Pictures, Videos to optimized for General items ?

    Thanks
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  6. Posts : 61,570
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #55

    illusion said:
    Hi Shawn

    I have tried the following two batch

    Folders Reset_Folder_View_Settings_of_All_Folders_to_Default.bat
    then
    Folders All_Folders_Use_General_Items_Folder_Template

    Everywhere is set general except when I look at the library folders
    Documents folder is still shown in properties optimize this library for: Documents
    Music folder is still shown in properties optimize this library for: Music
    Pictures folder is still shown in properties optimize this library for: Pictures
    Videos folder is still shown in properties optimize this library for: Vidoes

    I have searched everywhere. Just wondering is there a cmd or reg to make Libraries' Doc , Music, Pictures, Videos to optimized for General items ?

    Thanks
    Hello illusion,

    Unfortunately, this does not get applied to libraries.

    Libraries still need to be manually set, but what you set gets applied to all folders in the library though.
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  7. Posts : 5,087
    21H1 64 Bit Home
       #56

    Steve C said:
    I wish Windows had a way of just remembering each folder as it was last left configured.
    There's probably some clever way to do that but I just set all folders and libraries in Explorer to "General Items" and if i need per folder view settings I browse via a third party portable file explorer (with a lot of addons) which is not exactly straightforward to configure.

    Reset Folder View Settings to Default in Windows 10-options-tablacus-explorer.jpg
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  8. Posts : 266
    Windows 10 21H1
       #57

    illusion said:
    I have searched everywhere. Just wondering is there a cmd or reg to make Libraries' Doc , Music, Pictures, Videos to optimized for General items ?
    I think you'll get the result you want using WinSetView. Please see:
    Announcing WinSetView (Tool to Globally Set Explorer Folder Views)
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