Fixing explorer in Vista

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]

3 Comments so far

  1.   HandyAndy on February 16th, 2008          

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

  2.   Corrado Cavalli on February 17th, 2008          

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

  3.   Ed Richard on February 20th, 2008          

    Thank Mate, you’ve made my day