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By estvb ·
I have WinXP and have one folder where I keep all of my mp3's. I have most of the songs on the top level directory but categorized some by artist and put them in their separate folder. I like WinXP's ability to show the bit rate, artist, album, etc. info in the Details folder view and set that up for all of the music folders. This is fine and great except for two folders that are somehow "linked" to other folders on my computer. When I set the view to Detail, the view for another folder (C:\Documents and Settings\All Users) also changes to Detail. No other folders change, just that one. If I change the second back to Tiles, which is what I want for the rest of my computer, the music folder changes. This also happens for another pairof folders.

What can possibly be causing this and how can I fix it?

I've tried the "Like Current Folder" button but it doesn't fix the problem. Also, if I rename the music folder the problem stops, but I'd rather keep the names if at all possible.

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by estvb In reply to Weird folder view problem

I meant the "Apply to All Folders" button under Folder Options->View

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by Ann777 In reply to Weird folder view problem

Have you seen MSKB Q306554 ?

The above seems to relate to your issue here, but since I do not have Windows XP yet, I cannot play with it to see what is happening.

Also if you "upgraded" from another version of Windows, MSKB Q282476 may applyto you. It sounds as if you already tried their "resolution" though... at the end "MS confirms this to be a problem."

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You might want to make sure that the folder names that you have chosen, do not repeat in hidden folders.

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by estvb In reply to Weird folder view problem

I did a clean install of WinXP and I'm absolutely sure that there aren't any hidden/system folders with the same name as the music folders.

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by phil.hall In reply to Weird folder view problem

Are you logged in as Administrator? (Not a user with Admin privelage, but the actual Administrator) That could make a difference.

Also, what's the name of your music folder? You mention that if you rename the folder the problem stops, so perhaps you're treading on a "reserved" folder name.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Weird folder view problem

I'm logged in as a normal user and just found out that the problem doesn't come up if I'm logged as an Administrator. This just keeps getting weirder and weirder!

The name of the problematic folders are "Trans-Siberian Orchestra" and "City On a Hill". These cause problems with "E:\My Music" and "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users" respectively. I rename the first one by just taking out the dash, but I can leave the dash and change another character and the problem is fixed.

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by slchiu @ Net Workshop In reply to Weird folder view problem

it is probably a bug in winXP.

And you just found the Work-around...

is to rename the folder!

Just rename to somewhat meanful, e.g. "songs" or "M U S I C"

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Weird folder view problem

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by estvb In reply to Weird folder view problem

I FIXED MY PROBLEM!!!

I was looking at www.tweakxp.com and found where WinXP keeps the folder view settings. It's in the registry under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam in the keys "Bags" and "BagMRU". I just deleted those keys, rebooted, and changed the views to the way I want and no other folders where changed.

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