How to Fix Windows Vista Folder View Settings from Resetting

Some of you Vista users might have experienced an annoying problem in Vista. This problem has infected many pcs with XP as well. The folder view settings set by the user for a particular folder get reset from time to time. Windows remembers by default the folder view settings of 200 local folders and 200 network folders initially. Windows Vista remembers 5000 folders which are usually enough for most users. But users having more than 5000 folders experience this problem. Here’s an easy registry tweak which fixes this problem. Here’s how you do it:

1. Go to Start> Run. Type regedit and hit enter to open registry editor.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell
3. Now create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it BagMRU Size.
4. Double-click the entry and give it a value of 10000, double the default amount.

Once done, just browse to the folder where the folder settings were getting reset. Now, if the same thing repeats, you need to increase the value of 10000 which you had entered earlier to 15000 or more.

NOTE: If you’re using XP then the maximum limit of value that you can set is 8000.



3 comments for “How to Fix Windows Vista Folder View Settings from Resetting”

  • Shaun Cochran

    This “fix” completely wiped out all of my MP3’s and WMA’s informations besides the names of the songs…all other track information on my 10,000 songs was f’n WIPED!!! Lame, do not use this fix!!!

  • Bob

    I tried it and all my music is just fine. And my folder views stay just the way I want them.

  • Shaun Cochran

    Yeah, I jumped the gun, it was a glitch and then everything went back to normal…lol Worked fine 🙂

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