My most annoying Vista feature EVER

I’ve used Windows Vista as my primary OS on a number of machines since beta2, and am broadly supportive of it, however there are some things about it that annoy the heck out of me. This is probably the most annoying feature for me, where explorer will decide for some inexplicable reason that a particular folder should be treated “differently“. Let me clue you in here Vista - this isn’t a directory of photos or video (I can’t imagine what might have given you that impression), and I’m not about to start giving my different virtual machines “Ratings“. I want to see “Date Modified” and “Size“. Let’s add “Type“ as a stretch goal in case I need to sort by that. Until you can get that right you can take your live previews of documents, funky “ultra ultra ultra large icon“ views of things, and weird non-standard menu that only shows up when I press the ALT key and de-scope it. Thankyou. If anyone can legitimately explain to me how I can never experience this problem again and a) still use vista b) still use explorer I will be extremely greatful, as changing things from the “Folder Options“ dialog has failed miserably thus far.


In the folder properties, choose ‘customize’ and there ‘All Items’ as a template and mark ‘apply to subdirectories’. Too bad this cannot be done globally on the System Disk as it has no ‘customize’ tab, so my C: root is a photo folder, it can be done globally on other disks though which is pretty strange.
25/01/2008 6:32:00 AM
this was also my most annoying feature until i found this:

now one of the first things i run on a new vista install is this .reg file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell]
"BagMRU Size"=dword:00004e20

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]
25/01/2008 7:28:00 AM
Joseph Cooney
Thanks Lucas - that looks like just what I need.
25/01/2008 7:40:00 AM
What, you don’t rate your dll’s? I have all mine lined up from 5 star to one. Then I can see whether I’m writing a 5 star app or not by the average score of its references.
26/01/2008 1:58:00 AM
Every time I hit something like this, I wonder how far we are from the "user profile in the cloud" scenario, and think about writing an application that does all the little customizations to a user profile that you wonder why they didn’t do in the first place… (oh, and installs PureText)
26/01/2008 3:45:00 PM
Mike Brown
Yeah I get tired of that too…and it happens at the STRANGEST times. thanks for the registry hack.
27/02/2008 8:56:00 AM