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Folder views and file associations not saved

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1

    Folder views and file associations not saved


    I've recently had two problems with my system, which I believe are both due to the same underlying cause.

    The first problem is that no folder views are saved. If I change the view, exit the folder, and re-enter the folder, the view will have reset to 'Details'. This applies to every folder, including libraries. I have already tried several things which solved this for others, none of which have worked for me.

    The other problem is that file association does not save chosen programs, and won't even open files at all when 'Open with' is used. If I click 'Change...' (Opens with) under a file's properties, it allows me to choose a program. After choosing, nothing changes. Similarly to the first problem, I have tried every solution I can find and all have failed.

    I believe this may be something related to file permissions or registry permissions, as I first noticed these issues when I disabled UAC completely through the registry editor (see Disable UAC completely). It may have started before, so don't assume this is definitely the root of the problem. NOTE: I have since re-enabled UAC through the same method, and this has not fixed either of the problems.

    PS: I'm a very experienced computer user, so to save both my time and your own, keep solution instructions to a minimum.
    Last edited by Techy4198; 18 Jun 2015 at 08:52.

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  2. #2



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    The other problem is that file association does not save chosen programs, and won't even open files at all when 'Open with' is used. If I click 'Change...' (Opens with) under a file's properties, it allows me to choose a program. After choosing, nothing changes. Similarly to the first problem, I have tried every solution I can find and all have failed.
    Click image for larger version of course the option will change depending on the file type.
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  3. #3



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    The first problem is that no folder views are saved. If I change the view, exit the folder, and re-enter the folder, the view will have reset to 'Details'. This applies to every folder, including libraries. I have already tried several things which solved this for others, none of which have worked for me.
    In folder options, is Launch folder windows in separate process under view tab checked? If that doesn't help you could clear your window size/location cache and start over.(using Ccleaner or in folder options restore defaults)
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  4. #4


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for the response. That box was checked, however nothing happens after closing the choose program dialog box regardless of whether or not it's checked. Please note: this issue occurs with both natively registered file types (TXT, GIF etc.) and file types added by external programs (JAR, OGG etc.)

    I have also run CCleaner with the window size/location cache checked, and this hasn't helped with anything either.
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  5. #5


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I'm a very experienced computer user, so to save both my time and your own, keep solution instructions to a minimum.
    Run this as administrator-

    dism.bat

    Reboot.
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  6. #6



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    You could try this tutorial and see if resetting window cache let's you start over (size/placement)

    Folder View Settings - Reset to Default in Windows 8
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  7. #7


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I'm a very experienced computer user, so to save both my time and your own, keep solution instructions to a minimum.
    Run this as administrator-

    dism.bat

    Reboot.
    Both runs of SFC say corrupted files were found but couldn't be fixed. DISM says it couldn't download the files.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    You could try this tutorial and see if resetting window cache let's you start over (size/placement)

    Folder View Settings - Reset to Default in Windows 8
    Tried that already, didn't work, even after a full reboot.
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  9. #9


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Techy4198 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I'm a very experienced computer user, so to save both my time and your own, keep solution instructions to a minimum.
    Run this as administrator-

    dism.bat

    Reboot.
    Both runs of SFC say corrupted files were found but couldn't be fixed. DISM says it couldn't download the files.
    Uninstall KB 3022345

    & try again.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Uninstall KB 3022345

    & try again.
    Couldn't do this through update history as I'd cleared it. Attempting to uninstall it with the command wusa /uninstall /kb:3022345 /norestart says Update [...] is required by your computer and cannot be uninstalled
    Last edited by Techy4198; 24 Jun 2015 at 11:03.
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