Fix: Windows 7 forgets Folder View settings

If you find that your Windows 7 forgets Folder View settings or does not remember it, you can try this registry modification. The usual way to reset a Folder Type View Settings is as follows:

Open Explorer > Folder Options > View tab > Reset Folders OK > Apply/OK.

Windows 7 forgets Folder View settings

However, Windows may keep forgetting the folder type view settings. This occurs because by default, Windows Vista is set to remember folder view settings for only 5000 folders. (In Windows XP it was 400, but has been increased in Windows Vista it is 5000.) The way out is to increase this value to, say, 10000 folders.

You can do so as follows:

Open regedit and navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell

In the RHS pane, rt click > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value > Name it BagMRU Size.

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Next right click BagMRU Size > Click Modify.

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Select Decimal and type 10000 (or in Hexadecimal base type 2710). Click OK. Reboot.

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  • Ted

    ANY other ideas?
    This didn’t work. In fact, it did nothing. So, any other ideas?

  • gsdgfdg

    You probably have a 64bit system so try navigating here instead: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassesWow6432NodeLocal SettingsSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShell and setting the BagMRU Size to something way more than the default 5000 like 50000. If even this doesn’t do the trick then try this which will reset all folder view settings once incase they are corrupted and after that they shouldn’t keep resetting anymore: (still set the BagMRU Size to 50000 instead of 5000)

  • eaglesgift

    No such registry key named Local Settings under HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassesWow6432Node, only CLSID and Interface, so not possible to do what you suggest

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