Question about the way Windows Explorer Sort files list

September 4, 2015 at 10:58:56
Specs: W7 Home
Whether I am using Windows Explorer or Explorer++, my files are being sorted by name like this:

201312XX.jpg
201506xx 1.jpg
20131117 1.jpg
20120217.jpg
20130701 2.jpg
20140126.jpg
20150101.jpg

The correct format should be in numerical order:
20120217.jpg
20130701 2.jpg
20131117 1.jpg
201312XX.jpg
20140126.jpg
20150101.jpg
201506xx 1.jpg

So it must be something the OS is doing? Results are just as reversed when sorting descending. Even copying these to another folder the file names are out of order. In other folders with other files, things look correct.

Any thoughts?

Thank you.

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#1
September 4, 2015 at 16:13:00
On both my Win 7 and Win 8.1 I get this (not quite either of what you showed, although much closer to the first list):

201312XX.jpg
201506xx 1.jpg
220120217.jpg
20130701 2.jpg
20131117 1.jpg
20140126.jpg
20150101.jpg

When you list what you call "the correct format", is this by comparison with another Win 7 or Win 8.1 computer or is it based on some idea of your own? The reason for asking is there have been subtle changes in the sorting algorithm over the years.
This was what changed with XP:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,281...

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#2
September 4, 2015 at 16:46:33
When you have spaces and letters in the file name the definition of 'numerical order' may be a matter of interpretation. If you can't get the sorting routines to give what you want you may need to rename the files.

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#3
September 5, 2015 at 07:48:45
^ What DAVE said.

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