Windows Explorer - Default Details View

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January 12, 2010 at 09:39:19
Specs: Windows XP
Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone knew of registry tweaks that could be used to set all folder views in Windows Explorer as "Details View"?

We as a company have disabled folder options for the users but we would like to add the required registry keys onto our logon script to ensure every user has the same settings. There is nothing in the GPO either which is quite annoying.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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January 14, 2010 at 13:30:47
Open Windows Explorer > View > Click on Details.
Move to Tools > Folder Options > View, click on Apply to all Folders.
In Advanced settings: make sure this is ticked > Remember each folder's view settings.

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January 14, 2010 at 15:28:57
I googled this > xp startup script folder options registry keys

This link may give you the clue on how to achive what you want, small extract below.
Navigate the registry to:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Policies

and delete all entries except :


close the registry, modify folder's view, apply to all folders.

Verify, it works!

I advise you to export the old registry key before to modify it, if
then works, up to you to create a batch file...

Other links that may interset.

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January 14, 2010 at 21:11:42
What benefit is gained from disabling user folder options? Just curious.

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January 14, 2010 at 23:52:21

I've just found these actually by using regshot and capturing the differences when i've changed the settings.

Here are the keys to change to details view:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00




Then apply to all folders:




Worked an absolute treat. We have disabled folder options as we dont want the users changing the settings like view hidden files and folders or changing to view extension types etc.


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