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Apply To All Folders is Inoperable


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#1 Manupon

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:46 AM

I just discovered this morning (1Oct13) that the ability to set all folders to display "Files" is no longer possible using the customary Control Panel/Folder Options/View/Apply To All Folders procedure.

Over the years the "Files" option has had to be reset on my computer from time to time for unknown reasons so I am well familiar with that procedure. As of today, however, that no longer works since Apply To All Folders has been disabled. No changes have been made to settings, no downloads made, etc in several weeks, nor do I recall a request for my approval  of installing an XP Pro update being requested at Turn Off last night or this morning.

Anyone else have this problem and/or any useful thoughts on how to fix it? (Yeah, yeah, I know. Microsoft.)

Thank you.



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:57 AM

System File Checker
 
The sfc /scannow command scans all protected system files and replaces corrupted and incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions.
 
During this scan you may be prompted to insert your installation disc in the DVD/CD drive, if you have this disc you will want to have it available before you start the scan.  If you don't have this disc and are prompted for it you will need to follow the *instructions below for locating the i386 file. 
 
To initiate this scan go to Start> Run and type in sfc /scannow then press enter.
 
If files are found during this scan which need to be replaced you may be prompted to insert your installation disc, do so at that time.   If it doesn't ask you for the disc this means that it wasn't necessary to replace any files.   In the event the the system asks you for the disc, you must visit Windows Update immediately after the scan is completed (Please note that there won't be any confirmation dialog - the program will just exit without telling you anything).
 
***Warning, the steps below involve entering the Registry.  If a mistake is made there this can render your computer inoperable.  For this reason I suggest that you first back up the rigistry.***
 
Backup Your Registry with ERUNT 
 
Please download  ERUNT.
 
For the version with the Installer:  Use the setup program to install ERUNT on your computer.
 
For the zipped version:  Unzip all the files into a folder of your choice.
 
Important:  For the zipped version you will need a program lik 7-Zip to unzip the files.
 
Click on Erunt.exe to backup your registry to the folder of your choice.
 
In the event you need to restore your registry, run ERUNT from folder C:\WINDOWS\ERUNT\ (the date the backup was made shoule go here.)
 
*If you do not have this disc you will need to locate a directory on your system which is named i386. You will need to search for this in the registry, to do this type in regedit in the Search programs and files box and then press Enter, you will see a screen similar to the one below.
 
registrysnip_zps5dd5b3c6.png
 
To find this you will need to navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup 
 
You will see the list of HKEY options, please notice the arrow to the left of the option, when you click on this arrow the menu will expand and you will be able to find the next step “SOFTWARE”, expand the menu on this option and proceed till you reach “Setup”.  Under “Setup” you will need to find “SourcePath”.  The SourcePath probably has an entry pointing to your CD-ROM drive, and that is why it is asking for the XP CD. This needs to be changed it to C:\, to do this double click on SourcePath, a box will open where you will make this change by typing in C:\.
 
Restart your computer now and try running the scan again.

Edited by dc3, 01 October 2013 - 11:55 AM.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:42 AM

This might help http://en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-21376-not-showing-hidden-files-and-folders



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 10:00 PM

Thank you Wolverine for your suggestion, and particular thanks to Arachibutyrophobia for a detailed approach to solving my problem re the disabled Apply To All Files function. I learned a lot that I didn't know (and was reminded of some things I had forgotten) about troubleshooting 'puter problems.
 
Glad to report that my problem has been solved. I now have all my files set the way I like 'em. And how was the problem solved?

I sat back and allowed the sfc /scannow procedure work its wondrous ways. Only an occasional flutter of the green Disk Drive light gave a clue that something may have been going on. How irritating. But I had been warned of this so I  just sat there until the green light ceased altogether. In checking the computer to see if List view was functioning, am happy to say that it was.

I'm happily back in business, and you fellows should take a bow for your kind offer of help.
                                                                                            



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 08:37 AM

I'm glad to hear it is back to normal. :thumbup2:


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