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How to view classic folder display/icons in Windows 7?

Q: How to view classic folder display/icons in Windows 7?

Hello, I recently got a new computer running Windows 7, and I wanted to see about changing the folder view--not the folder tree, but the way the actual folders appear, specifically for folders containing photos. I do digital graphics and designs. I have a lot of photos in different folders, and my old computer displayed each folder as a flat, square folder with 4 little preview images of what is in the folder. The new version of Windows displays the folder vertically with the folder open and the documents/photos inside spilling out, it is difficult to tell what is in each folder, I really want to go back to the old way. I looked in the folder options in the control panel but don't see anything for a classic view. Please tell me there is a way to view the folders in Windows 7 like in the old XP....Thanks!!

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A: How to view classic folder display/icons in Windows 7?

No, sorry there is not.


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I recently installed Windows 7, and I wanted to see about changing the folder view--not the folder tree, but the way the actual folders appear, specifically for folders containing photos. I have a lot of photos in different folders, and my old computer displayed each folder as a flat, square folder with 4 little preview images of what is in the folder. The new version of Windows displays the folder vertically with the folder open and the documents/photos inside spilling out, I have the view set to "extra large icons" but it is still difficult to tell what is in each folder, I really want to go back to the old way. I looked in the folder options in the control panel but don't see anything for a classic view. Can someone help me with this?

A:How to view classic folder display/icons in Windows 7?

I hope no one can . In windows vista or windows 7 there is no longer the thumbnail preview , but the live folders ... half open with the contents shown .

Probably there is no way to get the option back .

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For somereason i can no longer enable Common Tasks, how do i go about fixing that.

Also My Default folder view for all folders is not being set globally, it has to be set for each single folder

After countless efforts of going through the process

1)view>list and arrange by name
2)tools>folder options>view tab>apply to all folders

doesn't seem to work.

Attached is a screenshot of the classic view error

A:Disable Classic Folder View

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G'day everyone!

I went into my display settings and tried to change it but for whatever reason it's not letting me change it back to that nice, smooth Windows 7 style. That and I can't put new themes in. Whatever he did cancelled my ability to switch theme or window style.

How do I change it to make it go back to normal? I know it's a petty issue, but I would just like to see that nice Windows 7 finish on all of my computer windows.

My Operating system is Windows 7 Home Basic.

Would seriously appreciate help, thank you.

A:My Display setting is stuck on Classic View

Hi Ibrahim Malkani, Welcome to SevenForums.

Have you already tried this:
Right Click on Desktop > Personalize > Choose on Aero Theme.

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So I have to maintain a Winblows box because of some closed-source tools we are required to use from a vendor. The system I bought to lug around said OS is a Dell that doesn't support XP. So I ran Vista for a while and that was a horrid experience. So when Win7 came out we moved over.

Ok so I have managed to hack and slash through the registry to get most of my XP look and feel back. But I still need two things:

1> How do you get the nice tree-view pop-out style Start Menu back in W7 that was available in Vista and before. Most of the stuff I have been reading seems to suggest you can get it, but it requires some hacks.

2> How do you make it show a uniform folder view for everything. And I mean everything. I want a detailed list with common icons (not this stupid custom view bs they started in Vista). So far I am stuck with the dumb custom folders and the wonky layout in Control Panels that makes *NO* sense. Come on... three columns alphabetized top to bottom for each? Which high-school drop out marketing weasel came up with that sad view?

Thanks for your help! This Windows stuff kills me. I don't know how people manage to live with it everyday without being able to see what's going on inside.

A:Classic start menu and consistent folder view in Win7

1> No, but you can find a third party application to do it.

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Hi guys, i really can't find a solution to this, for some reason my folder icons have changed to classic style, instead of the normal XP Style. My desktop is currently on XP style but the folder icons are simply in classic style , is there a way to restore them ?
Thanks for any help.

A:Folder Icons changed to Classic Style!!

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I have two icons that I want to assign to two folders. Unfortunately, something has gone wrong. Let me explain what happened step by step:

1. I have two folders: "A" and "B".
2. I have two icons (.ico files): "A" and "B".
3. I place icon "A" in folder "A" and icon "B" in folder "B".
4. I assign icon "A" to folder "A" and icon "B" to folder "B".
5. I notice that I've switched the icons around.
6. I move icon "A" to folder "B" and icon "B" to folder "A".
7. I rename icon "A" to "B" and icon "B" to "A".
8. I assign icon "A" to folder "A" and icon "B" to folder "B".
9. I notice that I still get to see the switched-around icons that I assigned in step 4 in the large and extra large icon views. In the smaller views the folder icons are now correct.

Here's what I did to try solve this problem:

- Follow two tutorials: Icon Cache - Rebuild and Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8 (for .ico files).
- Remove the icon cache using the Disk Cleanup utility.
- Run "sfc /scannow" and "chkdsk /f /r".
- Run CCleaner to cleanup the registry and manually remove some registry keys that I pinpointed by looking for the registry keys that change when I assign an icon to a folder.
- Restart the computer and the "explorer.exe&... Read more

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I would like to use small icons in a folder view.
Unfortunately, this choice does not appear in the list of choices.

Is there some way i can use small icons in the view of a folder ?


A:How can i put small icons in my view of a folder ... ?

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I am completely confused. Yesterday I reinstalled Windows, and today amid all the restarts somehow I lost my Windows XP "theme". The only option I have is my Windows Classic View. I've tried a few different things, and I can't seem to get it to give me my XP option. Does anyone know how to fix the problem or what may be causing it?

Thanks for your help!

A:Windows Classic View Only?

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We never liked how Vista looked and stuck with XP but recently decided to try Windows 7.  Unfortunately, aftre a week we're still not comfortable with the new look of the OS and simply prefer the classic view.  How do we get classic view for Windows 7?

A:How do I get classic view for Windows 7

Right-click an empty space on the desktop and select Personalize.  At the bottom of the panel are a few non-aero schemes, one of which is called classic.  It's PRETTY close to what you're used to, but you do lose a few aero features (FWIW I DO like the aero-peek when hovering over a pinned program).  You can also pick an aero theme and turn off the transparency.  Personally, I find the transparency a total waste, and confusing when you have several windows open, so this is what I did.

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I've got a little registry file that I run on all my new installs. One thing I been wanting to add to it is the ability to set the Folder View settings to "Large Icons" for "All Folders". The manual way to do this is...

- Open folder
- Right-Click > View > Large Icons
- Tools > Folder Options > View > Apply to Folders

So basically I'm looking for the registry key that I can change to set this via reg file. I've tried digging around in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU & Bags but it looks like those are for all folders. I'm looking for the one specific key/value that windows checks to determine what the folder view should be.

Thanks in advance!

A:Registry Key for Folder View > Large Icons

Hello XenonKilla,

If you like, you could set your folder view settings to how you like, then use the tutorial to back up these settings as a .reg file that you can use to restore them in any user account.

Folder View Settings - Back Up and Restore in Windows

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I'm suddenly only able to see icons and not thumbnails in my Documents>Pictures folder. Any ideas how to change it back to viewing thumbnails??  Thanks!  TinaMN.

A:How to view thumbnails & Not icons in Documents>Picture folder??

Hi TinaMN,
Thanks for posting here!
Let's navigate to My Documents ? Pictures folder. Right click on the window and choose View ? Large Icons. Let's see if thumbnails are available now.
Best regards,

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Anybody can share how to increase the size of icons in the details view of folders? there are a couple of howto around but they don't work, any new solution you know?

A:Increase Icons Size in Folder Details View

You can change the icon size to pretty much any size you like using CtrlMouseWheelZoom.exe

It's an AutoHotKey script compiled as an executable and you can download it here:

How to assign browser-like zooming hotkeys for resizing icons on the Desktop and in the Explorer window in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 | Winaero

In addition to the video shown in the above link here's another video (below) showing the script in action on my machine.

Folder is set to "General Items" and "Details View"

Icon size is remembered on a per folder basis (Folder Template Discovery is off). Not sure what happens if you've got Folder Template Discovery switched on.

Note: CtrlMouseWheelZoom.exe will run until you kill the process via task manager or other method.


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XP Pro
Suddenly I am unable to view folder properties if I right click on a folder and choose properties the item just closes - any ideas?

Now have found that if I stop the inetinfo process I can view properties - some kind of prob opening the security tab??

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Hi, I know how to set every single folder in xp to one view, but what I want is for just folders with images to do so....is that possible? If not, what is the best compromise?

It gets tiring having to constantly change to folder view on every folder of images I open up...


A:How do i set a folder to always display thumbnail view

Go into Folder Options>View tab and checkmark "Remember each folder's view settings", click Apply/OK. Then go into the folder click View and checkmark Thumbnails.


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I have a folder with about 20 images and 20 folders (with avi's, images, and txt files inside).

When I initially check the disk size (while the folder is being viewed in Icons View), the disk size reads 28,415,404,695 bytes.

When I change it to Thumbnail View, the disk size increases to 28,415,444,631 bytes.

I know it's only a 39,936 byte difference but I'm just wondering where this is coming from? When I change it back to Icons View, it still reads 28,415,444,631 bytes. How do you get it back to the original 28,415,404,695 bytes?


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All Word documents in a particular folder are not visible when I either search for them or browse the folder in question.

The folder in question is set to view all files and folders any Word documents have the same settings that allow them to be visible in other folders.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

I am running Office 2003 Pro on Win XPsp2


A:Solved: Word document icons not appearing in folder view.

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In a folder in Detail View, can I have Win2K display file sizes in MB instead of KB in the column? It displays them as MB in the status bar when you select a file but I'd rather have the MB value displayed in the Size Column.

If so, how do I do it?


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Help !

Am running Win XP Prof, Service Pack 3 on a Dell Diminsion 3000....ISP: AT&T....Zone Alarm Free Firewall. 1 gig Ram.

After having Win XP reinstalled, I found that after a few minutes use....the task bar changed to "classic style". After a few tries at eliminating this glitch....I went to Google and came up with a solution which I thought would work.

I downloaded 2 files from http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm.

restorethemes.reg size:455 kb
classicdisable.reg size: 729 bytes

"restorethemes" should have restored Win XP themes to default.....however it DID NOT, and I found my computer locked in FULL classic view....which I don't like.

"classicdisable" should have disabled the "classic trainwreck"....it DID NOT...CRAP !

From that point, I could only think to delete both files from the registry....but truth be told, I am alas....Computer Stupid....."Computers for Dummies" baffels me ! I have no idea how to access the registry where the 2 files might be found, much less the process for deletion. I'm lost.....
Could someone please help ?


A:Solved: Stuck in Classic view / Cannot restore Win XP view

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I've done a couple of searches for terms I thought might be relevant to my question but didn't turn up anything that looked helpful. I need Folder List view but badly want to use seven-forums' awesome auto-arrange solution, which won't work with the gutted win7 list view. I've been giving Small Icons a try as the closest thing to list view, but there's one problem with Small Icons that I find to be a deal-breaker: when Small icons has a big enough window to display columns, it doesn't list the items in order all the way down a full column and begin again at the top of the next column, like List view. Instead, Small icons sorts items _across_, in rows, and begins again at the next row.

Unfortunately, although I've given it a good try, I find that it's far more intuitive for my eye to move down a column when dealing with discontinuous units of information (such as file names) than it is to move across rows, so I absolutely must find a way to change this or it's back to List view and (ugh) auto-arrange.

I know the Windows GUI doesn't provide a way to do this, but is it possible with a registry hack? One of my web searches revealed ListView (GUI), which might enable me to use list view in such a way as to prevent auto-arranging, but my scripting ability is way too limited for me to jump into something like that without a couple of vacations' worth of spare time to do lots and lots of learning-curve work.

Thanks much for either good or bad news re the Small-icons issue--... Read more

A:Force Small Icons folder view to sort downward in columns?

Curious, what is it that List view doesn't give you?

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just as it says, i booted up my computer after installing a slot fan and taking out one of my video cards and after i log in the background is blue, cant change it, lost all the stuff in the start menu to the left, cant switch back to classic view for the control panel, and at the top of top of the window, the icons for minimize, expand, and close have gotten smaller. its almost like i'm in safe mode, but i'm not. does anyone know how to switch it back to normal?
o and i cannot reinstall my video card drivers.

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Hi everyone.
I am having problems iwth my windows vista (I can't get into system information to get the version).  First of all it's stuck on classic view and won't change back.  This happened after my first malewarebytes scan, the second time it did a disk check (do to inconsistancies) upon restart.  I have systemfix and systemcare antivirus on my computer (it shows up in the start menu) but no serach will find it, so obvously something bigger is learking aroun.d . 
What I have done is a malewarebytes search, used the tdsskiller, rdkill and reused both sreach programs.  I'm out of idea's now.  Anybody have any other things I should try. 

A:Windows set on classic view, system acts strange after malewarebytes search

Version    6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002

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I have the windows classic theme turned on; and I?ve noticed a peculiarity of it.

Items become invisible while being dragged, and then reappear when ?dropped?.

Is there a way to make it so items are visible when drug, when using windows classic theme?


A:Icons invisible while dragging (with windows classic theme)

Or...could just use Aero...
Aero, GPU powered with visible dragged-icons!

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How do I enable it so that when I drag items on my desktop I see the icons as opposed to it just being invisible. Why would MS remove this from Win 7 ?

A:Icons invisible while dragging (with windows classic theme)

I believe this is normal behavior when using the classic theme. It is by design, who knows why. You can confirm this setting:

Right click on Computer> Select properties> On the left side click on Advanced system settings>
Performance box> Settings> Visual Effects tab, make sure Show window contents while dragging is checked

A Guy

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I have Windows live messenger and Skype and Microsoft Office, so far they're the only ones I noticed that are doing this. But when I open them, the icon in the taskbar shows a basic windows classic icon, it does not show the proper icon for these programs. I pin the program to the taskbar, and then unpin it, and it shows up correctly for a while, but then goes back to classic windows icon. How can I try and fix this? Screenshot belowI have tried: http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/how-to-rebuild-the-icon-cache-in-windows-vista/All It did was change my startorb back to a windows logo, and change the windows live messenger icon back to a different windows icon. Screenshot below:Before clearing cache:After:As you can see it changed my startorb back, and changed the icon for Windows Live Messenger. I have no idea what's causing this, but so far it seems to only be those programs. They appear fine in my dock, and on my desktop. But they do not work on my taskbar, or in my startmenu.

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Is their a way I can tell windows to automatically display my folder icons as the folder image so I don't have to manually set them all up by right clicking each album folder > Properties > Change Icon... etc. I converted 1000's of jpeg images to ico extension so I'm able to display my folders in thumbnail view without the skewed W7 folder look (Full flat thumbnails like XP)

I like how Microsoft have simplified the process of organizing folders.. before I use to spend days manually organizing but now I set one folder up then use the 'Apply to Folders' to apply to all folders of that type so can I change it so the folders use the ico extension and displays it automatically in thumbnail view ?


A:Tell explorer to automactly display icons as the folder picture

I believe this is done in Explorer window's Organize>Folder Options.

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Can anyone help? I ran Clean Up and it changed my windows xp home display to Windows Classic style. I want to change it back to Windows XP Style howver there isnt that option in the drop down box now. Only one option which is Windows Classic Style.

A:Display Appearance only have windows classic style

Hi and welcome

* Click here to download Luna.zip.

Download it and unzip it to extract the luna.msstyles file it contains.
Copy the luna.msstyles file to the C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes\Luna folder.

Restart your machine and go to Display Properties and you should be able to
choose the XP theme again.

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Hello! All my mp4 and wmv video icons on my desktop and folders suddenly changed from convenient photo thumbnails to generic mp4 and wmv icons. The photos enable me to identify the vids, especially if there are no captions for them.

How do I get the photo icons back? I considered system restore, but my restore points don't go back far enough.

Using Windows 7. Thanks for your assistance!


A:changing desktop and folder icons to display photo thumbnails

Welcome to the Seven Forums

First check to see if you have Thumbnails enabled Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable


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ok i have avg and everything with my computer is up to date. But just yesterday i tried getting on my laptop and it wouldn't connect to neither my local area connection (through wire) or my wireless connection. We tried rebooting the modem and Router, restarting my computer (several times), and changing the wire. my mother's connection is perfectly fine so i know it has to be my computer. Also my sound device got disabled around the same time. the very first time i started my laptop up around the time all this started happening it wouldn't bring up any of my icons (it just showed my wallpaper) and task manager wouldn't do anything. I had to hold down the power button and restart. When the computer came back up all my icons were there, however, the desktop display was in windows classic mode and there is no way to change it through properties. I tried scanning for the virus through avg and it didn't detect a single harmful virus. I don't know what to do. I can't get on the internet to download anything through my computer and i need the virus destroyed before it messes more things up on my computer. I can't afford another laptop and i have approximately 4 years of videos, picture, and music on there that i may not be able to get back.

A:Virus disabled sound and internet connection, also windows classic display for windows XP desktop. Help!!!

How do you know, your issue is infection related?

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I have been using a personally customized Windows Classic display theme for well over a decade on various Windows operating systems. It's in a file with the title My Preferred Display.Theme. Is there a folder in Windows 7 where I could put this theme file in order to access it from the Win7 display personalization area? I've tried using Personalize>Windows Classic but have not been able to configure the exact look I like.



A:Transfer old Windows Classic display theme to Windows 7 machine?

Hi Joan. Don't know if this will help but it looks promising (he says with fingers crossed.) It involves creating something called a Windows 7 Themepack.

How to Create Your Own Windows 7 Theme

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I'm hearing complaints from a couple of people that their MS Word 2007 tool bars are so different they are disliking the program very much. I have tried to find a way to make those tool bars look more like the ones in Office 2003 or 2000 but no luck.

Is there a fix for this?

A:MS Office 2007 in "classic" view (2003 view)?

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Does anyone know how to turn off the classic view because when i was attack from a virus it change everything to classic except the blue bar at the bottom so please help?(Moderator edit: moved thread to appropriate forum. jgweed)

A:Classic View

Are you using XP? Right-click on the blue taskbar at the bottom and select properties. Select the start menu tab, click on your choice, then Apply, and OK

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Well, I was trying to make my pc run faster by deleting unnessesary files from the run menu entering msconfig. I must have deleted or unselected the wrong files because now my printer doesn't print, i have no sound from my speakers, i can't change my view from classic view back to XP view; there is no option to do so in the control panel. If anybody has a solution please let me know. Thank, Music17

A:xp to classic view

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XP Home - IE6 (Classic View)
I'm looking at MS's site for IE7 which I'll get next week.
Do I have to use tabbed browsing or can I still use my present way of web pages being minimized to the taskbar individually? I can't tell from the description.
I use Classic View, luckily IE7 lets you revert to that. What are the main things they won't let me do anymore, both in aesthetics and in using it the way I'm used to?

A:IE7 in Classic View

You don't have to use tabbed browsing, it is optional. In my case I love tabbed browsing because I don't like a lot of stuff on my taskbar. But if you like using it the old way, you will be allowed to. I do think that once you begin using the tabs, you will like them as well.

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Small but irritating problem. I want my new XP laptop to use classic view with windows and the start bar. I change it using dektop properties but after I reboot this change has not been saved and I'm back to fancy XP look.

any siggetsions?


A:Classic view

If you change it from the start button>properties, does it revert?

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I like the "Classic Windows View" which I have been using ever since Windows '95. I kept it on classic through Me, XP and Vista and now I want to use it for Windows 7.

Does anyone know how I can set that setting? I cannot find it anywhere

A:How do I switch to "Classic Windows View"?

Quote: Originally Posted by BriGuy

I like the "Classic Windows View" which I have been using ever since Windows '95. I kept it on classic through Me, XP and Vista and now I want to use it for Windows 7.

Does anyone know how I can set that setting? I cannot find it anywhere

Go to control panel personalization themes

finally modified themes

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Just done a clean install of windows xp pro with sp1 included and its never doen this before but it starts up using windows classic apperance and there is no other themes to select, i cant choose windows xp theme. I have reinstalled it again after but its still doing the same

A:New install and classic view

Hi, scroll down to 187, in the right colum, restore luna theme,





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I am using a Toshiba Satellite Laptop with an Intel Celeron 1.5 GHz .98GB RAM running XP Home Edition version 2002 service pack 3. I shut my computer down the other day and when it came back up it had switched to classic view and won't switch back. When I restart it, it will come up as the XP view but soon switches back on its own. Also, when it came back up, I had lost the icon in the start tray that shows that I am online. This is the one where when I clicked it, I could see what wireless signals were available and choose to connect to one or another. I can't find the icon which makes it very difficult to get online. I don't have the start up disk and am hoping that I won't have to pay for a new one. I have run McAfee anti-virus and several programs for asware and malware and found no viruses or anything that might have caused this. I don't know much about computers so this is really annoying me. Please help if you can. Thank you.

A:Keeps switching to classic view

Try the fix at Kelly's Korner.Windows XP Style Changes to Windows Classic - #214 on the right.Right click on it and save the .reg file to your desktop. Then, double click on the file icon (on your desktop) to merge it into your registry. You may need to reboot your computer for the changes to take affect.With any fix like this you should create a new restore point and backup the registry first. For backing up the registry I like to use ERUNT.

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I have my control panel in classic view but I changed it a long time ago and I don't know how to change it back... can someone tell me how to change from the classic view to the new view? lol


A:CP in classic view for XP Home sp2

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I am new to Windows 7 and I would like to change the Start Menu & the Control Panel from the default view to Classic. I don't know where to find this option that's why I'm here.

Will someone, please, explain how I can accomplish this?


A:Choosing Classic View

Hello Duchess,

Try this tutorial: Convert to Windows XP Style

Good luck!


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Hi Guys,

Every now and again, say every few weeks, Windows 7 will apply the classic view on its own when the user first logs in in the morning. It doesn't happen again for the rest of the day, even if you cold boot, restart, log on and log off. This is only happening to this user.The machine is joined to a server 2008 domain
Anti virus has completed 2 full scans found nothing
Malware anti-bytes has done 2 full scans found nothing.
Everything on the machine is in good working order.
Microsoft updates are 'up-to-date'.
Nothing appears in event log with an error or warning message.
It's not too much of an issue because nothing stops working, however the user in question is the operations manager and I would like to get it sorted for him. I've searched google but no one else seems to be having the same issue so I thought I'd try you guys.

My next steps are:Uninstall symantec AV for a few weeks to see if the issue reoccurs (install SE in the mean time)
Rebuild the machine with a fresh Windows 7 build. (Tbh I don't want to do this).
Thanks in advance!

A:Applying classic view on its own!

Are you logging in as Domain user from that Server 2008?

it could be your group policy that is making the changes once you log on in the morning but once you change everything to normal view it doesnt change it until you relog back on the next day

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Running WinXP Home edition. I set the view to 'classic' and want to set it back to the WinXP default. Can't figure out how? Help!

A:How to reset view from classic

Working from memory here so this may not be completely accurate but I know it's in the Display Properties (Control Panel). On one of the tabs there's a drop down that contains "Windows XP Style" and "Windows Classic Style".

Sorry I can't tell you exactly where to find this setting but hopefully this will point you in the right direction.

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Hello. This is driving me nutz. I did a reformat recently. I have XP Home. Before I reformated, in view as icons in a folder, I used to see .ico files in the folders as they really were. ie... the actual icon picture. I can see them in thumbnail view, but their real small.

The problem is now is when I open my icon folder and set view as icon, all I see is my .ico files with the icon for my paint progam. Make sense? I hope.

I'm wanting to know how to set it back to see the icons as they really are in the folder itself. Thanks.

A:Icons in "folder view"

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When I right click any folder, I get the earlier classic view(windows 2000) of the right click menu not the normal one of windows7 like.

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This started about a week ago. I installed a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop from a third party site, Proceeded to open it and nothing happened. I figured it was just a faulty download or something of that nature. I guess I was wrong because about Two days later after Rebooting my computer I received an error message. The error stated that the file "sshnas21.dll" was missing. I then ran both Malwarebytes and Bitdefender to no avail. The next day my task bar, start up menu, all of my "windows" switched to classic view. I have gone to the properties of these to switch them back but "standard view" is already selected. Today after running bitdefender my computer froze for a bit then I received an error that said "Logon process has failed To create the security options dialog Failure - Security options". Everything has been very "laggy". I have log files but wanted too start here to get some opinions. I am running Windows Vista Home Premium X64. I hope this is enough info. Thanks in advance for the help.

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Tom across hall from me, has a problem getting his "classic view" to show up when he's in his "Control Panel" screen. All he sees are the programs on one page. No panels on the left side at all. How can I get his control panel to show up in the "Classic View"? He has Win XP (Home) Edition as his OS. Thank you.

A:Control Panel In Classic View

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