When I view my user folder C:\Users\myname, I get icons with no filenames similar to what is shown here
I use my user folder often for files that are not organized yet and I also have custom folders that are not Documents or Videos or Music or Pictures. I often set to hidden the folders I don't use like Contacts and Searches and Games.
When I go to my user folder from the start menu, I right click the background and click "Customize This Folder" I get a dialog error with the title "Desktop" (weird) and the text "The properties for this item are not available".
Now navigating directly to C:\Users\myname instead of using the start menu looks just fine. It only looks bad when clicking from the Start Menu
Does anybody know where the data is stored so I can clear it back to default or something? Or does someone know another way to get the file names back?
Edit: I am starting a bounty because I would really like to get my file names back. If anybody knows how to reset that data without using System Restore I would gladly assign the reward to them.
Edit: If I could temporarily use the Pictures and Videos template on my user folder (without using "Customize This Folder" then I think I can fix the problem.
Edit: I would expect the answer to be in the registry... somewhere
Many thanks to harrymc for the solution (one of the last comments in his answer). There is an .exe file and .reg file available to reset the Windows Explorer folder template information and also to prevent Windows from auto-selecting a default template with a silly notion that a single image file makes a pictures folder (and stuff like that): http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/choosetemplate