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I'm making an automated installer for Windows XP, and I want the default view to be the "details" view on all folders - that is, the effect gotten by setting one folder to the details view, then going to Tools -> Folder Options -> View -> "Apply to All Folders". I also want the status bar to be showing, same as going View -> Show Status Bar.

What registry entries should I modify, and to what, to have this be the case?

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"Settings"=hex:08,00,00,00,04,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,77,7e,13,73,35,cf,11,ae,\ 69,08,00,2b,2e,12,62,04,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,43,00,00,00


However, as you can see the data is in an uncomprehensible format. The bold, fifth hexadecimal value in my example indicates the display style setting. Possible values:

01: Large Icons

02: Small Icons

03: List View

04: Details


Source of Information


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hmm changing the value to 4 + logging off+on doesnt seem to work.. wil have to play around w/ it more – Claudiu Mar 4 '11 at 16:54

You could have found by yourself:

  1. Export the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  2. Change the Explorer option you are interested in
  3. Export the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer again
  4. Use a "diff" tool such as WinMerge to find the differences between the 2 files.
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indeed i could have if i knew where the key was, or about tools like WinMerge, or if my google searches led me to such tools =). – Claudiu Mar 4 '11 at 16:28

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