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Is there any way to backup the changes we've made to folders view settings?

every time i re-install windows (windows7 x64) i need to reapply my preferred view settings to all folders(Books, Movies, Photos etc...)

the mentioned preferred setting is different for folders, so i cant use folder templates here i just need to backup settings some how, or make windows to store view settings in desktop.ini or something...

Thank you


In case someone needed one-click backup for this settings

regedit /E "C:\BackupFoldersViewSettings.reg" "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell"

Save this as a .bat file and you're good to go.

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Windows saves the folder view settings in registry.

They are located at:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags

To access them, you need to use regedit by pressing start > run > type regedit and enter. In there you have the option to export a registry folder which can later be imported (backup/restore).

I would also make a backup of HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ just to be safe.

Update: For Win7-x64 the registry locations are:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagsMRU

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