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About a week ago I started to have an issue, every folder on any drive is in detail view, if I change to any other view like icons, then I press back and the folder again it just reverts back to detail view.

Things I tried:

I googled the problem and saw a possible fix in the registry with the Bags and BagMRU keys, I tried the fix both manually and with the script provided, they didn't work.

Then I tried Organize > Folder and search options, where if I change the view to icons and press "Apply to all folders" it does make all folders in icons view, but same as before, if I change a folder to another view it will revert back to icons. If I press the "reset" it just goes back to the detail view behavior.

Does anyone have any idea what could I try next to solve this issue?

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I would recommend first resetting all stored settings related to the Explorer folder views, as outline in this related question:… – Oliver Salzburg Jul 29 '12 at 13:29
As stated in the question, already tried to reset those registry settings with no luck. – Debrian Jul 29 '12 at 17:11
I followed the link step by step, still no result, but i did observe a new thing, i booted in safe mode, and in safe mode everything works like it should. Question is now, are some parts of registery not loaded or ignored when booting in safe mode ? Or there might be an application that forces the detail view, although i didn't install new software and most software i have it's pretty mainstream stuff. – Debrian Jul 31 '12 at 17:41
Good catch! You might also be able to create a new user account and see if it suffers the same problem. Maybe the problem is tied only to your user account. This could narrow down the problem further. – Oliver Salzburg Jul 31 '12 at 17:44
I really have no clue what it could be specifically. But it seems like it's tied to your user account only. So possibly, it's a running application that actively changes it. – Oliver Salzburg Aug 18 '12 at 13:13
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Ok to sum up and close the question.

With the help of Oliver Salzburg i came up to the following solution: I created a new user and logged off the main user profile i used, then i used the Windows Easy Transfer to make a backup of the main user, deleted the main user afterwards and restored it with the backup i made. Now the problem is solved and everything seems to work fine.

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