On a Windows network with Windows Server and Windows 10 clients I want that all users have the same details view in File Explorer with the same columns, column width, sort order, etc. I am looking for a way to copy an existing view from one PC to others so that I don't have to do the same work on each infividual PC.

I found a tool for this here https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/32105-folder-view-settings-back-up-restore-windows.html and this works fine with Windows 8.1. But it does not work for Windows 10.

I did not find anything like that for Windows 10. Any ideas?


You will need to export the registry keys below from the source machine, and then import them onto the target machine

"HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU" 
"HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags"

There is another tool specifically designed for windows 10. It is called Backup_and_Restore_Folder_View_Settings_Tool.bat.

You will find it here: tenforums.com/tutorials/17777-backup-restore-folder-view-settings-windows-10-a.html

  • Thanks, I just tried it on one PC and it does not work on that PC. The folder layout is not copied. I checked the details and I found out that I don't have any registry folders HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam Later today I will try it on other PCs but any info is appreciated. – Edgar Jun 6 '17 at 0:35
  • Was this PC running Windows 10? Did you try the application? – Genesis_GDK Jun 6 '17 at 6:23
  • Yes, I tried the application and it was Windows 10 with the newest updates. I just tried again using "Run as Administrator" to be sure. But still the same result, it does not work (now tried on two independent Windows 10 PCs) Any ideas? – Edgar Jun 7 '17 at 6:49
  • you know that HKCU means HKEY_CURRENT_USER right? Have you also saved some folder configuration for the registry key to be populated? – Genesis_GDK Jun 7 '17 at 13:10
  • My summary on this is that is just does not work. Yes, I know HKCU, I saved the folder configuration, I did this on several Windows 10 PCs, it just does not work. I am a computer professional since the times of Windows 3, it just does not work. – Edgar Jun 10 '17 at 10:14

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