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Windows Explorer Sort Order persistently reversed

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I have been working on a problem computer running Win98 1st Edition + IE6 SP1. I can give details of other installed software if it is thought to be an issue.  It's a single user profile system.

I've gone through every conceivable way from within Windows of trying to enforce the normal Windows Explorer sort order of folders at the top and all names arranged alphabetically 0-9 then a-z downwards, but it keeps reversing the sort order to folders at bottom and z-a then 9-0.

This affects all Explorer based dialogs eg. Find, Save As, etc. and returns within the same Windows session almost immediately.  The Start Menu sort order is NOT affected.

I haven't done anything in the Registry simply because I've forgotten which keys and values store the Windows Explorer sort order on a per-user basis and globally (if applicable).  Could someone please refresh my memory of which keys and/or values to delete to get rid of any persistently retained settings.  From recollection there are a lot of binary or Dword values named "ViewView2" or similar.

I don't have the computer in my physical possession right now, but will be looking at it again in the next couple of days.

Thanks
Bill
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By the way, to save anyone from informing me about the 0 to 9 numbering system being a little screwed up in Windows, I am aware of the strange way it sticks the tens after the 1, the 20's after the 2, etc.  That's not the issue here, the sort order is just completely reverersed and apparently stuck that way.
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This website

http://www.mvps.org/serenitymacros/explorer.html

has a script to sort menus that points to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder

but I am unsure this is really what you need/want.

Zee

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And found this:

Open Windows Explorer and then click the C: drive in the left pane.
Next click 'View' from the Toolbar and then click 'Details' in the menu.
Next in the right pane, click the 'Name' tab at the top of the name listings.
This will arrange the list by 'Name'.
Try this several times to be sure the order listing reverses.
When you have the order list set A-Z, hold the 'CTRL' key and click the 'X' in the upper right corner of Explorer to close it.
Now release the 'CTRL' key and reboot your system.
Be very sure to hold the 'CTRL' key down until explorer has closed!

Haven't tested it but several positive replies followed.

Zee
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by:BillDL
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Thanks Zee.

I'll have a look at the sub-keys of:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder
and see if there are ones that relate to Windows Explorer in general.  The Menu's seem to be unaffected, but as we all know the keys in the Win9x registry don't always say what they mean.

It's a great site, that serenitymacros one, and I've used quite a bit of info from it in the past.

I'll try out the trick of holding the Ctrl Key after setting the sort order and closing Explorer.  That's one I wasn't aware of.  I'll let you know the results.

Thanks

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Thanks for that one Zee.  The Ctrl key did the trick when closing Windows Explorer, and it worked without a reboot.

Bill
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Hi Bill.

Glad it was that simple.

Thank you.

Zee
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You're welcome.  If only all fixes were that easy.
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