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How to set the same Details view in windows explorer to a group of users?

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Hi,

I want to apply the same "Details" view in windows explorer (all folders) to a group of users in certain department. I searched the group policy settings for users and computers and i didn't find any.

I believe that this can be done using a script and apply this script to an AD group object. I cannot use OU object since these users are mixed with another users from different departments.

Appreciate your fast response.
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by:johnb6767
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This is something that has been bbeat around a long time. No GPO to manage that. Quick refresher searching shows the key to hold the settings to be here.....

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams

Personally, I would customize one as you want it, and then export this key, then import it on another machine to test...

Without logging off/on again, you can try to refresh the desktop....

RunDll32.exe USER32.DLL,UpdatePerUserSystemParameters ,1 ,True

But theres no purpose even discussing it, until you can verify that it works on a single machine....
 

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Update?
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by:amyassein
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Hello,
Sorry for late reply , i was in a pretty long vacation.

I appreciate if you can provide the above solution in an organized steps as i couldn't totally understand from where should i begin reading your solution.

Also, i think it will work in a single machine like we always used to test, ya know! i care about multiple machines.

Thanks in advance.
A.Y.
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Customize your Explorer View, the say you want , and export this key to a .reg file

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams


Then import it under another profile once logged on, then logoff/lo0gon to see if it changes to how you prefer it is set....
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by:amyassein
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Aha, Got it !! ok will do this and update you tomorrow.

Thanks
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by:amyassein
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Nope, it didn't work , the view still the same in the other profile.
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Ill see if I can capture the reg keys in the AM....
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by:johnb6767
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OK.....

Here is what I did.... Changed a folder to sort Alphabetically, and then set to View>Tiles....

I started my Procmon capture, only capturing "RegSetValue".....

Changed to Details, went to Folder Options, and then selected "Apply to all folders".... Once the writes were done, I did some sorting.....

Heres the output......
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Be nice if I included it, huh?   :-)
All of these Advanced subkeys get written, when you change opitons in the Folder Options applet. Not just the ones that are changed, but the OS reapplies them all. These can be ignored for this purpose.....

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\ClassicViewState
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\DisableThumbnailCache
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\DontPrettyPath
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Filter
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\FolderContentsInfoTip
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\FriendlyTree
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Hidden
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Hidden
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\HideFileExt
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\HideFileExt
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\HideIcons
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\MapNetDrvBtn
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\NoNetCrawling
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\PersistBrowsers
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\SeparateProcess
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\SeparateProcess
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\ShowCompColor
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\ShowCompColor
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\ShowInfoTip
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\ShowInfoTip
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\ShowSuperHidden
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\SuperHidden
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\WebView
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\WebViewBarricade
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState\FullPath
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState\FullPath
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState\FullPathAddress
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState\Settings
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideMyComputerIcons\{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\NoFileFolderConnection
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Defaults\{F3364BA0-65B9-11CE-A9BA-00AA004AE837}
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Settings

UserAssist is also irrelevant for our purposes.....
http://blog.didierstevens.com/programs/userassist/

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist\{5E6AB780-7743-11CF-A12B-00AA004AE837}\Count\HRZR_HVGBBYONE
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist\{5E6AB780-7743-11CF-A12B-00AA004AE837}\Count\HRZR_HVGBBYONE:0k4,7031

Heres where the changes occur. This is going to be for probably more than just the VIEW settings. I would start here, by setting one that you want, export it, import it on another one, and then logoff/log abck on to test....

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU\MRUListEx
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU\MRUListEx
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU\NodeSlots
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU\NodeSlots
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop\Col
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop\ColInfo
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop\ItemPos1680x1050(1)
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop\Mode
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop\ScrollPos1680x1050(1).x
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop\ScrollPos1680x1050(1).y
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop\Sort
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop\SortDir
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU\MRUListEx
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU\MRUListEx
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU\MRUListEx
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU\NodeSlots
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU\NodeSlots
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU\NodeSlots
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags\16\Shell\Col
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags\16\Shell\ColInfo
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags\16\Shell\FolderType
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags\16\Shell\Mode
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags\16\Shell\ScrollPos1680x1050(1).x
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags\16\Shell\ScrollPos1680x1050(1).y
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags\16\Shell\Sort
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags\16\Shell\SortDir
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30497
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30498
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30499
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30500
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30501
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30502
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30503
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30504
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30505
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30506
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30507
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30508
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30509
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30510
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30511
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30512
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30513
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30514
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30517
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\@shell32.dll,-30518

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by:amyassein
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Ok .. so where is your solution? ... How can i benefit from this output?

Sorry i didn't completely follow you.
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by:johnb6767
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Was suggesting to export from a configured system......

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU\NodeSlots
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags\16\

And import to a Non Configured machine, reboot and see what happens.....

Or try the whole Shell/ShellNoRoam subkeys even.....
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program.  See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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