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How do I create new categories in a public folder so that all users of the folder can piick from the same set of categories?

Habitually, I keep six or seven folders on my desktop and, when using XP, they would always remember their individual proportions and what part of the screen they were to open up on - that way I could always have several columns of folders side-by-side, with no overlaps, always with the same content in the same place, so I knew exactly where everything was. I used Vista briefly and it worked just fine.

I've tried to do the same with Windows7, but they just don't remember their places. If I have, say, FolderA on the left of my screen, FolderB in the centre, and FolderC on the right, and then close them all, whichever folder was closed last is the only one whose place is remembered - say I closed FolderB last; regardless of whether I open A, B, or C next, the folder opens in the centre of my screen, so if I open more than one folder, they're all on top of each other. This is incredibly annoying, as it means I have to move (and usually resize) every folder every time I open it. Imagine having to do that seven times every time you turn on your computer.

There's probably a technical name for what I'm trying to do, but I don't know it. I've torn the folder options settings apart, but they seem to have nothing, and all the help menus are, to be frank, only telling me all that I already know and nothing that I need.

So can anyone help me? It's only the folders on the desktop; once any one of them is open, everything inside seems to work fine.

(Edit: Also, I cannot seem to set the appearance of the folders to windows classic, which I'm simply more comfortable with. The personalisation section of the control panel is equally simplistic. Has this option been removed?)

I am using Windows 7 Home Premium Edition in a Toshiba netbook.

I created a folder on my desktop with a file in it. In Windows Explorer, I tried to move that folder into another folder that is in the Program Files folder. When I tried to do that, I received a message box, "You need to provide administrator permission to move this folder." I hit the "Continue" button and another message box appeared titled, "Destination folder access denied." In that box was the following: "You need permission to perform this action." I have had many such similar instances in the past in which I could not do certain activities without administrator permission.

I am the only person who uses this computer. When I boot the computer, only my name appears on the "Welcome Screen" and I enter my password to finish the boot and get to my desktop.

When I go to the "User Accounts" in the "Control Panel," I am the only user listed under "User Accounts." As the only user, I am also listed there as the administrator as my account type.

I also tried the following: I went to Account Settings and moved the slider there from the default level 2 to the disable user account control level to see if that would "cure" the problem. I then rebooted but had the same problem of not being able to move the folder.So, I reset the user account control to the default level 2.

How do I gain more control of such activities as being able to move folders where I want to move them and prevent similar message boxes (such as need administrator permission) from appearing that prevent me from doing other tasks?

I am on a domain. I'll call it system1. It has a print server called sys1-prn. On the domain there are probably around 50 to 60 printers. All HP laserjet 4100 series. They are compatible, and I can connect to all of them except for 1. For some reason I could print to it about a week ago, and then something happened to where every time I try to print to it. It asks me to install drivers. I only have the option to install the drivers from the server or cancel. If I choose to install then it downloads the drivers, and throws me a 0x000003e3 error. Can not connect. In normal cases I would use the local printer work around, but the kicker is that I am using some company written software that has 3 different printers embedded. There is no option to change printers. Just a check mark to choose which one to print to. This is done through a queue. When I press the print button to print to 2 of the printers it has already downloaded the drivers and prints with no problem. When I choose this one printer. It does what I explained above.

I am going to go with driver error, because I can print to this printer with all the XP computers, and I could even print to it using Win7 a week ago. The main question is; how do I get the network domain printer to use my local drivers for the printers without having admin access to the printer itself? Where does windows 7 store these drivers it downloads. Can I put the locally downloaded drivers in that folder to make the system see those instead of even saying that it needs to download drivers?

Remember the local printer work around does not work. The company software gives me an error that it cannot find the printer no matter what I name it, because it checks the domain printer against the software, not what you have locally installed. However, if I can get this printer to simply add to my devices, I am sure I can get it to work.

Thanks for all your help
Solution: Thanks to no one that likes a challenge other than me, I solved the issue. I post this to help any others searching for the same type of issue. This should solve more than just my specific issue as long as it is a ACTIVE DIRECTORY printer issue. Without using the local printer work around.

- Windows 7 continued to search for a driver automatically for every connection, with no option to choose another local driver. So, if you are having the same type of error, and you know for a fact that you have the correct driver on your computer; then install the driver locally.

- Go into the registry. You will go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERPrintersConnections. Under there you should see any printers that you have installed.

- Create a new key under connections

- Hopefully you are lucky like me, and were able to connect to any other printers then you can use the entries in those as a guide.

- if not then you will need to know your print server and printer name on the server.

Entries for my system

(String)GuidPrinter REG_SZ {A1FFE77D-4499-4A58-9C67-A036E28ECC12} "see bottom for details on this entry"***
(DWORD 32BIT)LocalConnection REG_DWORD 0x00000001 (1)
(String)Provider REG_SZ win32spl.dll
(String)Server REG_SZ

Quick question to find out what "Date" represents in Windows 7 Explorer.
Its clearly NOT "Date Modified" "Date Created" or "Date Accessed"
Just would like to know what it is. For me, Date Modified makes most sense for use in Explorer and I'll
probably use that instead.

Second part of the question is: "How do I do the equivalent of the Windows XP Explorer
Tools/Folder Options/View/Apply to all folders?

as I want to always see the same set of file paramaters in the Detail half of the screen.
Thanks in advance,

I had a running network with XP being my main computer. After upgrading to Win 7 my shares are not accessible.
There is one thing that I do on my home network I don't use any passwords for my user accounts. So if my main computer running vista has the main user/administrator called John, then I don't use any passowrd for that account.
I have the same settings on all my other computers on the network. It worked on XP, as I could go to policy settings and set the rule "Allow only local login without a passowrd" to disabled and then I could log in across the network without any passwords to type in.
Now I have created a couple of shares on Win 7 machine (set up sharing, permissions (full control), security, etc. I've added John (mainJohn) to the list giving him full control, etc. Yet, weh I try to access the Main computer I cannot do that. It shows in my network on Vista, I can click on main and can see the shared folders on Win7, but when I try to click on them I get the message that access was denied (actually the error # in advanced settings is 0x80070005)
So my question is, can I have an administrator or user accout without a passowrd on win 7 machine and then connect to this computer's shared folders from xp and vista computers? If so what I'm doing wrong.
I can print fine from vista and xp computers to the printers that are connected to Main and are shared (file and printer sharing is enabled)
Any help would be appreciated

Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony

Windows 7

and Ubuntu, despite their opposing missions, can get along like best pals on a single computer. Here's how to set up a dual boot system that lets you enjoy the best of both worlds in perfect harmony.

By default, Windows 7 takes over your boot-up process and wants to be your only OS, and Linux treats Windows like a weekend hobby you keep in a shed somewhere on your hard drive. But I've been dual-booting Ubuntu and some version of Windows 7 for nearly a year, and I've learned a lot about inconveniences, annoyances, and file-sharing necessities, and now I'll walk you through how to set up your systems to achieve a peaceful union of your dual-boot OSes. (Both with Windows 7 already installed, and with a clean system ready for a new dual-OS existence.)
Follow through this guide, and I'll explain how to rebuild a system from the ground up with Windows 7 and Ubuntu, with either a backed-up and cleaned-out hard drive (recommended) or Windows 7 already installed. When we're done, you can work and play in either operating system, quickly and conveniently access your documents, music, pictures, and other files without worry or inconvenience, and boot into either system without having to worry about whether Windows is going to get mad at you. Plus, when Ubuntu 10.04 or Windows 8 come along, you'll find it much easier to install either one without having to start over entirely from scratch.

What you'll need

Windows 7 installation disc: For clean installations, either a full installation copy or an upgrade disc is needed. If you own an upgrade disc but want to start from scratch, there's a way to do a clean install with an upgrade disc, though that's a rather gray-area route. Then again, there's probably not a person on this earth that doesn't have a licensed copy of XP or Vista somewhere in their past.Ubuntu 9.10 installation image: You can grab an ISO at, or hit "Alternative download options" to reveal a (usually very fast) BitTorrent link. You'll want to get the ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386.iso download for 32-bit systems, or ubuntu-9.10-desktop-amd64.iso.torrent for 64-bit on AMD or Intel systems (despite the name).Blank CD or empty USB drive: You'll need one of these for burning the Ubuntu ISO, or loading it for USB boot. If you're going the thumb drive route, grab UNetBootin for Windows or Linux, plug in your USB drive, and load it with the downloaded ISO image.All your data backed up: Even if you're pulling this off with Windows 7 already installed and your media and documents present, you'll want to have a fallback in case things go awry. Which they shouldn't, but, naturally, you never know.Free time: I'd reckon it takes about 2 hours to pull off two OS installs on a clean system; more if you've got a lot of data to move around.

Setting up your hard drive

If you've got nothing installed on your system, or you've got your data backed up and you're ready to start from scratch, you're in a great position--skip down to the "Partition your system" section. If you've got Windows already installed, you can still make a spot for Ubuntu, though.

(Only) If Windows is already installed: You're going to "shrink" the partition that Windows 7 installed itself on. Before we do that, clean out any really unnecessary applications and data from your system (we like Revo Uninstaller for doing this). Also, open up "Computer" and take note of how much space remains on your main hard drive, presumably labeled "C:". Head to the Start menu, type "disk management" into the search box, and hit Enter.

Windows 7 probably put two partitions on your hard drive: one, about 100 MB in size, holding system restoration data. We don't want to touch it. Right-click on the bigger partition to the right, and choose Shrink Partition.

After a little bit of hard drive activity and a "Please wait" window, you'll get back the size you can shrink your Windows partition by.

If the space Windows offers doesn't jibe with what your Computer view told you was "remaining," you might need to hit Cancel, then head back and defragment your hard drive, and take some of the steps laid out by the How-To Geek. Run the Disk Management tool again and try a Shrink Volume operation again, and free up as much space as you can.

Partition your system: You're aiming to set up a system with three partitions, or sections, to its hard drive: One lean partition for the Windows operating system and applications running from it, another just-big-enough partition for Ubuntu and its own applications, and then a much larger data partition that houses all the data you'll want access to from either one. Documents, music, pictures, application profiles—it all goes in another section I'll call "Storage" for this tutorial.

How do you get there? We're going to use GParted, the Linux-based uber-tool for all things hard drive. You could grab the Live CD if you felt like it, but since you've already downloaded an Ubuntu installer, you can simply boot a "live," no-risk session of Ubuntu from your CD or USB stick and run GParted from there. Once you're inside Ubuntu, head to the System menu in the upper left when you get to a desktop, then choose the Administration menu and GParted under it.

You'll see your system's hard drive and its partitions laid out. You're going to create partitions for Linux and your storage space, but not Windows—we'll let the Windows installation carve out its own recovery partition and operating space. On my own system, I give Windows 15 GB of unallocated space, and Ubuntu another 15 GB of space right after it, with whatever's left kept as storage space. Then again, I've only got a 100 GB hard drive and don't run huge games or applications, so you can probably give your two operating systems a bit more space to grow.
Click on the unallocated space and hit the "New" button at the far left. In the "Free space preceding" section, click and hold the up button, or enter a number of megabytes, to leave space for Windows at the front. When you've got the "space preceding" set, set the actual size of the Ubuntu partition in the "New Size" section, and leave "Free space following" alone. Choose "unformatted" under file system—we'll let Ubuntu do the format itself and hit "Add." Back at the main GParted window, click on the space to the right of your two OS spaces, hit "New" again, and set the file system as "ntfs." Give it a label like "Storage," hit "Add," and at the main GParted window, hit the checkmark button to apply your changes. Once it's done, exit out of GParted and shut down the system from the pull-down menu in the upper-right corner.

If Windows is already installed: If you've shrunk down its partition for free space and booted into a live Ubuntu or GParted, click on the "Unallocated" piece next to the two "ntfs" partitions that represent your Windows 7 installation and system recovery tools. Create a 15(-ish) GB unformatted partition, and give it a label like Ubuntu. If you've got a good deal of space left, format it as "ntfs" and label it something like "Storage." If you can just barely fit the Ubuntu partition, you can just keep your media files in the Windows partition—until you can remedy this with a full wipe-and-install down the line.

Experienced Linux geeks might be wondering where the swap space is going—but don't worry, we'll create one, just not in its own partition.

Installing and configuring Windows

Grab your Windows 7 installation disc—either a full copy or modified upgrade disc, and insert it into your DVD drive. If your system isn't set up to boot from CD or DVD drive, look for the button to press at start-up for "Boot options" or something similar, or hit up your system maker's help guides to learn how to change your boot order in the BIOS settings.
Follow through the Windows 7 installation, being sure to choose "Custom" for the installation method and to point it at that unallocated space we created at the beginning of your hard disk, not the NTFS-formatted media/storage space we made earlier:

Work your way through the Windows 7 installation, all the way until you reach the Windows desktop. Feel free to set up whatever programs or apps you want, but what we really want to do is set up your Storage partition to house your pictures, music, video, and other files, and make your Libraries point to them.
Hit the Start menu, click Computer, and double-click on the hard drive named "Storage" (assuming you named it that earlier). In there, right-click and create new folders (or hit Ctrl+Shift+N) for the files you'll be using with both systems. I usually create folders labeled Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos—I could also see folders for saved games and data files from big software packages. Copy your media files into these folders now, if you'd like, but we've got a bit more tweaking to pull off.
In the left-hand sidebar, you'll see your "Libraries" for documents, music, pictures, and video. At the moment, they point to your Public shared folders and the My Pictures-type folders on your main Windows drive. Click once on any of the Libraries, and at the top of the main panel, you'll see text stating that this library "Includes: 2 locations ...". Click the blue text on "2 locations," then click on each of the folders below and hit "Remove" on the right-hand side. Now hit "Add" and select the corresponding folder on your Storage drive. Do the same for all your music, pictures, videos, and other media folders.

Want to add another library for quick access? Right-click somewhere on the desktop, choose New->Library, and follow the steps.
That's about it for Windows. Now get your Ubuntu CD or USB stick ready and insert it in your system. Ignore whatever auto-play prompts appear, and restart your system.

Installing and configuring Ubuntu

Restart your computer, this time booting from your Ubuntu Live CD or USB boot drive. When your system boots up, choose your language, select "Try Ubuntu without any changes to your computer," and you'll boot into a "live" desktop, run entirely off the CD or USB stick. Once you're booted up, try connecting to the internet from the network icon in the upper-right—it helps during the installation process, ensures your network is working, and gives you something to do (Firefox) while the system installs.
Click the "Install" link on the desktop, and fill out the necessary language/location/keyboard info (most U.S. users can skip through the first 3 screens). When you hit the "Prepare disk space" section, select the "Specify partitions manually" option, then hit Forward. Select the free space that's after your first two Windows partitions with ntfs formats, then hit the "Add" button at bottom. Your partition should already be sized correctly, and the only thing to change is set "/" as a mount point. Here's what your screen should look like:

Click OK, then finish through with the Ubuntu installation. If it catches your Windows 7 installation, it might ask if you want to import settings from inside it—you can, if you'd like, but I usually skip this. Wait for the installation to finish, remove the CD or thumb drive, and reboot your system.

When you start up again, you'll see a list of OS options. The only ones you need concern yourself with are Windows 7 and the top-most Ubuntu line. You can prettify and fix up this screen, change its settings, and modify its order later on. For now, let's head into Ubuntu.

We're going to make the same kind of folder access change we did in Windows. Click up on the "Places" menu, choose "Home Folder," and check out the left-hand sidebar. It's full of links to Documents, Pictures, and the like, but they all point to locations inside your home folder, on the Linux drive that Windows can't read. Click once on any of those folders, then right-click and hit Remove.

You should see your "Storage" partition in the left-hand sidebar, but without that name—more like "100GB filesystem." Double-click it, type in the administrator password you gave when installing, and you'll see your Documents, Music, etc. Click and drag those folders into the space where the other folders were, and now you'll have access to them from the "Places" menu, as well as any file explorer window you have open.
Ubuntu won't "mount," or make available, your Windows 7 and Storage drives on boot-up, however, and we at least want constant access to the Storage drive. To fix that, head to Software Sources in the System->Administration menu. From there go to Applications, then the Ubuntu Software Center at the bottom. Under the "Ubuntu Software" and "Updates" sections, add a check to the un-checked sources, like Restricted, Multiverse, Proposed, and Backports. Hit "Close," and agree to Reload your software sources.

Finally! Head to the Applications menu and pick the Ubuntu Software Center. In there, search for "ntfs-config," and double-click on the NTFS Configuration Tool that's the first result. Install it, then close the Software Center. If you've got the "Storage" or Windows 7 partitions mounted, head to any location in Places and then click the eject icon next to those drives in the left-hand sidebar. Now head to the System->Administration menu and pick the NTFS Configuration Tool.

You'll see a few partitions listed, likely as /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2, and the like. If you only want your storage drive, it should be listed as /dev/sda3 or something similar--just not the first or second options. Check the box for "Add," click in the "Mount point" column to give it a name (Storage, perhaps?), and hit "Apply." Check both boxes on the next window to allow read/write access, and hit OK, and you're done. Now the drive with all your stuff is accessible to Windows and Linux at all times.

Adding swap to Ubuntu

"Swap" memory is a section of the hard drive that your system's memory spills over into when it gets full and busy. Until recently, I'd been creating a whole separate partition for it. Recently, though, I've found that swap isn't always necessary on systems with a large amount of memory, and that swap can simply be a file tucked away on your hard drive somewhere.

Follow the Ubuntu help wiki's instructions for adding more swap, but consider changing the location they suggest putting the swap file—/mnt/swap/ for the place your Storage is held—/media/Storage, in my case.

Share Firefox profiles and more

That's about it for this guide to setting up a harmonious Windows and Ubuntu existence, but I recommend you also check out our previous guide to using a single data store when dual-booting. It explains the nitty-gritty of sharing Firefox, Thunderbird, and Pidgin profiles between Linux and Windows for a consistent experience, as well as a few other dual-boot tricks.

You might also want to consider creating virtual machines with VirtualBox for those moments when you're in one OS and need to get at the other. Ubuntu is free to create as many instances as you want, of course, and Windows 7 (Professional and Ultimate) are very friendly with non-activated copies—not that either can't be otherwise activated in cases where it's just a double-use issue.

"David Candy" wrote:

Set up how you want it then reboot then turn off Remember each
folders view settings. The existing settings are used and
contimnue to be used but for the first folder opened. Or read
the last section of this post and think of the order you do
the Apply To All in.

EG If My Comp is Icons and Control Panel is thumbnails and
you open a window on My Comp all folders viewed with that
window will be icons. If you open a window on Control Panel
then all are thumbnails.

Hi David, I have just caught up with this very interesting post
which you made a couple of weeks ago.

I have been customizing my XP Pro and using lots of registry
tweaks and as a result my folders forget *some* of their
settings. The folder manage to remember the POSITION and SIZE
and SHAPE of their window.

But the folders forget settings to do with displaying the ADDRESS

I can confirm I have marked the check box "Remember Each Folder's
View Settings" under Advanced Settings on the View tab of Folder
Options in Control Panel. But XP behaves exactly in the way you
describe it when that box is *not* checked.

How can I fix this problem?

As a repair, I followed all of the steps you posted. For
convenience I quote your steps below this message.

In addition to your steps, I have done what is in MSKB article
813711, "Your View Settings or Customizations For a Folder are
Lost or Incorrect" . and so I increased the two entries for
'BagMRU Size' to a very large value of 18000.

(I figure have 4,000 folders on the C partition and about the
same on the D partiton and even more on some other partitions all
attached at the same time.)

None of this works. My folders still behave as if I have not
checked the 'Remember Each Folder's View Settings'. Could the
entry in the registry for this very checkbox itself be corrupted?
In other words, this setting is not properly being read as

What should I do to solve this?

Can anyone else here advise me on this problem?

Thanks in advance for any help.


-------- STEPS FOLLOWED (QUOTING DAVID'S TEXT) -------------

The store may be corrupt. Type regedit in Start Run and delete
all these keys.

Delete these keys or values from the registry. This will reset
many things like saved folder settings. Type Regedit in Start -
Run. Right click taskbar and choose Task Manager. Processes
tab and end processs for explorer. (Your Desktop and Start Menu
now disappears).

In Regedit navigate to each of these keys and delete them:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurre ntVersion
Explorer and delete the value Shellstate

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurre ntVersion
ExplorerCabinetState and delete the value Settings

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurre ntVersion

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurre ntVersion
ExplorerStreamsMRU (may not exist)

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShell BagMRU

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShell Bags

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShell NoRoamBagMRU

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShell NoRoamBags

Then in Task Manager, File - Run type explorer. (Start menu and
Desktop come back).

David, in addition I have put 18,000 for 'BAGMRU SIZE' following
the MSKB article

After making al the registry changes I immediately rebooted the

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Understanding Saved Views and Browsing Folders

In Windows 2000 Professional, the view you use is not always
permanently saved in Windows Explorer. You can control whether
the views you use are saved permanently or temporarily by using
the Remember Each Folder's View Settings check box on the View
tab of the Folder Options dialog box (see figure 9.3).

By default the 'Remember Each Folder's View Settings' option is
enabled. When you choose to leave this setting enabled, the
following happens:

a.. The changes you make to a folder's view is automatically
saved when you close the folder.

b.. The view you use to view one folder is not applied to
other folders.

c.. When you open a folder, it opens in the view you used
when you last viewed it.

When you clear the check box for 'Remember Each Folder's View
Settings', the following happens:

a.. When you start Windows Explorer, the first folder you
view displays in the folder's saved view. Windows Explorer holds
that view in temporary memory and applies it to all the folders
that you visit while Windows Explorer remains open unless you
manually alter the view.

b.. As you browse to other folders (after the initial folder
is opened), the saved view for each folder is ignored, and when
you quit Windows Explorer, the folder view that you have been
using to view multiple folders is deleted from temporary memory.

c.. The next time you open Windows Explorer, once again, it
is the saved view of the first folder you open that determines
how you view multiple folders.

Setting All Folders to the Same View

Some users want to have all their Windows Explorer folders set to
the same view. In Windows 2000 Professional, the default
setting is that any change made to a folder's view is
automatically saved when you close the folder and is not applied
to other folders. However, you can set all folders to the same
view by using the Folder Options command as described in the
following procedure.

To set all folders to the same view
1.. In My Computer or Windows Explorer, set the view to your
2.. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
3.. In the Folder Options dialog box, click the View tab.
4.. Under Folder Views, click Like Current Folder.

Important: The 'Remember Each Folder's View Settings' check box
on the View tab of the Folder Options dialog box (see Figure 9.3)
affects how the view settings of individual folders are applied
and saved. For more information about the impact of clearing
this check box, see "Understanding Saved Views and Browsing
Folders" earlier in this chapter.


And check:

HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPol iciesExplorer
Data type Range Default value
REG_DWORD 0 | 1 0

Prevents users from saving certain changes to the
desktop. Users can change the desktop, but some changes,
such as the positions of open windows and the size and
position of the taskbar, are not saved when users log
off. Shortcuts placed on the desktop are always saved.

This entry stores the setting of the 'Don't save settings
at exit' Group Policy. Group Policy adds this entry to the
registry with a value of 1 when you enable the policy. If
you disable the policy or set it to Not configured, Group
Policy deletes the entry from the registry and the system
behaves as though the value is 0.

Value Meaning:
0 = (or not in registry) The policy is disabled or
not configured. Changes to the desktop are saved.
1 = The policy is enabled. Some changes to the desktop
are not saved.


You have to do 'Apply To All' while in a file folder.

For each type of object (File Folder, Control Panel, My Computer,
etc) that you do an Apply to All in it's clsid and the settings
are created/updated at

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurre ntVersion

as well as a higher set of defaults at

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurre ntVersion

Plus if you hold down control and click close it also updates

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurre ntVersion

This is mainly setting irrelevent things except it holds the
global sort, which all the others override. But File Open dialog
boxes only use this setting, so it basically only affects sorting
in File Open dialogs. But it seems that sometimes an earlier
windows versions setting get written here and other settings then
aren't saved.

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One of our departments wants to know if it is possible to have two copies of Word 2003 on the same computer. The first one would be a stripped down version with only the functionality they want to use with an in-house application. It will need to have special formatting of the and pull data in a certain way. The second one would be the full version of Word.

I have read the posts indicating that multiple versions of Office (97 and 2000 for example) can be installed in separate folders. I just need to know if it is possible to have two copies of the same version on the same machine. I'll worry about how to set up the stripped down version later!

This would be Office 2003 in a mixed Windows 2000/XP environment. Thanks for your help!


In all of the Office apps, well at least Excel and Word, one can specify the "Working Folder" for the application. Its the folder that this application will save and open files to by defualt.

Is there the same setting for OutLook? Also the addressbook, and any user stuff, I would like to have them in the My DocumentsOutlook... so that they get backed up from the same place.



Hi. I hope I'm in the right forum for this...
I am responsible for a set of folders on a network share. This set of folders resides in a single "parent" folder on a share, i.e. in a folder called "Databases" on "servernamedepartmentshare". Within this "Databases" folder are over 100 folders, each dedicated to a different product (e.g. "Product1", "Product2", etc.), and each one containing a database and another folder called "RMAccess". In summary, I have over a hundred RMAccess folders, each in a separate product folder, each with path-/UNC-names like "servernamedepartmentshareDatabasesProduct1RMAccess", "servernamedepartmentshareDatabasesProduct2RMAccess", [/i]ad nauseum[/i].

Now, what I'd like to do is to write a script that will set the correct permissions for each "Productn" folder and also for each "RMAccess" folder within each product folder. (These permissions are not the same, but that's not important right now.)

My problem is that I can't find a sample script anywhere that will successfully loop through all of those folders (although I've managed to find one that successfully loops though folders on my hard-drive). I mean, I can't even get a script to run to list them, let alone set permissions. (I can set the permissions manually, so I know I have the right priveleges for it, and I'll most likely be using XCACLS to do it.)

Does anyone have any experience doing this? I'm experienced in VB/VBA, but I'm stumped here. In the length of time it's taken me to stop and ask for directions, I could have done them ALL manually, but now it's the principle of the thing!!

I am upgrading to a new machine later today or tomorrow (hopefully) with XP Pro and Office XP Small Business. I am currently running 98SE with Office 2000. As I was going to export my Outlook files to copy I remembered that, somehow or another, over the years, I have 3 sets of personal folders with sub folders in each. I have no idea how that happened but it did.

I am afraid to just pick one of them to export - when I have been backing up I have just done three exports and hoped for the best. Now that I am going to a new machine, I want to at least start out clean and organized so I would really like to have but one set of personal folders. I was thinking about using the create duplicates option and then going in and carefully editing each item, and that, although a pain, would be possible with the calendar and perhaps the journal (I use the journal function to record all business/financial related phone calls, etc and web payment confirmations).

My real problem lies, though, with the contacts. I use contacts for so much. I have scores of user defined fields in each contact containing all sorts of info. that I rely upon on a daily basis. Of course some of the info I have not used for a while, and since I do not have the kind of memory (in my brain not RAM) that would notice if an entry was missing, I feel overwhelmed with having to open duplicate contacts, go to user defined fields, and then do a side by side comparison of each to see which is in what and then to consolidate them into one contact and delete the now unnecessary one.

I hope from my ramblings someone out there even understands my problem. I am wondering if there is some way that I can do this without having to open them each up. I have learned from experience that if I use the "replace Duplicates with Items exported" option it just replaces the whole contact without checking to see if there are different entries within each one so I would lose some of my important info.

Do you understand. I do not know if I am being clear. I am a bit overwhelmed at this task and I think it is spilling over into this narrative. If anyone understands and can help me to be able to export a single file of personal folders to my new machine without losing material that might be different within the SEEMINGLY same contact entry, PLEASE, help. I am pulling my hair out with this probably simple problem.

Thanks in advance for even reading this far. And even more thanks if you can help in any way.

I am wondering how to best use multi-Email accounts. Should it share the same personal folders or can it have a new set of folders? I am in Workgroup mode. Is the trick to use the rules wizards for all of one account to go the new folders or is there another way?

greetings from the great white north!

once again, i have a problem that i am certain can be solved by the combined brain power found here at the lounge.

here's the problem: i set up a personal folder, with name and password (which i wrote down, so as not to forget.) i then clicked on the +Personal Folders, and got the following message: ! Microsoft Outlook Unable to expand the folder. The set of folders could not be opened. The information store could not be opened.

i then tried to open the +Public Folders, and got the same error message. i would very much like to be able to access the personal folders, as there are things that i want to keep for my eyes only.

i have just started using outlook, as opposed to outlook express, which i have been using for over three years. it took me a while to figure out how to: 1. set the account up, and 2. get it to send and receive e-mails; now this. i have the darned program, so it behooves me to use it!

would all y'all please help me with this? it's very frustrating. i'd like to be able to make full use of this program, especially since i have been reading woody's rants about outlook express for a few years now, and want to stop feeling guilty about using it, especially when i change ISPs, and lose all my saved e-mails in the process.

thanks very much for your help. i look forward to seeing what your collective brain might comes up with. until the next time, take care and God bless all y'all.


My workstation at work runs XP Pro SP2.

We have just bought and deployed a new fileserver, running Small Business Server R2. Our outgoing server ran Windows 2003.

One "annoyance" which has appeared since the new server was rolled out last week, concerns the appearance of lists of folders in dialogue boxes.

My preference when clicking an "Open file" button was always to get a dialogue box listing the folders and files vertically, in detailed format. (ie. to see the whole list I have to scroll down beyond the bottom of the dialogue box). I use the detailed view because I typically list the files and folders in alphabetical order, but occasionally swap to date-modified order, if that is an easier way to find the file I want.

Now the default setting on most of these dialogue boxes is to list the files and folders horizontally, so you have to scroll off the righthand side of the dialogue box to see the whole list.

I have tried running going into Explorer, setting the view to be how I want it to look, then going to Tools, Folder Options, View, Apply to all folders, (which is how I 'rolled out' this setting previously), but this doesn't work, and the dialogue boxes still display the listings horizontally.

Can anyone advise how to fix this, please?

I have a second issue regarding the same dialogue box listing which I have never discovered the answer to. If I click on "Modified" to re-order the list of files in date order, is there a way to get the new listing to appear "most recently modified" first, as opposed to the default which seems to be "most recently modified" last?



When I open Documents and settings I appear to have multiple users. There are folders named Administrator, Administrator Al, All users, Owner, and Steve (my
working name for email is Al, but Steve is my nickname). Some of these may have been added when I had the computer in for service. Also, when I first got it, I guess I stated an separate
administrator , in case someone else might eventually use the system, but I am the only one.
If I open these folder, not all have the same lineup of folders and files, but some things appear in them all. now, does this mean that files of the same name listed in more than one user folder
are duplicated or is it just sort of an index. If I deleted a folder or file in one user that also was listed in another , would all links to that file name be deleted?
I guess I should work towards cutting back to one administrator.
As well as All users and owner, there are also folders named all users.xpro . I can't recall if I ever downloaded something that led to that.

I welcome any advice.

It was just brought to my attention that a user's Out of Office Assistant wasn't forwarding e-mail to his home e-mail address. After checking it out, sure enough it's not working. After puzzling over it for a while I tried setting my own Outlook with the same settings and, what the heck, it's not working for me either.

We are using Outlook 2000 on Windows 98 and Windows 2000 machines. (Said user has a Win98 and I have a W2K machine.) The OOA is setup to move all messages to a folder setup inside their mailbox and also to forward a copy of all messages to an outside internet e-mail address. The moving to the folder part is okay, the sending of the OOA notification message to senders is okay, but the forwarding part isn't doing anything. Nothing ends up on the Sent folder.

Now, a change that concerns me as the probable suspect is the fact that a month ago I setup a second Exchange server with the intent to move mailboxes to that new server and retire the old location. It's been about a month and a half since I setup the new Exchange server. I attempted to duplicate all the permissions and settings. It's been about a month since I moved the Home Server location of the existing mailboxes to that of the new Exchange server. I changed the Home Server setting on only one or two at first and then watched their behavior for a week or so before changing all the others too. As far as I could tell it all worked out okay. The first Exchange server is still in use. Not quite ready to turn it off and fully test the second Exchange server. (Shorthanded this month; waiting until next.)

I just tried changing that user's Home Server back to the first original Exchange server and ran another test. Still doesn't forward to the internet e-mail address. Also tried stopping and restarting the Internet Mail Service.

Could I have missed a setting or something on the second Exchange server that could be doing this? What would I be looking for? Anyone else been there, done that?

All suggestions greatly appreciated.

I am using Outlook 2003 with Exchange. I have Reviewer permissions to a colleagues set of folders they have created, so I can view the contents of their folders. However, using Advanced Find I am unable to search on more than one of their folders at a time. I go into Tools, Find, Advanced Find, click the Browse button, select one folder, then select another and get the message 'The folder you selected does not let you search other folders at the the same time. To search other folders, clear the check box next to this folder.'

Can anybody else confirm they get this message or is it just particular to our set-up? And does anybody know if you can switch off or get round this 'feature'!

Thanks, Laurie

My company just upgraded from win2k to XP Pro and from Outlook 2000 to Outlook 2003. I spend most of my time (it seems) dealing with email, so I got very used to the way Outlook was set up...but with 2003 it's different enough to be an annoyance and a hindrance to efficiency.

I'd rather have the left pane look the way it used to, but I know I can't. But I use all sorts of folders, and want as many in view as possible - is there a way to remove the 'Favorite folders' section of the pane so I can see more Personal folders?
The only other thing that bothers me is the order in which messages are deleted. I get several hundred emails a day and many I can delete offhand. Here's what I mean:
(My messages are sorted with the most recent at the top.) With an email message open, pressing the delete button within the message's toolbar will delete that message and move 'up' to the 'previous' message, in this case meaning the one directly above it. This is what I am used to. And I know where to find the setting for it (under Email options, message handling). But with no message open and maybe 300 new messages in my inbox, I want to quickly delete the ones I know I don't need to read, such as automated file system alerts that are basically false alarms. In Outlook 2000, I sort by subject, highlight the newest one, and hit the delete button on my keyboard. After the highlighted message deletes, the next one scrolls up and is highlighted, and I delete that one...and so on. In Outlook 2003, when I delete the newest message, the highlight bar scrolls up to the message above it - I end up deleting messages I didn't intend to. Yeah, I know it's minor and I know what the 'new practice' is...but 5 years of daily routine is not that easy to suppress. I can't find any control to change the order in which the messages in the Inbox pane are deleted - which leads me to assume it can't be changed - unless it is controlled by the same setting that controls how messages are deleted when they are in an opened state.
If anyone has any ideas on how to eliminate either of these petty nuisances that are driving me batty - PLEASE!!!!!

Thanks -

I have three email addresses - one Hotmail, and two POP3 accounts. I just got the second POP3 account and I don't want it coming into the same Inbox as my other POP3 account that currently comes into my Personal Folders Data File. I tried to create a new Data File, which created the new Inbox, Sent Items etc. - but there is no option to allow me to have the new POP3 account delivered to this set of folders (without moving both accounts). The help menus seem to indicate that only different email account types (i.e., internet accounts, POP3 accounts, exchange server accounts) are entitled to their own sent of folders (i.e., separate data file). Is there no way to have different POP3 accounts coming into separate inboxes without having a separate Outlook profile - I don't want this. Thank you very much for your help.

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