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24-Mar-2010, 09:13 AM #1
Angry Large Icons in Picures folders do not show contents
I have all my photo folders set up in large icon view
So that they look like an open book with the page edges showing, and the folders inside also do too.

However for some reason if I create a new folder anywhere on my computer it does not show the folder as open with contents
Just a closed folder

The only way I can do it is to create a folder on the desktop, add contents and then add the folder to another folder

I have deleted the icon cache but no change.
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26-Mar-2010, 02:21 AM #2
Try this:
Create a new folder, then right click the folder, click Properties
Click the Customize tab
Click the Change Icon... button
Click the Restore Defaults button
Click OK to close all the dialogs.
May have to log off then log on, or reboot for it to take affect.
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26-Mar-2010, 05:58 AM #3
I tried that but no change
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26-Mar-2010, 05:31 PM #4
Just to be sure we are talking about the same icon type.
When you create a new folder you get something like this:
Large Icons in Picures folders do not show contents-folder2.png
Instead of the normal open style icon like this:
Large Icons in Picures folders do not show contents-folder1.png
Are there any symbols on the icon of any kind?

What about folders created in Documents?
Or the root of the C: Drive?

Create a new folder C:\Test
Double click that folder and set the View to Large icons
Inside that folder create a new folder. Does it use the open style icon, or the flat closed style?
Or is it only folders created in the Pictures folder, or one of it's subfolders, that show the closed style icon?
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28-Mar-2010, 08:07 AM #5
The folders sometimes show as open Sometimes not
Older folders are still showing their contents
But every new folder I create seems to not be doing now
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28-Mar-2010, 10:25 PM #6
I'd think if the default got changed, it would affect all folders, new and old, but perhaps the older ones are cached.
Let's check what the Default Icon is set to:
Copy the text in the following code block into Notepad.
Save it on the desktop as Query.cmd. Be sure to change the Save as Type: box to All Files when saving.
Code:
Set _file=%userprofile%\Desktop\Query.txt
 > "%_file%" Echo [CODE]
>> "%_file%" Reg Query "HKCR\Folder\DefaultIcon" /s
>> "%_file%" Reg Query "HKCR\Directory\DefaultIcon" /s
>> "%_file%" Echo [/CODE]
Start Notepad "%_file%"
Exit
Double click the file to run it. It will create a file named Query.txt on the Desktop and open it in Notepad. Copy and paste the text into your next Reply.
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29-Mar-2010, 01:07 PM #7
Hi Done that. This is what it says -

Code:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\DefaultIcon
    (Default)    REG_EXPAND_SZ    %SystemRoot%\System32\shell32.dll,3

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\DefaultIcon
    (Default)    REG_EXPAND_SZ    %SystemRoot%\System32\shell32.dll,3
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29-Mar-2010, 01:59 PM #8
Those are the correct entries. And you said you already deleted the Icon Cache.
I really don't know why it's not working correctly.
Does it affect your account only, or all accounts? Create a new one and see if it occurs there.

Some things to try:
You can try applying the Folder and Directory fixes from here:
File Association fixes for Vista

Re-register the shell32.dll file.
Click Start, type cmd, when cmd.exe appears in the list, right click it and click Run as administrator
Type the following line and press Enter:
regsvr32 /i shell32.dll
You should get a success message, click OK

Run SFC to check for corrupted system files:
Open an Elevated prompt as above, type this line and press Enter:
SFC /SCANNOW
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29-Mar-2010, 02:22 PM #9
Sorry can you explain "when cmd.exe appears in the list" What list?

Also you said - Run SFC to check for corrupted system files:
Open an Elevated prompt as above, type this line and press Enter:
SFC /SCANNOW ??


I am confused by all this lol
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29-Mar-2010, 03:31 PM #10
Click Start and type cmd in the search box (Screenshot 1).
Search will display a list of matches, cmd.exe should be at the top (Screenshot 2)

After right clicking on cmd.exe and clicking Run as administrator, an Elevated Command Prompt will open. The Title bar will start with the word Administrator (Screenshot3). (Text will be white in yours, not Aqua)

A normal Command Prompt does not say Administrator in the Title bar, and usually opens to C:\Users\<username> instead of the C:\Windows\system32 folder

This is where you would type either command
regsvr32 /i shell32.dll
or
SFC /SCANNOW.
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30-Mar-2010, 08:45 AM #11
Hi TheOutcaste
I did all you said.
Re-register the shell32.dll file. said was ok.

SFC /SCANNOW. brought up the box in the attachment.

Some folders are ok and you can see the contents when in open mode
Others are just flat folders
To start with I have to create a folder on the desktop Then fill it and copy to the place I want it
A better chance of seeing it open that way
But even that is not working every time now
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