I have had this problem as well as some others around here from what I recall. If you do apply that setting to all folders, and some folders still refuse to display the status bar consistently, then I don't know that there's much you can do about it. Windows seems to have a problem with keeping some folder settings, especially across mutiple partitions. I don't know why this is exactly, but it is an annoying issue. Unfortunately, I don't think it's on top of the priority list over at M$ right now.