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Windows XP folder options question



I have partitioned my hard drives to store the OS on C:, Apps on D: and Files on E:. For some reason, my D: drive is set up as a Music Folder? I know you can change the options of a specific folder you create to be documents or music or photos or videos and the folder will give you specfic options for that group. But when I select the D: Drive, it 'thinks' my applications are music because the D: is set up the list the folders as music. I can not for the life of me figure out how to get the D: drive to think the folder the applications are stored in are just Documents. Any help would be great. I hope I explained that well enough.


I dont understand how changing the Drive Letters would help? Each folder has on option in properties to customize the folder for a certain view. My Drive D:, when clicked on from my computer, opens a list of folders with giant music note in the bottom right of the screen and the options for music in the left column. It thinks my D: Drive is for music? Now there is no option in properties of the D: drive for customizing the drive for a certain view


The information is stored in the registry somewhere in


This key contains many subkeys, by default up to 400. These are the saved folder customizations.

One of these subkeys is your D drive. The difficulty now is to find out which one.

I'd suggest get RegShot (tiny utility that doesn't require installation). Start Regshot and open an Explorer window to your D drive. In Regshot click "1st shot", when finished change some aspects of the D: explorer window, change window size or position, switch to tile or list view..., close the window, back in Regshot click "2nd shot" and when finished "compare". This opens a text file which under "values modified" contains several references to a key like

HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-113008714-854265398-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags\36\Shell\WinPos800x600(1).right: 0x00000323

The number after ..\Bags\ in this case 36 is what we are looking for.

Now open regedit to


find subkey 36 and open its subkey "shell"

In the right pane there should be a string value named "Folder Type" which has the value "Music". Doubleclick on "Folder Type" and change the value to "Documents" (everything without quotes). Close regedit.

Maybe there is a more simple solution but that's how I would do it. Hope it works.

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