winXP doesn't keep my settings

By erwin1978 ยท 9 replies
Jul 8, 2002
  1. Whenever I restart winXP, my folder attributes keeps changing. For instance, I set my mp3 folder to "List," the next reboot it will go back to "Details."

    Zone Alarm also has the problems; it keeps asking if I want apps to have internet access even though I've clicked yes infinitely many times.

    How do I reset every setting in winXP so it's like I just installed
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    its scrubbing your profile for some reason i think. do you get any error message comming to you as soon as you log on>???
  3. erwin1978

    erwin1978 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    No errors. I only have one Administrator profile so winXP doesn't ask me which account I want to use and defaults to that one. I'm starting to think winXP ruined my monitor because even the refresh rate keeps changing from time to time, or may be it's the video card.
  4. Spliffmeister

    Spliffmeister TechSpot Paladin Posts: 508

    i'm getting a similar problem with Zonealarm, but not with the views option. I read somewhere that Zonealarm isn't XP compliant, that maybe the problem. It has learnt to give some apps internet access but not all, and it forgets some periodically....

    it's not a big problem tho'
  5. erwin1978

    erwin1978 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    It's a big problem for me; each reboot it will ask me if I want outlook and norton antivirus to have internet access. Does the Generic HOst Process for win32 services also show up in your zone alarm? What exactly does that do?
  6. cabrone

    cabrone TS Rookie Posts: 153

    I have a sister whos computer is doing the same thing..
  7. TonyH

    TonyH TS Rookie

    I can help you with your folder settings. Its an XP bug.

    Do the following:

    Backup these keys just in case anything goes wrong.



    After that delete them. and restart...your folder settings should get remembered now
  8. erwin1978

    erwin1978 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    And where did you find this registry hack? I don't trust you.:p
  9. TonyH

    TonyH TS Rookie

    I asked the same question as you. Someone replied and being more adventurous than you, I tried it. It worked! Believe me it doesn't mess up anything. However after a while (weeks, months?) the settings get forgotten again and you have to delete those keys again to fix it.
  10. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    This seems like quite a hastle, I'm sure there is a way to make a permanent fix. I personally have no idea how, but someone else might.
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