Vista Explorer showing music columns for files

I had one folder that suddenly wouldn't show file details in Explorer view.  Instead, it treated it like it was a folder with music and my columns all where all music details like 'album', 'artist', 'rating'.  I wasn't even sure how to phrase the problem so searching was a challenge.  Was it 'album view', 'music view', 'media view'.  'Album', 'Music' and 'Explorer' aren't very unique words. Finally, on the properties for the folder I saw that it was set to "Music Details" for the template and this helped me find a solution.  Unfortunately Vista won't let us change the template being used for a folder.  All Vista lets me do is save my current folder as the settings for that template.  Thanks Microsoft!  But with 'Music Details' as a search word I was able to Google and find a fix in a forum thread.

To clear this up, you need to delete a couple of registry keys...

  • Open regedit, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell
  • Delete the BagMRU subkey
  • Delete the Bags subkey

I've read that this will "reoccur" later so you'll probably need to delete this keys again at some point.  Hopefully all the paid installs of Vista being pushed out right now will help fund SP1 fixing problems like this and the host of other issues I've had that have made Vista an absolute pain.

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