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Windows Explorer Sorting

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by MarkC, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. MarkC

    MarkC Flightless Bird

    Hi,

    I have 2 PC's

    The Desktop which has WinXP Pro SP3 the main computer, been using for the
    past 3 years. The files listed below sorts 01 to 20 that seems to use the
    first two characters. This is what I expected and want the sort order to
    be. However...

    01BBBALD.ACT
    0270LOVE.ACT
    03MUSBOX.ACT
    04BBBALD.ACT
    05002KN7.ACT
    0650LOVE.ACT
    0750BALD.ACT
    08BBBALD.ACT
    09ORCHBD.ACT
    1060BALD.ACT
    1116BBLD.ACT
    12SM8BLD.ACT
    13EZYBLD.ACT
    14GUISWG.ACT
    15SHOBLD.ACT
    1616RKBD.ACT
    1780BALD.ACT
    18GUIBLD.ACT
    19POPBLD.ACT
    20002KN7.ACT

    The Laptop, which has WinXP Home SP2 that I just got, used. It's plain Jane
    and it is used for another purpose. But the file sort order is not like the
    above list as I want it to be. The list below shows how the laptop sorts
    the same files, which is not in numeric sequence.

    01BBBALD.ACT
    03MUSBOX.ACT
    04BBBALD.ACT
    08BBBALD.ACT
    09ORCHBD.ACT
    12SM8BLD.ACT
    13EZYBLD.ACT
    14GUISWG.ACT
    15SHOBLD.ACT
    18GUIBLD.ACT
    19POPBLD.ACT
    0270LOVE.ACT
    0650LOVE.ACT
    0750BALD.ACT
    1060BALD.ACT
    1116BBLD.ACT
    1616RKBD.ACT
    1780BALD.ACT
    05002KN7.ACT
    20002KN7.ACT

    What can I do to get the sort order on the laptop to be like my desktop?

    Thanks, Mark
     
  2. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    MarkC wrote:

    > I have 2 PC's
    >
    > The Desktop which has WinXP Pro SP3 the main computer, been using for the
    > past 3 years. The files listed below sorts 01 to 20 that seems to use the
    > first two characters. This is what I expected and want the sort order to
    > be. However...
    >
    > 01BBBALD.ACT
    > 0270LOVE.ACT
    > 03MUSBOX.ACT
    > 04BBBALD.ACT
    > 05002KN7.ACT
    > 0650LOVE.ACT
    > 0750BALD.ACT
    > 08BBBALD.ACT
    > 09ORCHBD.ACT
    > 1060BALD.ACT
    > 1116BBLD.ACT
    > 12SM8BLD.ACT
    > 13EZYBLD.ACT
    > 14GUISWG.ACT
    > 15SHOBLD.ACT
    > 1616RKBD.ACT
    > 1780BALD.ACT
    > 18GUIBLD.ACT
    > 19POPBLD.ACT
    > 20002KN7.ACT
    >
    > The Laptop, which has WinXP Home SP2 that I just got, used. It's plain Jane
    > and it is used for another purpose. But the file sort order is not like the
    > above list as I want it to be. The list below shows how the laptop sorts
    > the same files, which is not in numeric sequence.
    >
    > 01BBBALD.ACT
    > 03MUSBOX.ACT
    > 04BBBALD.ACT
    > 08BBBALD.ACT
    > 09ORCHBD.ACT
    > 12SM8BLD.ACT
    > 13EZYBLD.ACT
    > 14GUISWG.ACT
    > 15SHOBLD.ACT
    > 18GUIBLD.ACT
    > 19POPBLD.ACT
    > 0270LOVE.ACT
    > 0650LOVE.ACT
    > 0750BALD.ACT
    > 1060BALD.ACT
    > 1116BBLD.ACT
    > 1616RKBD.ACT
    > 1780BALD.ACT
    > 05002KN7.ACT
    > 20002KN7.ACT
    >
    > What can I do to get the sort order on the laptop to be like my desktop?


    If Windows was actually included in the sale of the used hardware then you
    would have received the installation media for Windows (or there exists a
    hidden partition which you use to restore the factory-time image). If the
    OS was not included, what you got was hardware that included a polluted hard
    disk.

    So why didn't you flatten your new used host to install a FRESH copy of
    Windows? You don't know what tweaks, kiddie porn, flawed registry entries,
    or illegal software might still be on that used host. If you did not
    receive the installation media for Windows with the used host, go back to
    the seller to demand they include it along with the COA and product key;
    else, you'll have to go buy a legitimate copy of Windows.

    "intuitive filename sorting"
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319827
     
  3. MarkC

    MarkC Flightless Bird

    The original Windows XP Install Disk and the Driver Disk did come with the
    laptop. I did a fresh Windows install, loaded all the drivers. Which by
    the way has nothing to do with my original question.

    Anyway, I found out the answer by adding a registry line.

    MAC <=== My initials which is really my initials, is a hint on what maybe my
    next computer!



    "VanguardLH" <V@nguard.LH> wrote in message
    news:hjihg0$1if$1@news.albasani.net...
    > MarkC wrote:
    >
    >> I have 2 PC's
    >>
    >> The Desktop which has WinXP Pro SP3 the main computer, been using for the
    >> past 3 years. The files listed below sorts 01 to 20 that seems to use
    >> the
    >> first two characters. This is what I expected and want the sort order to
    >> be. However...
    >>
    >> 01BBBALD.ACT
    >> 0270LOVE.ACT
    >> 03MUSBOX.ACT
    >> 04BBBALD.ACT
    >> 05002KN7.ACT
    >> 0650LOVE.ACT
    >> 0750BALD.ACT
    >> 08BBBALD.ACT
    >> 09ORCHBD.ACT
    >> 1060BALD.ACT
    >> 1116BBLD.ACT
    >> 12SM8BLD.ACT
    >> 13EZYBLD.ACT
    >> 14GUISWG.ACT
    >> 15SHOBLD.ACT
    >> 1616RKBD.ACT
    >> 1780BALD.ACT
    >> 18GUIBLD.ACT
    >> 19POPBLD.ACT
    >> 20002KN7.ACT
    >>
    >> The Laptop, which has WinXP Home SP2 that I just got, used. It's plain
    >> Jane
    >> and it is used for another purpose. But the file sort order is not like
    >> the
    >> above list as I want it to be. The list below shows how the laptop sorts
    >> the same files, which is not in numeric sequence.
    >>
    >> 01BBBALD.ACT
    >> 03MUSBOX.ACT
    >> 04BBBALD.ACT
    >> 08BBBALD.ACT
    >> 09ORCHBD.ACT
    >> 12SM8BLD.ACT
    >> 13EZYBLD.ACT
    >> 14GUISWG.ACT
    >> 15SHOBLD.ACT
    >> 18GUIBLD.ACT
    >> 19POPBLD.ACT
    >> 0270LOVE.ACT
    >> 0650LOVE.ACT
    >> 0750BALD.ACT
    >> 1060BALD.ACT
    >> 1116BBLD.ACT
    >> 1616RKBD.ACT
    >> 1780BALD.ACT
    >> 05002KN7.ACT
    >> 20002KN7.ACT
    >>
    >> What can I do to get the sort order on the laptop to be like my desktop?

    >
    > If Windows was actually included in the sale of the used hardware then you
    > would have received the installation media for Windows (or there exists a
    > hidden partition which you use to restore the factory-time image). If the
    > OS was not included, what you got was hardware that included a polluted
    > hard
    > disk.
    >
    > So why didn't you flatten your new used host to install a FRESH copy of
    > Windows? You don't know what tweaks, kiddie porn, flawed registry
    > entries,
    > or illegal software might still be on that used host. If you did not
    > receive the installation media for Windows with the used host, go back to
    > the seller to demand they include it along with the COA and product key;
    > else, you'll have to go buy a legitimate copy of Windows.
    >
    > "intuitive filename sorting"
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319827
     
  4. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    <snipped>


    MarkC wrote:
    > The original Windows XP Install Disk and the Driver Disk did come
    > with the laptop. I did a fresh Windows install, loaded all the
    > drivers. Which by the way has nothing to do with my original
    > question.
    > Anyway, I found out the answer by adding a registry line.
    >
    > MAC <=== My initials which is really my initials, is a hint on what
    > maybe my next computer!


    TweakUI would have fixed the sorting issue.

    It would also be kind of you (considering this is archived indefinitely) to
    give the actual solution you found instead of vaguely referencing what it
    was you discovered someplace. ;-)

    As for your choice of a next computer - different issues is all you will
    find. I support a little of them all and if there is one OS choice,
    computer choice, etc that has no issues (or even one that has equivalently
    more or less) - I have not found it.

    Give and take.

    It's wise you did a fresh installation on a used computer, however. Very
    wise.

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
  5. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    Shenan Stanley wrote:

    > It would also be kind of you (considering this is archived indefinitely) to
    > give the actual solution you found instead of vaguely referencing what it
    > was you discovered someplace. ;-)


    I'm guessing it is the NoStrCmpLogical data item in the registry that was
    mentioned in the KB article to which I gave Mark a link.
     
  6. pip22

    pip22 Flightless Bird

    Try clicking on the "Name" bar at the top of the file column.
    You may have to repeat this a couple of times till they are in
    ascending numerical order.
     
  7. MarkC

    MarkC Flightless Bird

    It was the NoStrCmpLogical line, but I found the answer before I read
    VanguardLH post the hardway (Websearch). I went to the posted link
    after the fact, it confirmed what I found out.

    The desktop PC had the line with the setting of 1, so I just added
    that to the laptop registry, restarted and it sorts the way
    I am used to.

    Mark


    "VanguardLH" <V@nguard.LH> wrote in message
    news:hjjncb$on8$1@news.albasani.net...
    > Shenan Stanley wrote:
    >
    >> It would also be kind of you (considering this is archived indefinitely)
    >> to
    >> give the actual solution you found instead of vaguely referencing what it
    >> was you discovered someplace. ;-)

    >
    > I'm guessing it is the NoStrCmpLogical data item in the registry that was
    > mentioned in the KB article to which I gave Mark a link.
     

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