extended tiles in sync center

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Amatxi, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. Amatxi

    Amatxi Guest

    Hi,
    I lost the option "extended tiles" from the popup menu --> view in the sync
    center. Instead of this option , I just have "tiles". Any ideas how to get
    this option back ?
    Thanks.
     
    Amatxi, Feb 9, 2007
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    AndyMac Guest

    It's not just me then. I have had the same problem, and it is really
    frustrating. Hasd it a while ago, and either a System Restore or the
    deinstall/reinstall of the WMDC stuff seemed to sort it.... not this time,
    though !!! Just been through System Restore, deinstall/reinstall WMDC, remove
    and recreate partnership... and still the Extended Tiles have gone from the
    "View sync partnerships" page, meaning I don't have easy/friendly access to
    the status of the syncs in one place!

    Interestingly, extended tiles still exist in the "Setup new sync
    partnerships" page, so it feels like it is either a simple registry issue, or
    maybe a DLL registration issue. But I can't find anything anywhere else about
    this, and I have looked around on various forums, etc.

    Andrew L Macaulay
    Architect MVP
     
    AndyMac, Mar 10, 2007
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    Amatxi Guest

    Well, I sort of found the solution a few days ago. As the sync center is
    using the explorer process, I found that the "reset folder" option in tools
    --> Folder options --> view tab did the job... Pretty simple uh ;-)
    Thanks for the reply anyway !
    Jerome
     
    Amatxi, Mar 10, 2007
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  4. Thanks Jerome

    Tried this (and it made lot of sense) but it did not work for me. Still have
    the same symptoms after the "reset folder" option.
     
    Andrew L Macaulay (MVP), Mar 10, 2007
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  5. Finally, I have worked out a fix - although I am not 100% sure of the details.

    *** ONLY DO THIS IF YOU ARE AN EXPERIENCED USER AND UNDERSTAND THE RISKS OF
    WORKING WITH THE REGISTRY ***

    I had another (local) account on my machine which did show the Extended
    Tiles ok, so I looked at the various areas where SyncMgr was in the registry
    on this machine, especially those in the HKCU, and found a section which
    looked hopeful. With a but of trial and error (backing up registry, etc. to
    make sure it did not cause other problems) I found that there was a registry
    entry somewhere in the are

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local
    Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell

    which had been corrupted - by copying these across to the user I was having
    the problem with, it reinstated the Extended Tile in Sync Manager.

    Not sure which registry key was the cause of this, and now I'm back up
    working, will not be looking at this in more depth, so I hope that this helps
    someone else in a similar position - and allows them to identify the exact
    key (if so, please can they add this into the thread).

    So, in terms of fixing this problem (losing the Extended Tiles on Sync
    Center):

    1. First try using the Reset Folder option in the View Tab of Explorer's
    Tools/Folder Options.
    2. If still not fixed, try System Restore to see if this resolves the issue.
    3. If still stuck, and you have another user on the machine which does work
    ok, they look at the registry area above and maybe do a compare of the files
    to see what is missing.

    As always, if making changes to the registry, make sure you have a backup
    before the changes (or at the very least a System Restore point) and be very
    very careful, as changes to the registry can cause system instability, etc.
    etc.
     
    Andrew L Macaulay (MVP), Mar 13, 2007
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    Amatxi Guest

    Hey, Thanks for your insight. I finally found the final fix!!!!
    Somehow the shell registry settings have been corrupt. So I made a simple
    reg file to fix this. Just put the following lines into a reg file an then
    double click on it :

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\Local
    Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell]
    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local
    Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell]
    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]
    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]

    All the default settings of all shell windows will be erased, but at the
    same time, it solves the shell corruption.

    Amatxi
     
    Amatxi, Apr 6, 2007
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