Vista Recycle Bin issue: multiple select not working - Bug or Feat

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by lostrune, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. lostrune

    lostrune Guest

    Hello to the Good Folks here,

    I've been searching and lurking in these forums looking for an explanation
    about this, but it seems this hasn't been discussed yet, so here goes:

    I don't know when this started or if it's been that way from the start, but
    I only noticed it recently. Vista Ultimate 32-bit (up to date with MS
    updates) -> Recycle Bin -> multiple selection of files in Recycle Bin is not

    Tried Ctrl-(mouse)left click, Ctrl+A, Selection Rectangle, and Check Box for
    the Selection of Elements. None of them work.

    Tried Regedit -> delete HKCU\Software\Classes\Local
    Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags folder -> logoff then logon to
    get a fresh set of folder settings. But Recycle Bin issue still remains.

    Deleted c:\$Recycle.Bin folder to regenerate fresh $Recycle.Bin folder.
    Issue still remains.

    This issue seems restricted to the Recycle Bin and also the Network folder.
    Tried another friend's Vista computer's Recycle Bin - multiple select works
    fine there. It seems something in my computer is affecting this issue, but I
    don't know any of my programs would have that effect on the Recycle Bin, and
    my computer is constantly protected from virus, spamware, and malware.

    I would appreciate any possible explanation on this matter. Thanks in
    advance and have a good day.
    lostrune, Feb 29, 2008
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  2. Sounds like you've got the single-select bug...


    I've written a script that helps MOST people with the multi-select problem.
    It will remove single-select from saved folder views & saved defaults.
    Right-click the link below & select 'Save Target As..."

    Then extract the contents of the .zip file & run the script.

    All explorer windows should be closed when running the script & you should
    logoff & log back on after running it.

    Keith Miller \(MVP\), Feb 29, 2008
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  3. lostrune

    lostrune Guest

    Hello Mr. Miller,

    Thank you very much. Your script has solved my problem.

    So it is a bug, after all.
    If you don't mind, would you also know how that bug got activated,
    if it affects any Vista computer, and if there's a way to avoid it in the

    Thanks again,
    lostrune, Mar 1, 2008
  4. You're welcome.

    No idea as to how it happens. The flag that controls this behavior exists
    for the sake of dialogs such as 'Open File', where the selection needs to be
    limited to a single item. But how it crosses over into saved folder views
    is a mystery at this point.

    Good Luck,

    Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]

    Keith Miller \(MVP\), Mar 1, 2008
  5. lostrune

    Steve Cosner Guest

    If anyone is still reading this...

    I have been installing software on two Vista laptops, and experienced
    the problem several months ago on one, and now it hit again, this time
    on two machines. But this time, I had only installed one thing on one
    of them:
    Cisco Systems VPN Client, version

    VPN=Virtual Private Network, used to securly connect to a remote site.
    It causes my machine to communicate with other systems with a IP address
    from that site.

    The last time I detected the problem, I did not know what caused it,
    although thinking back, I had installed an earlier version of the VPN
    software. But this time, I uninstalled the older software and
    installed the new version -- that was the only thing I have done except
    for installing the usual MS updates.

    By using System Restore, I was able to get back to a point to where I
    could again select all.

    I should also say that at the same time I noticed this problem, I
    noticed these other annoying differences:
    - Right-click on a .zip file, and the "Extract all..." option was
    - A number of folders changed from Detail view to Large Icons
    - Folders columns changed to photo folders, showing Name, date taken,
    type, tags, and rating. I always show Name, date modified and size

    I will alway create a restore point before changing the VPN software

    And finally, Keith, I really appreciate your
    download containing the Fix Single Select.vbs script. It seems to work
    perfectly at least on the Single Select problem.
    Steve Cosner, Apr 27, 2008
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