windows explorer does not sort by name correctly

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by johnjneumann, Feb 16, 2008.

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    johnjneumann Guest

    VISTA Windows Explorer does not sort by name correctly (although DOS "dir
    /on" works)
    Please try it: create these 3 files any way you wish (i.e. copy & rename an
    existing file or right-click in right pane >new>text document) -- the
    extension and beginning letter are irrevlivant.
    Sort the Windows Explorer column by "name" and you'll see that it sorts as
    shown above - it will not display in the proper order of a05 a0b a3f

    To no resolution, I've already added the registry setting suggested
    elsewhere here: HKCU & HKLM
    set as binary "01 00 00 00"
    I've also played with the view settings until I'm blue in the face.
    johnjneumann, Feb 16, 2008
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  2. Dos fails to sort letters dependant on upper or lower case, too. It
    evaluates the character based on its byte value in the character map (after
    a 'toUpper() call). Windows evaluates a number ignoring the leading zero.
    Same quirk, different cause. Vista dwells on the 'Y2K' bug.

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    Mark L. Ferguson

    Mark L. Ferguson, Feb 16, 2008
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    Tom Allen Guest

    I guess someone thought it would be 'helpful' to sort numbers
    numerically rather than ASCII collated.
    I seem to recollect I found that 000 comes before 00 which comes before
    0 but 1 comes before 11 etc.
    However I still arrange date/time stamp file names as eight digits
    YYYYMMDD out of habit.

    Tom Allen, Feb 16, 2008
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    PaulB Guest

    I think you may have the wrong value in that key. It should just be set to 1.
    See the article below. I have set this in two computers running Vista and it
    works as expected.
    PaulB, Feb 18, 2008
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