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  • I see this topic has been covered on Windows Vista and I think it's the same issue but it was not clear:

    http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=1&ved=0CAYQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fsocial.technet.microsoft.com%2FForums%2Fen-US%2Fitprovistasp%2Fthread%2F713acec3-66d2-4758-a8d6-3d577d0b3173&ei=6c_GS8nwJYzY7AOuuLDcDA&usg=AFQjCNF559ASFZsmPrEmziQoY8R6-9Za7g

    I'm using Windows 7 64bit Ultimate

    I am also getting very annoyed, as I'm deleting the parent folder and not the selected file or sub folder as the selection looks the same

    In the screen shot (cannot see how to attach screenshot, hopefully after I click on submit I will see the option otherwise, please advise) you can see that both the parent folder and subfolder are both highlighted in the exact same colour, so which is really highlighted, if I press F2 or DEL the action takes place on the actual highlighted folder which in this case was the parent. So if I pressed DEL I've just deleted the parent folder not the sub folder and therefore lost lots of data

    I have turned the delete confirmation message back on to try and avoid this

    BTW I could only re-create this on a network share which is the worst place for it to happen as you do not get an undelete option (no recycle bin)


    Vista Ultimate Dell XPS M1330
    Thursday, April 15, 2010 9:05 AM

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  • Unable to add screenshot please advise if needed and how to upload

    Vista Ultimate Dell XPS M1330
    Thursday, April 15, 2010 9:06 AM
  • Switch to HTML editing and add an element like this:

    <img src=xxxx>

    ...where xxxx is the URL of the image you have uploaded to a web server somewhere.

    Can you describe an exact sequence of operations to reproduce this problem (i.e., right down to the individual click, keystroke)?  I cannot quite get that from what you wrote above.

    -Noel

    Thursday, April 15, 2010 1:31 PM
  • Hi Noel, thanks for reply

    I've been offline for a few days and still having to use limited mobile internet so I cannot get online very often

    I do not own any webspace at the momement so do not have a location to put the image

    The keystroke process is

    MS button + E (Open Win explorer setup with a 2 pane view)

    Expand shared drive in left pane and highlight a folder which opens it in the right pane

    double click a sub folder in the left pane

    Then press back on windows explorer and both the subfolder and root folder are highlighted in blue


    Vista Ultimate Dell XPS M1330
    Wednesday, April 21, 2010 1:22 AM
  • Explorer highlights

    Very frustrating I have the same problem and lost a lot of data thinking I was deleting one file but deleted the complete folder.

    Hopefully I had a file recovery to repair the desaster. I lost many data until I found the faulty situation.

    Hylighting folder and file at the same time is a very bad idee for windows 7 explorer

    An other faulty and a very anoying problem with windows 7 explorer : When I click on a folder disk D:\..... for example the folder open but suddenly the explorer bring me back to that anoying user\....documents or other garbage I never want in my life, increasing my frustration. Don't forget that user\documents and so and so that is increasing every day in size and subjects incognito probabely for  fantom pleasure. 

    Now I am working on 2 machines my old windows XP x32bits to attenuate my frustrations due to that new windows 7 x64 explorer.

    The windows 7 "explorer" is an anti-pleasure compare to xp-explorer.

    I won't add comments about my daugther's Vista explorer, do you know why ? Oh la la!

    One Thing If I ignore that "&**(((_+ .... explorer indexing hoolahoop of windows 7, the system is stable and faster which I appreciate.

    If you only have your little music and some documents, emails and some programs on your pc, win 7 "explorer" is ok, but if you have a lot more than that your frustration will increase with the quantity like myself on my brand new win 7 explor indexed. ....x64

    My old xp machine have more then 10000 files including many files as big as .7 GB each and my xp explorer have no indexing gadget and work faster then win7 expl.

    Another anoying detail is that hdd light is continously switching on and off. All the PCs on my supplyer running windoes 7 are flikkering like that and the vendor told me "Don't be worry, Its normal all of are pc are doing the same"  plus  "Anyway the HDD is running full speed continously when you switch your pc on so reading or writing does not change anything" Any other questions ?

    Thanks to the vendor!

    On my xp the HDD is running yes, but the most fragile arms peaces are not mooving for writing or reading every seconds !

    I am Tired trying to disable this and that !

    So If anybody have some solutions please let-me know. 

    • Edited by gimmic Saturday, August 14, 2010 7:24 AM fault
    Saturday, August 14, 2010 7:18 AM
  • Damian79, I cannot reproduce the problem as stated.  When I click the "Back" button only the previously selected folder is highlighted.

    Just to be clear, when you say "Expand shared drive..." are you referring to a local shared area, or a drive that's been mapped to a network share?

    -Noel

    Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:17 PM
  • I appear to have same problem.

    Windows 7 Explorer highlights both selected folder and subfolder or file within it.

    When I select a folder it is highlighted.

    Afterward, selecting a file within that folder, the file is highlighted, and the folder remains highlighted as well. Also, if I leave that folder and select another folder then return to that folder selecting it, I find that the file within that folder that was highlighted is still highlighted.

    One several occasions I have mistakenly deleted a folder rather than the file within it due confusion caused by this double highlighting.


    amba
    Friday, December 10, 2010 3:08 PM
  • Hi everyone,

    I'm experiencing exactly the same problem...terribly annoying. I guess Microsoft hasn't come up with a solution for this bug yet? Or has anyone tried the SP1 that's around (in Beta?) yet? Maybe that fixes this problem?

    If at least there was a workaround, but I guess not...just pay damn good attention when deleting stuff.

    Dimitri

    Friday, February 18, 2011 11:30 PM
  • This is extremely annoying Microsoft.  Yes, it's true that (Windows 7) in order to have the folder highlighted the same color as the sub-folder or file (in the right/main pane) you have to do some action on the parent folder last (i.e. shift-tab, click parent folder, or even! just expand the parent folder) ONLY the parent folder at that time should be highlighted.  IN fact, when you do either the shift-tab, or expand the parent folder, the sub folder/file is still what's listed in the Details pane.  But click delete and you're deleting the parent folder.  You can't tell me this isn't a bug, especially since the details pane is not displaying what would actually be deleted.

    I just deleted Inetpub instead of a child folder (not the first time, but the most devastating to date).  Yes, I know it asks me, are you sure you want to delete XYZ, but seriously, am I expected to read that thing every time just to make sure what I'm deleting is the one highlighted? Or rather the other one that's highlighted?

    Please make them different highlights Microsoft.  Oh, and generally getting back most of classic view would be nice.


    Zeb
    Friday, March 25, 2011 4:32 PM
  • Noel,

    Instead of hitting the back button one should select the parent folder again in the navigation pane.

    You will then see the contradicting selections between navigation pane and contents pane

    Sunday, April 24, 2011 1:12 AM
  • That's just the way it works.  You can highlight things in the left pane.  Return is required to get them to display in the right pane.

    I just normally click on the folder in the left pane.

    -Noel

    Sunday, April 24, 2011 2:00 AM
  • Just a small message to try to get this thread back up so that new people would read this and hopefully give us an answer...Win7 has now been out for almost/more than 2 years and this terrible bug still hasn't been resolved...does M$ know about it? I already once lost 50Gig's by deleting a folder instead of a file within that folder...and no...I couldn't use undelete because right at that same moment a backup of another computer was being written to the HDD I just deleted the 50Gig folder from           :)     or should it be  :(        ?

    ChaosDM

    Sunday, January 22, 2012 10:18 PM
  • Yes...indeed...confusing...but I guess you've got no solution either?

    Any Microsoft person on this forum who could try to help me (us all) out?

     

    Thanks,

    ChaosDM

    Monday, January 23, 2012 1:27 PM
  • ChaosDM, have you considered trying to work around the difficulty by clicking the right mouse button on folders/files you want to work on to get the context menu (e.g., showing Delete) and increase confidence that you really know what you're about to do?  Yes, I know that's not supposed to be necessary, but it is an effective workaround and it's not hard to get used to.

     

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my new eBook: Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options

    Monday, January 23, 2012 7:50 PM
  • Watch carefully in this sequence, and you will see the two blue-selected condition occur a few times.

    Notice this sequence does not use the backup button.

     

    Even the context-menu method can be ambiguous at times.

     


    The same thing happens with Windows7 and Vista.
    • Edited by ᅠᅠᅠ Saturday, January 28, 2012 8:42 PM ban me for saying so
    Saturday, January 28, 2012 8:25 PM
  • As I understand it there is a site somewhere for people to post suggestions and bug reports on Microsoft products. Sorry, I don't know where to find it. I am just fairly positive that it is not these forums.

    In any case, I have seen a number of people complaining about bugs and problems here, and this never seems to result in an update to fix the problem.

    Perhaps Noel knows about the bug report site and can provide this information to those interested.

     

    Saturday, January 28, 2012 9:13 PM
  • As I understand it there is a site somewhere for people to post suggestions and bug reports on Microsoft products. Sorry, I don't know where to find it. I am just fairly positive that it is not these forums.

    In any case, I have seen a number of people complaining about bugs and problems here, and this never seems to result in an update to fix the problem.

    Perhaps Noel knows about the bug report site and can provide this information to those interested.

     


    Hi again, Al Dunbar.

    Please review the following Mar 2009 Windows 7 blogpost, and consider how some of us saw (and continue to feel about) that prominent title.

     

    Your Opinion Counts: How you helped changed Windows 7

     

     

    Saturday, January 28, 2012 9:23 PM
  • I honestly don't know the best way to contact Microsoft on Windows 7 issues.  That's why I post here, in hopes that someone who can make a difference will see the information and make a difference.  So far, differences have been slow in coming.

    With Windows 8 Microsoft has provided a feedback tool, which I downloaded and installed per instructions from Marilyn, the moderator on the Windows 8 forum, and I use that to communicate problem reports back to them.  It prepares a report of some kind out of what I put into the app and submits it directly, somehow.

    In my opinion it is a major failing of Microsoft that they have distanced themselves from users so thoroughly!  I mean, my gosh, no way to report a bona fide bug?  What, are they so fearful they'll be overwhelmed with bug reports that they just figure it's better to not provide (or at best hide) any way to even try to do so?

     

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my new eBook: Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options

    Saturday, January 28, 2012 10:49 PM
  • As I understand it there is a site somewhere for people to post suggestions and bug reports on Microsoft products. Sorry, I don't know where to find it. I am just fairly positive that it is not these forums.

    In any case, I have seen a number of people complaining about bugs and problems here, and this never seems to result in an update to fix the problem.

    Perhaps Noel knows about the bug report site and can provide this information to those interested.

     


    Hi again, Al Dunbar.

    Please review the following Mar 2009 Windows 7 blogpost, and consider how some of us saw (and continue to feel about) that prominent title.

     

    Your Opinion Counts: How you helped changed Windows 7

     

     


    Yes, Hi again, Mr. 3-Box.

    I have not been sufficiently concerned with any problem I have had with windows to bother trying to report it as a bug.

    That's not to say I have not run across any actual bugs in MS products. There were a few minor irksome (and acknowledged) issues in WSH/VBScript, but with no indication of an intention to fix on Microsoft's part. I guess it was a matter of priorities, and the fact that knowledge of the problem yielded a simple work-around. Some suggested that they update the documentation to explain the problem and the workaround, but that did not happen.

    I decided that spending my time complaining or requesting they fix it would serve mainly to keep my frustration on the boil, so I just let it go. I'd recommend that approach to others, however I don't dispute people's rights to complain if that is what they want to do.

    In the long run, this might impact on their sales as people move to Linux to get away from windows problems not being fixed by Microsoft. Until that happens, they can pretty much follow whatever business plan they like if people keep buying product. They are a business, after all, aswerable to shareholders before customers.

    ------------------------------------- 

    I understand from a recent reply of yours in another thread that you feel I was stalking your posts by adding a comment here. Sorry about that. I will try to refrain from posting in the same threads as you from now on (with the exception of Ed's thread). If you'd like I will delete all my posts in this thread.

     

    • Edited by Al Dunbar Sunday, January 29, 2012 12:19 AM to add an apology
    Saturday, January 28, 2012 11:42 PM
  • I realize that this post is old but I was also having problems with deleting folders when I thought a file was selected. I have spent many hours recovering deleted files.

    What I have found is that I think this is related to the entire row being highlighted in the file pane ie. Name, Size, Type etc are all highlighted. While trying some other Win 7 tweaks (selecting several files, then changing the sort type and all the previously selected files are still selected) , I had to disable the full row highlighting, but in doing so, the problem of both folder and file being highlighted in blue has gone.

    The instructions on the following websites are where I came across this indirect solution.

    http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57579535-285/a-fix-for-the-multifile-selection-glitch-in-windows-7-and-8/

    http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/disable-full-row-select-explorer-windows-7/

    I prefer having the entire row highlighted, but I will trade this for not having to spend hours recovering deleted files/folders.

    Hopefully this might help some of you.

    Cheers
    Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:24 PM