Maintenance :: Windows / File Explorer Always Opens Minimized

Sep 15, 2014

I use Windows 8.1.

Until few days ago, everything was working fine. Whenever I open the File Explorer/Windows Explorer, it always opens minimized. Earlier I just needed to maximize it and close it so that when the next time I open it, it opens maximized. But when I do that now, it still opens minimized.

Not just that. I like to have my files and folders view to be as "large icons". But, its all in "details" view now. Earlier if something like this happened, I would change it once to "large icons" and it remained intact upon my viewing next time. However, it doesn't happen now. In spite of changing the view settings to "large icons", they still open "details" view.

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Screenshot: [URL] .....

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Screenshot: [URL] ....

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Screenshot: [URL] ....

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This is all software I currently have installed: [URL] .....

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I'm not sure if you're able to click that so just copy and paste it.

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