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How to disable Group By in Windows 7

To turn off Group By completely:

  1. Open any directory in Windows Explorer.
  2. Right-click and choose Group by > (None)
  3. Press the Alt key, so that the Explorer menu bar appears and chooseToolsFolder Options.
  4. Go to the View tab and click Apply to Folders. This will apply the Group By setting to all folders.

Running explorer.exe as a user different from the one that is already logged in using “runas” command is disabled in Windows 7. But there is a workaround for this:

  1. Start -> Run -> regedit
  2. Navigate to the registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID{CDCBCFCA-3CDC-436f-A4E2-0E02075250C2}
  3. Right click on the registry key and click Permissions…
  4. Give Full Control permissions to the user logged in.
  5. Start -> Run -> dcomcnfg.exe -> Expand DCOM Config
  6. Right click and select properties of “Elevated-Unelevated Explorer Factory”, click the Identity tab and select “The launching user”

After doing this explorer.exe will launch as the user specified in the RunAs.exe command!

NOTE: If you get permission denied when setting permissions on the registry it’s because of the “TrustedInstaller”. So you need to go to Advanced and take ownership away from “TrustedInstaller”. I normally give the ownership to the “Administrators” group.

Normally caused by pgpfsshl.dll (on PGP 10.1.1 & 10.2  Not sure if fixed in later releases)

If you use Process Explorer and monitor it’s threads at the time of the issue, you’ll probably see pgpfsshl.dll in there running at 50% or more.

This feature of PGP scans a directory for files that are encrypted so it can then display an icon showing the file is encrypted.

Causes this ANNOYING issue.  So can safely be disabled by running

regsvr32 /u pgpfsshl.dll
Reboot might be required before notice a difference.