No "Codec" column option in Windows XP folder view (used to be there)

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No "Codec" column option in Windows XP folder view (used to be there)

Post by edenney on Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:57 pm

I have a lot of video files encoded with various different codecs, and from time to time it's tremendously helpful for me to be able to enable, view, and sort the codec details column in the Windows XP folder settings. Doing so lets me see at a glance which files are encoded with which audio and video codecs, and how many audio tracks a video file has. I've used this feature for years on a few different laptops, but I recently bought a new laptop and installed Windows XP SP3 in a dual boot config along with the Windows 7 installation that came with it. I no longer see, and therefore cannot select the codec details column in this Windows XP installation. I believe I never upgraded past SP2 on my other laptops as there was no compelling reason for running SP3, and I had a lot more to lose than to gain by upgrading. Was this feature removed in SP3???

I know that with the codec details column enabled, certain codecs would cause Explorer to crash, particularly if you had thumbnails enabled, so I suppose it's possible this could've been grounds for MS to eliminate this capability. If there's a way to enable it by means of a registry change that would be very helpful to me.


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Re: No "Codec" column option in Windows XP folder view (used to be there)

Post by Admin on Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:01 pm

I have checked and I don't see it in the list of available columns.

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Re: No "Codec" column option in Windows XP folder view (used to be there)

Post by edenney on Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:24 pm

Admin wrote:I have checked and I don't see it in the list of available columns.

Thanks, but it doesn't help any unless you mention what OS and SP you're running. I know for a fact it existed in XP SP1 and SP2, I see it right now on my Sony Vaio running XP SP2 beside me. The question is whether or not it was removed for SP3, or if there's some other reason why it's not not showing up in my new XP SP3 installation. Really sucks when a piece of software removes functionality in a newer version.

Obviously this is as much an MS Windows question as a codec question, but I think the odds are better of getting an answer here where everyone is specifically involved with codecs, videos, and encoding, vs. a small percentage of Windows users that have any knowledge of codecs much less work with them.

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Post by Admin on Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:58 am

I of course checked on XP SP3.

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