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In Vista Home Premium, Taskbar, there is no restore windows to original configuration.

I was trying the Show windows options on the taskbar. There is Cascade Windows, Show Windows Stacked, and Show Windows Side by Side. I tried all of those, but then couldn't get back to the original configuration. There is no Restore Windows option to check. I tried rebooting, but that didn't help. Now I'm stuck.

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  • Anonymous May 08, 2008

    I bought a Sony lap tap frpm you 3 mo ago with Vista. I had so many problems with Vista that now I would like to go to XP.

    What are my options?

  • Bill Gordon May 08, 2008

    I don't want my applications to come up in cascade, stacked, or side-by-side. I just want to have the windows come up individually. There is no option to restore them to that configuration once you have tried each of the ones shown.

  • Bill Gordon May 08, 2008

    The Tools--> Folder options are in Windows Explorer. My problem is on the desktop. I did what you suggested and then rebooted. No changes were made on the desktop. I think changes in windows explorer apply only to the folders in windows explorer, not to the desktop.

  • Bill Gordon May 08, 2008

    When I right-click on the toolbar at the bottom of my desktop, there are options. Three of those options are Cascade Windows, Show Windows Stacked, and Show Windows Side-by-Side. I tried all of those options, then wanted to just get back to the original windows settings. There is no option to do so. No matter what I do, I am still in one of those three configurations.

  • Bill Gordon May 08, 2008

    I just want the normal configuration of windows, not cascade, not side-by-side, not stacked. Each window opening separately on my desktop.

  • Bill Gordon May 08, 2008

    I don't know where to do the remember window positions.

  • Bill Gordon May 08, 2008

    The windows come back as I last left them, but I wanted them to be as they were before I started using those options in the taskbar. This is just another example of the numerous problems with Vista. I wanted XP Pro but Microsoft dictates what can be installed. I think that the cascade option will have to be my choice of the three I have available.



    Thanks for your help.



    Bill Gordon

  • Bill Gordon May 08, 2008

    It looks like you solved my problem. The windows are now opening individually, not cascaded, stacked, or side-by-side. The key was to use Show Desktop. That seemed to break the situation. That is not intuitive! Microsoft should have had a restore windows option in the taskbar!



    Thank you so much Jedinger!!!

  • Magster515 May 26, 2008

    I'm having the same issue as Bill, and as there is some confusion, I'll provide an example:



    If I have Yahoo! mail open and minimized to the taskbar, then open a new window for a Google search, the Yahoo! mail window will 'restore' and re-open with the Google search window, resulting in two windows displaying on screen, either cascaded, side-by-side or stacked, depending on the chosen setting.



    What I want (and Bill, as far as I can tell) is to have the Yahoo! mail window stay minimized to the taskbar.



    How do we achieve this?

  • Jason May 11, 2010

    What are you actually tring to restore?

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So, basically you want all of your windows to come up at once, but in the location with the size you opened them in?

First, you'd have to open Tools->Folder options (speaking from an XP standpoint; I can't remember the Vista menuing), then click the View tab, and check the boxes for "Remember each folder's view settings" and "Restore previous folder windows at logon". Click apply to all folders, then when you reopen everything, you can press Windows+D to show the desktop then press it again to restore everything.  There is no right-click option for what you're trying to do, but what I'm suggesting is the closest thing to it. 

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  • Jason May 08, 2008

    I'm still unclear to what you want then. Can you explain in a little more detail?

  • Jason May 08, 2008

    Better yet, tell me: What DO you want to happen?

  • Jason May 08, 2008

    The only thing you can do now is to just move them around. Once you click tile or cascade, if you right click the taskbar again, it'll show Undo Tile or Undo Cascade. But if you do 2 tiles or cascades in a row, that undo will be useless.  You'll have to just manually put them back the way you want them, then do the remember window positions.

  • Jason May 08, 2008

    If it's a windows explorer window, when you close a window, it will pop up in the same spot at the same size. If it doesn't, try holding ctrl and shift when you close the window.

    Other applications may be app specific. I'm not sure where the option would be...but most windows are best left maximized, or you can always install the PowerToy for multiple workspaces.

  • Jason May 08, 2008

    Just as an aside, like I said above, once you click cascade or something from the r-click on the taskbar, unless you do an Undo immediately after (as opposed to doing a tile or cascade again), there is no going back unless you manually rearrange the windows and close/reopen them. I'm testing what I'm telling you on an XP machine, so I'm giving it first hand.

    Right click the taskbar, hit Show Desktop, then open the windows individually and arrange them. When you're all done, they should reopen to where you just moved them.

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