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RE: No overlays on Windows 7 with dropbox

From: Bob Archer <bob.archer_at_amsi.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 15:43:43 -0400

> On Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 14:44, Bob Archer <bob.archer_at_amsi.com> wrote:
> >> On Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 13:48, Bob Archer <bob.archer_at_amsi.com>
> wrote:
> >> >> On Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 13:27, Bob Archer <bob.archer_at_amsi.com>
> >> wrote:
> >> >> > Hello,
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I am wondering if anyone else has run into this and/or found a
> >> fix.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I recently installed Dropbox (getdropbox.com) on my machine and
> >> the
> >> >> tortoise
> >> >> > overlays are now no longer working. The dropbox overlays are
> >> working
> >> >> fine.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > This is Win7 RTM Professional 64-Bit.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I am using Tortiose 1.6.5 64-Bit version. (I don't have the 32-
> bit
> >> >> version
> >> >> > installed)
> >> >>
> >> >> I suspect the Dropbox overlays are interfering with the Tortoise
> >> ones.
> >> >> There are only so many overlay "slots" in Explorer, and if
> Dropbox
> >> is
> >> >> using them up before Tortoise can get in, then Tortoise can't
> show
> >> you
> >> >> any overlays.
> >> >>
> >> >> Can you disable Dropbox overlays?
> >> >>
> >> >> I believe a similar issue has been reported with Mozy and
> reported
> >> to
> >> >> Mozy support.
> >> >
> >> > No, I looked and didn't see an option in Dropbox to disable the
> >> overlays. Is there any way I can see how many overlays are
> >> installed/setup whatever?
> >>
> >>
> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\S
> >> hellIconOverlayIdentifiers
> >> looks likely. It's probably in the TSVN docs somewhere too, I'm not
> >> sure.
> >>
> >> > I will also send dropbox an email, see what they say.
> >> >
> >> > If I reinstall Tortioise will its overlays win instead of
> Dropbox's?
> >>
> >> It's probably determined at runtime. The TSVN overlay key names I
> see
> >> have numbers at the beginning of them, so it may be possible to hack
> >> around with those to change priority, but I honestly don't know what
> >> it'd do. Insert standard regedit disclaimers here.
> >>
> >
> > The ones in my registry don't have numbers. I see that dropbox has
> three and starting with D they are the first three... Here is my list:
> >
> > DropboxExt1
> > DropboxExt2
> > DropboxExt3
> > EnhancedStorageShell
> > Offline Files
> > SharingPrivate
> > TortoiseAdded
> > TortoiseConflict
> > TortoiseDeleted
> > TortoiseIgnored
> > TortoiseLocked
> > TortoiseModified
> > TortoiseNormal
> > TortoiseReadOnly
> > TortoiseUnversionsed
> >
> > I read somewhere that you can only have 11 on Win7? Not sure if that
> is true. Are you saying these are just loaded in ABC order? Or, is it
> first come first serve?
> >
> > It seems that the Added and Deleted are working. I didn't want to
> test locked. Modified, Normal, Unversioned aren't working.
>
> Stefan would know better than I how they're loaded, but based upon
> your testing, it looks like they're loaded in the order you list
> above. Locked is #11 in your list; the 3 you list which aren't working
> are 12, 13 and 15.
>
> > Is there no way to hack windows to have it support more overlays? I
> mean really... what's up with such a small limit?
>
> Ask Microsoft.

I added a community comment to the MSDN doc about this here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc144123%28VS.85%29.aspx. Although I don't see it displayed any more. Not sure why.

If someone knows how to request this limit be raised. It seems like is has to do with the System Image List I would be happy to vote for it as important. As I assume every TortioiseXXXX users would.

BOb

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