It's a matter of time. Good were the days when almost no application
knew how to put overlays on your file icons in Explorer. These days it
seems this is the coolest thing ever and virtually all file system type
of utilities want to add their own.
Sooner or later you will install some utility and not notice anything different. But
after the next reboot, poof, your TortoiseSVN overlays are gone. And,
how much time elapsed between the utility installation and that reboot,
you may not have the slightest clue of what happened. Reinstalling
TSVN won't fix it
TFS Power tools, Dropbox, Mozy, stop breaking my TSVN overlays
I should not blame these applications for a Windows shell
limitation. To be fair, TSVN is the greater offender of them all.
It seems that the shell only supports 15 different
icon overlays and TSVN creates 9 of those. After 15 the
shell starts ignoring the extra ones. The trick is that
Windows chooses the first 15 alphabetically from their entries in
the system registry.
I love simple fixes
The fix is rather obvious; just make sure the overlays you
want to be active are registered alphabetically before the
ones you can live without.
Open the registry editor and go to
and look at all the child keys in there. It will be obvious that, if you want to
preserve the TSVN overlays like me, you need to keep the ones starting with Tortoise*
before the other ones.
If you look at the image below you'll see that I changed my entries by
prefixing the undesirable ones with z_, following
someone else's suggestion.
After that change you just need to kill and restart explorer.exe using Task Manager (or
logoff or reboot the machine depending on your tolerance to pain.)
I believe this is a common problem so I hope this tip helps somebody.
01-05-2010 3:13 AM