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Can you control the default window that Windows Explorer opens in Win2k?

How does one control the default window that Windows Explorer opens in Windows 2000? I start Windows Explorer by...

right-clicking the Start button and selecting 'Explore.' It opens at "C: Documents and SettingsAdministrator Start Menu" [%USERPROFILE%Start Menu].

I checked in the registry at the following locations but did not have much luck changing items 1 & 3 together:

1) HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerShell Folders Personal C:Documents and SettingsAdministratorMy Documents

2) HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerUser Shell Folders Personal %USERPROFILE%My Documents

3) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerShell Folders Personal C:Documents and SettingsAdministratorMy Documents

Here's one other possibility according to Microsoft:

"If you want to change the default view so that the default system drive (the drive where Windows 2000 is installed) is displayed, use the following steps:

Click Start, point to Programs, and then point to Accessories.

Right-click Windows Explorer, and then click Properties.

In the Target box, type the following text:

%SystemRoot%explorer.exe /n,/e

Click OK.

NOTE: To change the view back to the My Documents folder, remove the /N,/E parameters."

This was last published in April 2004

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