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  • [Forum Information Sharing] Step-by-Step: Change the start folder for Windows Explorer


    In Windows 7, when you click Windows Explorer, it opens Libraries. While in Windows XP, it opens (My) Computer directly. How to change this behavior back?


    To change the default start folder for Windows Explorer, you can take the following steps:


    Note: The default start folder can’t be changed if you use Win + E to launch Explorer. 


    1.   Click the Start button and click All Programs, then click Accessories.

    2.   Right click Windows Explorer and click Properties.


    3.   Navigate to the Target box, and change the path:


    1)   For (My) Computer, using the following target path:


    %windir%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}


    The GUID {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} represents the My Computer folder.



    2)   For Documents folder, using the following path:


    %windir%\explorer.exe ::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}


    The GUID {450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103} represents the Documents folder.

            3) Meanwhile, you can add your preferred path in the following way:


              %windir%\explorer.exe [Path]


            For example, to open D:\ disk directly, you can using the path:


             %windir%\explorer.exe D:\


    4.   Click Apply and click OK.

    Applies to:

    Windows 7

    Windows Server 2008 R2

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