Windows Explorer: open at Computer instead of Libraries

One of the changes in Windows 7 that really annoyed me (and continues to annoy me in Win8 RTM and Server 2012) is that the Windows Explorer insists on opening up in the libraries area instead of the computer (drives, etc) that was the previous default.

You can change that behavior by right-clicking on the Windows Explorer icon in the task bar and then right-click again on Windows Explorer (or File Explorer in Win8) and selecting Properties.

Replace the value listed in the Target field with the following string:

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

This will force Explorer to open in the Computer area which is far more useful given the way I work.

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