The Windows Explorer default folder is the folder that is shown when Windows Explorer is started on your PC.
This is the My Documents folder if you use Windows XP, the Documents folder if you happen to use Windows Vista, or the Libraries if you use Windows 7 or later.
While most users might find it comfortable that those are the default folders others prefer to work with different folders and largely ignore the My Documents, Documents or Libraries folder.
If you use another folder more often than the default folder, you may want to consider changing the default folder to it as it can save you quite a bit of time doing so as you won't have to switch to it every time you open Windows Explorer on your system.
I happen to be one of them and found a way to change the default Windows Explorer folder. To do that you have to open the Windows Explorer Properties and the easiest way to access those is by opening the Start Menu, All Programs, Accessories and right-clicking on the Windows Explorer entry there.
If you are using Windows 7 or newer, you find Windows Explorer on the taskbar as well so that you can perform the operation on it without having to browse the start menu to do so. You need to right-click on the Windows Explorer icon and then again on Windows Explorer displayed here.
Select Properties from the menu that pops up which should display the windows Explorer Properties.
Select the Shortcut tab if it is not selected yet and locate the Target field in this menu. It should display %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe. Append /n, /e, path to it so that you get a string that looks like this: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, path with path being the hard drive and folder that you want to display as the default one in Windows Explorer. (e:\ for instance)
The target field could look like this then: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, e:\ if you want drive e to be the root folder when Windows Explorer gets opened.
Update: If you are using Windows 7 or newer, try the following syntax instead:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N, e: to display drive e when you load Windows Explorer.
You can test the changes right away. If everything was set the right way Windows Explorer should now display the folder that you have added in the Target field instead of the default folder.
If something does not work, go back to the target field and make sure everything was set up correctly here.
Update: Here are select system folders that you can make the default folder if you are using Windows 7 or newer.
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