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When I right click on Start and choose Explore, the default folder is C:\..bla bla\Start Menu

I want to change that so the default folder that opens is my network drive. I have found how to change the target folder when I go to Programs>Accessories>Windows Explorer (change the Target in Properties), but that change did not affect the window that opens up when I right click on the Start menu and choose Explore.

How do I change that default folder?

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You would have to change that in the Registry at this key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

In the right-hand pane look for 'Start Menu" and edit the path.
Backup the key (File -> Export) before editing anything.
 

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OK, I've gotten to the part where I found the key. It is currently:
%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu

What do I need to change it to for it to open up the root of my H:\ drive?

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If that's all you want, then it would be just:
H:\

Backup the key (User Shell Folders) before you change anything, so you can restore it if you have to.
 
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Just to add - this is a strange request. Wouldn't a shortcut on your desktop to the H: drive, perhaps dragged to the Quick Launch toolbar, not be a better solution?
 

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Well...perhaps for some. But I like being able to use Windows Explorer to manage my files and the above worked just GREAT for me.

thanks for your help!!

On a related side note: When I re-booted, and opened up Explorer, It opened my root H:\ drive like I wanted, but the folder icons have now changed. Rather than being the typical yellow folder icon, they are now an icon that looks like the yellow folder with a table(?), or something like that, in front of the folder.

Not a big deal, but curious as to why the change.

Again, thanks for your help!
 
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Rather than being the typical yellow folder icon, they are now an icon that looks like the yellow folder with a table(?), or something like that, in front of the folder
Can't picture it, but probably to indicate they are on a network drive.
 
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