Very annoying problem with Windows XP

I have this extremely annoying problem with XP. Whenever I open Windows Explorer or any other program group the window never remembers what state I last left it in.

That is - sometimes it shows the Detail view and other times the same window shows the Icon view. I have tried setting the default view and applying it to one or all windows but it does no good.

Is the registry corrupt ?

Thankyou !

That’s a goodie. Thanks for the tip. I’ve been meaning to look into a solution for this for years.