How to Open Windows Explorer to Favorites in Windows 7

When you start Windows Explorer using the Pinned Taskbar shortcut, it opens the Libraries folder by default. If you want Explorer to open to Favorites instead, here are a couple of options for you:

Creating a New Desktop Shortcut to Favorites

Right-click on the desktop, click New and click Shortcut.

Type the following path and click Next

explorer.exe shell:::{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}

Assign a name for the shortcut.

Tip: Another way to create a shortcut to Favorites is to open Windows Explorer, click Favorites in the left pane and drag it on to the Desktop.

Want to configure the Windows Explorer Pinned Taskbar icon instead of creating new shortcuts? It’s possible.

Editing Windows Explorer Taskbar Shortcut Target

Right-click Windows Explorer icon in the Taskbar

Right-click Windows Explorer and click Properties.

Type the following path:

explorer.exe shell:::{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}

Click OK.

Fix Disk Defragmenter (dfrgui.exe) Does Not Launch in Windows 7

When you start Disk Defragmenter using any of these ways in Windows 7, nothing may happen except a brief blue circle (hourglass):

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Pinning applications to the Start menu or Taskbar is a great way to access them quickly, especially the ones which you use frequently. However the Pin to.. option isn’t available for Windows Update and perhaps for some other special executables in Windows. To Pin Windows Update icon to the Start menu/Taskbar in Windows 7, here are some neat tricks:

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There has been numerous reports that the Microsoft Update KB3038314 (Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer: April 14, 2015) caused problems with the Search Provider functionality in IE. Additionally in some configurations, the error Windows Update encountered an unknown error error code 80092004 turned up when users tried to install this cumulative update.

There is no fix for these problems right now, but Microsoft is aware of these issues and reportedly working on a solution at present.

If you haven’t installed this update, it’s better. For now, you can even hide the update. To do so, open Windows Update applet, right-click the update Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (KB3038314) and click Hide update.

For those who have installed this update already would be facing a problem where IE search providers cannot be added. This issue is also reported and known to Microsoft. I’d simply wait for a fix from Microsoft in the coming days, while others might prefer to simply uninstall the KB3038314 to restore the ability to add search providers to Internet Explorer.

The Libraries, Homegroup and Favorites section in the Windows Explorer navigation pane prove very useful for most users. However, if you don’t wish to use those options and want to have a barebones navigation pane, here are some customizations for you.

I’ve put together a set of REG files (See section Registry Fix) for you to automate the task, so you don’t have to perform the manual steps below. If you prefer editing them manually if you’re good in registry, then use these steps:

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