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Just for quick reference really, I always hated Windows 7 file explorer icon defaulting to the Libraries view. No surprise really but it’s continued on in to Windows 8.

To change File Explorer so that when clicked it loads the Computer view (showing your Hard Drives / Network Locations etc) by default you can run through the below.

  1. Hold Shift and Right Click the File Explorer icon that’s on the Task Bar.
  2. Select Properties
  3. Replace the existing Target: text with the following:
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  4. Hit Apply, then click Ok

Now when you open up File Explorer it will show My Computer instead of Libraries.