Personally, I've not found a method to stop this from happening. I've been using XP for about 4 years and the view in my pictures, my music, etc. changes randomly.
I just change it to the view that I prefer at the time.
I've read many posts about this, but not one definitive answer to the problem. The fixes that I've tried, simply do not work. I believe it to be just another Microsoftism, in a list of many.
You may be chasing a ghost. If you catch it, let us know.
Best of Luck
I know, Mr. Profitt, it's been answered before...
XP home keeps reverting view folder options and won't "remember" "view / explorer bar / folders" even when "tools / folder options / apply to all folders" is approved, OK'd and blessed.
Reboot the system and the selections are gone...have another machine that won't remember local network IDs in the same way.
The C-NET eletter even had a special some months back on a keyboard/shutdown combination that helps set these radio buttons, but I didn't have time at the time to deal with it. Now, it's lost in the archives.
Is there a keyboard combo that writes to system registry so they are the same on startup?