Try this first. Make the changes you want in any folder in Windows Explorer, then goto Tools > Folder Options, then click the View tab.
Click the button that says, ''Apply to all folders''. Click Apply, then OK. Then test the changes have stuck.
Report back, and if that doesn't work, there may be other things you can try.
I've got an IBM Thinkpad with XP and SP2.
When I open a folder in Windows Explorer it always shows me the files as "Tiles", which I don't like.
I want to have them as a "List"
If I change to "List", windows doesn't keep the settings and returns to the "Tiles" view when I open the folder again.
I've got another laptop with same software and it does keep the changes.
Does anyone know how to sort this out?