Make Windows Explorer open the Computer folder instead of Libraries

In Windows 7 the default location to which Explorer opens is the Libraries folder which contains your Documents.

Type explorer.exe in Start Search and hit enter to see where it opens.

Windows 7 libraries

But if you don’t like this and want your Explorer open to the My Computer location, as used to be done in the earlier versions of Windows, you can have it set so.

Make Windows 7 Explorer open the Computer folder

Open Start menu > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer. Right click & select Properties.

In the Target box, you will see: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe

Copy paste and change it to:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

Using this command makes explorer open in the Computer folder, and even subsequent folders open in the same window.


%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /root,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

opens subsequent folder/s in a different window.

To make the taskbar pinned folder open to Computer folder, instead of Libraries, right-click on its icon and again right click on Windows Explorer and open its Properties box. In the target box use

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

Click Apply > OK.

Your Windows Explorer in Windows 7 will now open at the (My) Computer location.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Darude - Sandstorm

    Thank you so much! I was looking for the solution and this helped 🙂

  2. Alexandru

    Thanks for the tip

  3. Johnny M

    Yes!! Thanks.

  4. Neven Jakopovic

    Excellent… but why does this work?

  5. guest

    because of Bill Gates?

  6. Michael Wright

    just tried it, it doesn’t work

  7. CodeLurker

    For completeness, you might mention that the icon for “Computer” may be found in the shell32.dll file.

  8. Garrett

    Well, the Explorer shortcut in the “All Programs > Accessories” is not the same shortcut, that is pinned to the Taskbar.

  9. jondoe

    works like a charm, how does microsoft manage to hide all its usefull functions.

  10. Zayed Quaiyum

    Einhorn and Finkle?

  11. Debian Sid

    Tysm, worked fine.

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