Hello robert_ca and welcome to Geeks to Go!
For your first question, it's easier than a registry edit. Just open an explorer window and choose the view you want. Next, go to Tools | Folder Options
, select the View
tab, and click Apply to All Folders
As for the second item, I don't know if there is a way to have explorer open to the last location, but you can choose where it opens:Set Windows Explorer startup folder
The other option you have is, in the same view as before, choose "Restore previous folder windows at logon" in the Advanced settings
section. Then if you leave a folder open in explorer when you log off, it will come back when you log on.