I've long had the same annoyance as Buttsy had, about how to open Explorer in folder view using XP, and finally decided to do a Google search for a solution.
I discovered this thread, and Windows BBS, from that search and also the answer to my question.
I tried Noahdfear's solution (relayed from sd2) and it was simple, quick and effective. I'd like to post my grateful thanks to him/her, and to Pete C, for their very helpful information.
I decided the site was so useful I'd register as a user so I could post this thankyou to Noahdfear, but then discovered the topic was too old so I couldn't do it.
Anyway, Arie has now allowed me to add my comments, so "Thanks", Noahdfear.
What a great site!