The default view in Windows XP and Vista is tiles. If you’d like to set the default view to thumbnails, Filmstrip, Icons, List or Details, it can be done easily. Here’s the procedure-
1. Open any folder in windows and choose the appropriate view that you want set as default for each folder in windows. I am using thumbnail view for this example.
2. After applying the view, go to Tools > Folder Options. Click on the view tab, then click on Apply to all Folders.
A dialog will be displayed to confirm the setting. Click on yes, and press OK to close the folder option window.
That’s it. The default view is now changed to thumbnails. You can set any view as the default view in windows explorer using this trick.