If Windows XP refuses to remember the View settings for a desktop folder, try the following:
1. Right-click the desktop folder and press Target and Properties.
2. Select the Customize tab.
3. Toggle the Use this folder type as a template, simply to enable the Apply button.
4. Check the Also apply this template to all subfolders box.
5. Press Apply and OK.
6. Double-click the desktop folder.
7. On the View menu, select the view that you want.