Actually my recollection is that in some prior version of Windows there
was some options you could configure to decide on a default view but
these user-configurable options disappeared. Alas, my memory is
getting fuzzy lately.
I would take odds on some update or service pack since the original
release of Windows XP replaces the comdlg32.dll file and why this
crack approach would gets undone by a Windows update.
For example, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938635 describes where this
system file gets replaced by a hotfix. My version is newer than
described in that article so some Windows update has already replaced
that file. I do not why the author decided to go this route since this
file seems an obvious target for inclusion in updates.
comdlg32.dll is a Windows Common Dialog library. It contains many
dialogs, not just the browser dialog you asked about. That means this
file would get replaced anytime Microsoft updated or fixed one of their
common dialogs buried in this file. It has dialogs for file open/save,
printer, page setup, find text, font selection, color chooser, and more.
it is a repository of common dialogs. If any of them get updated or
changed, the file gets changed and an update will push the new version
onto your host. So, poof, the cracked old version gets overwritten.
One other suggestion that I read about (but have not tried) is setting
the view on the folder that you want to use by default (i.e., open
Windows Explorer and change to the view you want) and then going into
Folder Options, View tab, and click on "Apply to All Folders". I just
cannot see that this really applies to attributes of the browser object
used for the File Open/Save dialog but, hey, sometimes the ridiculous