Change Windows Explorer taskbar icon behavior for default user

Hello:

I'm trying to find a way to change the default behavior of the pinned icon for Windows Explorer.  By default, it opens to the library view.  We want to change this to open to the computer view (and show all of the computer drives and mapped drives) for the default user so it applies to ALL users on the PCs.  Microsoft posts a way to apply this to the default user profile, but the process to do so is very convoluted as it requires a user to log in and modify its profile, then run sysprep to apply the settings to the default user on that machine.  However, we are looking for a way to apply this to the default user profile without using sysprep.  We use an imaging system that applies the CD image and uses an unattend.xml file, so sysprep won't do us any good.  I also don't see a way to apply this in unattend.xml either.  I have to believe this is possible somehow by modifying a shortcut somewhere in the Default (Default User) profile, but I cannot find out where this information is kept.  Can anybody shed some light on this one?  I've looked all over and found posts about people trying to do the same thing, but no solid solution.
Thank you!
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centervCommented:
Not sure if this is what you're looking for or how to apply over the network.

http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/windows-7-open-windows-explorer-as-my-computer-drive-view/ 
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tshscAuthor Commented:
Yes, that is what we want to do, however we want to apply that change to the Default user profile on our PCs.  So that when we image a new PC, every user that logs on will get that setting.  This is where we hit a dead end.  I don't see a way to do this, without using sysprep (which won't do us any good as we are not using sysprep with our system imaging... we install a base CD image and apply settings with unattend.xml).

If anybody knows of a way to simply change this setting for the Default user profile, that will solve our issue.  This has to be stored somewhere in the Default user profile, I just can't find out where.

Thank you!
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centervCommented:
If you can open your image file you may be able to replace the 2 shortcuts needed and recompile it.
Not positive will work.

You can also try option C as per link

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/springboard/archive/2009/10/30/configuring-default-user-settings-full-update-for-windows-7.aspx 
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tshscAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the feedback.  I use the same method as Option C in that article already for other items.  The problem with this one, is it's not documented where this setting is located within the Default user profile.  I think for now we might use Option D (Runonce) to try and implement this.  That seems to be the only way to make it actually apply to new profiles created on the machines.
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centervCommented:
Using the example on first link, it seems as all you need is to change the properties on 2 shorcuts.
By placing those in the file should do it  :-)
However, I seem to recall that I also saw that option in gpo.
Can't recall exactly but I'm almost positive.
Will look if/when I get opportunity.
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tshscAuthor Commented:
Yes, that is correct, setting the properties manually does work.  However, those shortcut files do not exist in the Default user profile.  And if you put them in there, they do not get replicated to the new users that log in.  That's where we run into our issue, there doesn't seem to be any automatic way to do this with the Default user profile.  I did verify that by using RunOnce, and writing a script to manually copy the "Windows Explorer.lnk" over to : "%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\".  I also checked in GPO and didn't see it after my first run through.
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centervCommented:
Don't see anything in gpo either.
The only other option that comes to mind is to use the older method shortcut
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/root,
as it may not be detected and deleted once placed in the profile.
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