We’re well on our way to using only Server 2008 here. In fact, I had a few extra unused 2003 machines laying around, and decided to upgrade them to 2008 for various tasks. Shortly after the initial configuration (update, join domain, run through my server checklist, etc) I noticed the Explorer windows were opening in a new window each time. I double checked the Folder Options >> General >> Open each folder in the same window was checked. But for some reason, Server 2008 was ignoring it.
Reminded me of the fight around Nautilus in Gnome on linux over ‘spatial browsing’ and the purity of the metaphor of the desktop interface versus getting work done and how we use computers. I love debates like that 🙂
Figuring it was a recent update via WSUS/Microsoft Update, I checked my production servers. Nope; they all handle shell browsing non-spatially, i.e. in the same window. So what was different? Well, I actually installed IE8 on these machines, planning to update to IE9 eventually anyway. The other machines all had IE7.
Internet Explorer isn’t the shell, but it kind of is, even if it isn’t.
Shortly thereafter I found this Technet thread with my solution: run IE8 as Administrator. I closed it just as soon as I opened it, and voila, problem solved. No messy regedits etc as seen in the thread.
Filed under “Maybe this can help someone else.”