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There's similar question answered regarding Vista. And I'd like to disable automatic folder template recognition in Windows XP. Is that possible?

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You should be able to do the following:

  1. Open a folder
  2. Click View, and select the type of view you want to set as the default
  3. Click Tools, Folder Options, View, and then select Apply to All Folders.
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