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I'd like to have Windows Explorer open at my C:\ drive when I press Windows + E, rather than at some to-me useless location; every single time I open Explorer (which I do a lot), I have to scroll down to C:\, etc. - a waste of time and an unwanted trip to Aggravation Station.

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Putting files directly in C: is a very bad habit. –  Joel Coehoorn Nov 1 '12 at 18:36
    
Why would you say that? I've always done that. –  B. Clay Shannon Nov 1 '12 at 21:38
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I used to do it to, back in the Windows 98 days, but now it's just wrong. For one, standard users only have read access at the root level by default, so it forces you to run as administrator. That by itself is reason enough. –  Joel Coehoorn Nov 1 '12 at 23:34
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Instead, you have a my documents folder, or a public users documents folder, or even the root of your profile folder, all of which are easy to access via the navigation pane in windows explorer. –  Joel Coehoorn Nov 1 '12 at 23:36
    
I wasn't talking about putting files in C:\, but rather folders created in C:\ I hate the "My Documents" folder and all that crap. –  B. Clay Shannon Jul 5 '13 at 23:26
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You need to change your explorer shortcut to: %windir%\explorer.exe c:\

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As far as I know, the WinKey+E hotkey does not use a shortcut. –  EBGreen Nov 1 '12 at 18:32
    
I thought it might be C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tools but it isn't.... still trying to find where it is linked up at –  Bryan Denny Nov 1 '12 at 18:35
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A normal Explorer shortcut can be modified as mentioned by Bryan (explorer.exe <path>).

To modify Win+E's default behaviour however, you'd need an AutoHotKey script like the following:

#e:: Run explorer.exe C:\
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AutoHotKey is what I generally recommend for this as well. –  EBGreen Nov 1 '12 at 18:44
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What I normally do is Win+R to bring up the run dialog. You can enter any path here and Explorer will open at that path. I prefer this over Win+E because I have a number of network drives mapped that I will use as often as anything local.

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That would be just as time-consuming and annoying. –  B. Clay Shannon Nov 1 '12 at 21:39
    
The run dialog has autocomplete to make typing a path go very fast. –  Joel Coehoorn Nov 1 '12 at 23:36
    
That only helps if you can recall the exact name of the path, which I usually can't; as Foghorn Leghorn said (I'm paraphrasing, perhaps), "I've got the memory of a sieve!" –  B. Clay Shannon Nov 2 '12 at 15:10
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