Windows Explorer —
The default Windows interface, including the Start menu, the Desktop, the Taskbar, the Search tool, the Windows Explorer window, and all folder windows.
Start → Programs → Accessories → Windows Explorer
Command Prompt →
Double-click My Computer or any folder icon on the Desktop or in any folder window
explorer.exe [/n] [/e] [,/root,
The Explorer is the default Windows shell (see Figure 4-103). It creates the Desktop, Taskbar, and the Start menu the first time it is run. Running it thereafter (without any command-line parameters) opens a two-paned window (commonly referred to simply as “Explorer”) in which you can navigate through all of the files, folders, and other resources on your computer.
Figure 4-103. Windows Explorer is the primary means of file and folder management in Windows XP
Explorer accepts the following command-line options (note the mandatory commas):
Forces Explorer to open a new window (even if the specified folder is already open somewhere).
Instructs Explorer to display the Folders Explorer Bar (commonly known as the tree) rather than the default single-folder view. In most cases, you’ll want to use