I'm assuming you're using WinXP.
Open any folder, & change the view to List.
Then click on the Tools menu near the top & choose Folder Options in the drop-down menu. On the View tab, under Advanced settings:
- put a tick next to 'Remember each folder's view settings', &
- remove the tick from 'Restore previous folder windows at logon'
Then click on the 'Apply to All Folders' button. Apply > OK & exit.
Now check to see if it works as you need it. G