I had a similar problem which some kind soul on this very forum helped me with: folders kept reverting to thumbnail view.
Open Windows Explorer an open any folder - it doesn't matter which one - and choose the view it as you'd like your default to be (ie details, filmstrip, whatever); choose Tools/Folder Options/View; then select 'Apply to all folders'. Click OK and it should now apply the same view to all folders. You may have to close Explorer and reopen it, but it worked for me!
The status bar problem I'm not sure about - I've had it myself occasionally, but it might be that the above steps might sort that out as well - and maybe your alphabetical ordering problem too!