Hiker, when I bring up WinExplorer (WinKey + E), I adjust my View as I like it (Details, Show Hidden-System, etc.), even STATUS Bar.
Then I go to the TOOLS menu, FOLDER OPTIONS and switch to the VIEW tab. Then I click on the APPLY TO FOLDERS button... yes, yes, I'm sure... just do it.
Then I exit.
My WinExplorer Views should now be the same.
As for those Synonymed Folders, yes, what a pain. Boy, wait until you fall into Win7 and Win8 - they have synthetic Libraries (collections of folders, including these synonymed fake ones) plus even MORE synonymed fake-name folder groupings.
I still don't understand "Why not make it simpler than lying about what a Real Folder is and what it's not." I have gotten used to it and try to avert my eyes.
It's my best (and only) advice on the matter.