It doesn't seem to affect explorer. And yes, i close all explorer windows after i tweak anything and re-open to see the results. It may work on somethings, i dunno as i haven't tried everything. But for example, toolbar buttons....there are none and i can't add any. i've tried a few other things but i can't remember what. But in any case none of them took. The start menu settings work fine, just nothing in explorer.
On a side note, if i ever get this thing working, is there a way to finally fix the view so it's like XP where when you highlight a file or folder the highlighted portion does NOT extend all the way to the right? Yes, i know i can make it do that in list view, but i don't want double rows that occur in list view if there are enough files to require scrolling down.