Somehow my 'user pinned' folder got associated with my desktop. I'm guessing it happened when I was dragging the Quick Launch all the way to the left. Once I corrected it to the path you sent, it works perfectly. Your help was invaluable, thanks again.
On a similar note, you mentioned you 'show hidden and system operating files' so you must have two 'desktop.ini' folders on your desktop. Have you found anyway to hide or move them while still keeping those settings?