Changing window view to list

Really? It worked for me–even without open windows. My understanding is that the finder background is a window and that it would receive the message (which would gracefully fail, b/c you can’t set it to name.)
I’m using AS 1.6 and OS 9.2.2, perhaps there’s been a change somewhere?

I’m using AS 1.6 with OS 9.2.1. I get an execution error: “Finder got an error: Can’t set window 1 to name”. If I simply say “view of window 1” when there are no windows open it fails, saying “Finder got an error: Can’t get window 1”