Windows opens folder at startup


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Fokke Nauta

Hi all,

Using W7 64b.
Since the last 2 weeks Windows has a strange habit: after being started
up it shows the folder C:\Windows\System32 on my desktop, without any
files or sub folders in it. Useless and everytime I need to close this
folder. I don't know as to why Windows does this; I haven't been in that
folder for ages.
What can I do to stop this? A registry hack somewhere?

Thanks in advance.

Fokke
 
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Rob

Hi all,

Using W7 64b.
Since the last 2 weeks Windows has a strange habit: after being started
up it shows the folder C:\Windows\System32 on my desktop, without any
files or sub folders in it. Useless and everytime I need to close this
folder. I don't know as to why Windows does this; I haven't been in that
folder for ages.
What can I do to stop this? A registry hack somewhere?

Thanks in advance.

Fokke
A good summary of all the possible ways a program can start at login
is here:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1401-startup-programs-change.html

If it is nothing obvious, the easiest way might be to use msconfig
and disable half the startup items. If that doesn't work, re-enable
them and disable the other half. Continue with this 'binary' method,
disabling half of the group which causes the issue and after a few
iterations you should find the culprit.
 
E

Ed Cryer

Fokke said:
Hi all,

Using W7 64b.
Since the last 2 weeks Windows has a strange habit: after being started
up it shows the folder C:\Windows\System32 on my desktop, without any
files or sub folders in it. Useless and everytime I need to close this
folder. I don't know as to why Windows does this; I haven't been in that
folder for ages.
What can I do to stop this? A registry hack somewhere?

Thanks in advance.

Fokke
Run "msconfig" and look at the startup tab. Does anything use that folder?

Ed
 
F

Fokke Nauta

Run "msconfig" and look at the startup tab. Does anything use that folder?

Ed
No, nothing. I don't know where this comes from. Out of the blue Windows
decided to do this.

Fokke
 
F

Fokke Nauta

A good summary of all the possible ways a program can start at login
is here:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1401-startup-programs-change.html

If it is nothing obvious, the easiest way might be to use msconfig
and disable half the startup items. If that doesn't work, re-enable
them and disable the other half. Continue with this 'binary' method,
disabling half of the group which causes the issue and after a few
iterations you should find the culprit.
I have applications that control startup of programs and services. But
nothing leads to this folder. If I can't find something else, I'll try
your method.

Fokke
 
J

Johnny

Hi all,

Using W7 64b.
Since the last 2 weeks Windows has a strange habit: after being started
up it shows the folder C:\Windows\System32 on my desktop, without any
files or sub folders in it. Useless and everytime I need to close this
folder. I don't know as to why Windows does this; I haven't been in that
folder for ages.
What can I do to stop this? A registry hack somewhere?

Thanks in advance.

Fokke
See if this helps:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?id=170086
 
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Fokke Nauta

Hi all,

Using W7 64b.
Since the last 2 weeks Windows has a strange habit: after being started
up it shows the folder C:\Windows\System32 on my desktop, without any
files or sub folders in it. Useless and everytime I need to close this
folder. I don't know as to why Windows does this; I haven't been in that
folder for ages.
What can I do to stop this? A registry hack somewhere?

Thanks in advance.

Fokke
Sorry guys, I haven't looked properly. Very stupid of me :-(
It wasn't the C:\Windows\System32 folder but the C:\Windows\System
folder. This one is empty indeed. This makes a different story.
Apologies :)

Fokke
 
E

Ed Cryer

Fokke said:
Sorry guys, I haven't looked properly. Very stupid of me :-(
It wasn't the C:\Windows\System32 folder but the C:\Windows\System
folder. This one is empty indeed. This makes a different story.
Apologies :)

Fokke
I get very few Google hits for this folder. And it's empty on my machines.
I think you can safely do a regedit for it, and any hit will be highly
suspect.

Ed
 
E

Ed Cryer

Fokke said:
So did I.


OK, so it's naturally there and empty.


OK
I did. Nothing found ...

Fokke
I think we're agreed about the cause here. Some startup procedure is
corrupted so that the folder is opened for user input.
Something like a filename not included in double quotes, or a file
doesn't exist.
The problem is to find that procedure.

There always exists boot-logging when all else has failed. And I think
we're pretty close to that.

Ed
 
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Gene E. Bloch

I think we're agreed about the cause here. Some startup procedure is
corrupted so that the folder is opened for user input.
Something like a filename not included in double quotes, or a file
doesn't exist.
The problem is to find that procedure.

There always exists boot-logging when all else has failed. And I think
we're pretty close to that.

Ed
It is easy to create a startup call to duplicate what Fokke Naute
experiences.

1. Create a shortcut to Windows Explorer.

2. Modify that shortcut to open in C:\Windows\System by changing the
target (in properties) to read

%windir%\explorer.exe %windir%\system

3. Move that shortcut to

"C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start
Menu\Programs\Startup"

That's it.
 
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Char Jackson

The link refers to XP, are those instructions and the .vbs script
valid for Win 7 or only XP?
I prefer to edit the Registry manually rather than using a script.
 

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