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Windows XP boots and opens folder in Windows Explorer

When I boot up my computer running Windows XP, a program folder opens in Windows Explorer. It happens to be C:Program FilesDell, but I doubt if that matters. I just have to close the window, but how do I prevent this from opening? It's a Dell Dimension 5100.

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  • Lee Nov 16, 2008

    Nick, your advice appears to direct me to the correct help at Microsoft, where I read



    To resolve this issue, delete the DesktopProcess value from the following registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer


    When I check this item, there is no value set. Any other ideas?


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Here are instructions on how to fix this, directly from Microsoft. You are not the only person who has been baffled by this little gem. Here's the link on their website:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q228502

A note: Microsoft advises that when you go to change the registry, you be careful, and that is very good advice.

Cheers
Nick

Posted on Nov 14, 2008

  • Nick Nicholson
    Nick Nicholson Nov 16, 2008

    Two things additionally:

    1) Check your startup folder and make sure nothing is in there opening up that folder, and
    2) go to START > RUN > MSCONFIG

    Look in the startup section, and remove anything that is related to explorer. This is where a lot of your taskbar apps load, as well as a lot of unnecessary things. If you see something you aren't using, uncheck the box and it won't load on restart. As with everything XP related, be careful about what you disable. If you aren't certain what something is, then leave it alone. After you are done making changes, you'll have to reboot for them to take effect.

    Cheers


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It will be better if you print these instructions since you will need to type many commands later. I'm typing a detailed procedure to recover your windows.


It's possible that somehow your Windows registry is corrupted. But there is a backup. Only thing is you need to manually restore it.

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Microsoft Windows(R) Recovery Console 

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1: C:\WINDOWS

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Type 1 and press enter.

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copy sam c:\tmp\sam.bak

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copy default c:\tmp\default.bak

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copy c:\windows\repair\system .

copy c:\windows\repair\software .

copy c:\windows\repair\sam .

copy c:\windows\repair\security .

copy c:\windows\repair\default .


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Remove the CD and boot normally in Windows (even if you get the grub menu)

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Click Yes when the dialog box is displayed that confirms that you want to display these files. 

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Now, once again put your XP CD in to your CD Drive and reboot using the CD. Again press R for the recovery console.

At the console, type these commands one by one per line and press enter after every command:

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copy c:\windows\tmp\_registry_machine_system system

copy c:\windows\tmp\_registry_machine_sam sam

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copy c:\windows\tmp\_registry_user_.default default 


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HTH,
Regards,
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