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Windows Explorer opens on startup

Discussion in 'Software' started by mbmadiw, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. mbmadiw

    mbmadiw Corporal

    When my mom starts up her computer, Windows Explorer opens to c:\Programs\Common. It just starting doing this a few days ago. Any ideas why or how to stop it?
     
  2. mbmadiw

    mbmadiw Corporal

    It happens just on startup and doesn't come back if closed. When you start up the computer again, it pops back up.
     
  3. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    In the explorer window, go to Tools / Options / View tab / uncheck Restore previous folder windows at logon.
     
  4. mbmadiw

    mbmadiw Corporal


    Sorry, but that option is not checked, so I can't uncheck it. Any other ideas? Thanks.
     
  5. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    Anything in the start up folder?

    Is there a value in this registry key?
    To resolve this issue, delete the DesktopProcess value from the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    Also check this:
    Go to Start/Run/win.ini and delete any command after Run= . Then Save As as you leave notepad.
     
  6. mbmadiw

    mbmadiw Corporal


    Here is the win.ini file. Couldn't find any Run=

    ; for 16-bit app support
    [fonts]
    [extensions]
    [mci extensions]
    [files]
    [Mail]
    MAPI=1
    CMCDLLNAME32=mapi32.dll
    CMCDLLNAME=mapi.dll
    CMC=1
    MAPIX=1
    MAPIXVER=1.0.0.1
    OLEMessaging=1
    [MCI Extensions.BAK]
    aif=MPEGVideo
    aifc=MPEGVideo
    aiff=MPEGVideo
    asf=MPEGVideo
    asx=MPEGVideo
    au=MPEGVideo
    m1v=MPEGVideo
    m3u=MPEGVideo
    mp2=MPEGVideo
    mp2v=MPEGVideo
    mp3=MPEGVideo
    mpa=MPEGVideo
    mpe=MPEGVideo
    mpeg=MPEGVideo
    mpg=MPEGVideo
    mpv2=MPEGVideo
    snd=MPEGVideo
    wax=MPEGVideo
    wm=MPEGVideo
    wma=MPEGVideo
    wmv=MPEGVideo
    wmx=MPEGVideo
    wpl=MPEGVideo
    wvx=MPEGVideo
    [IRIS_IPE]
    menu=1
    [Readiris]
    Scanner32=Twaino38,22
    [DPE]
    Toolbar=1
    SN75=43011702
    [Drivers.drv]
    {3AAE5FBA-5A01-413E-8476-58EEAB002A86}=28282828481D0A6828282828BC670E5080476250718C055078476250


    I can find nothing in the start up folder. What I found in the registry key is attached.
     

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  7. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    In the registry ..expand the desktop key ....what is there?
     
  8. mbmadiw

    mbmadiw Corporal

    Cleanup Wiz folder is the only thing
     
  9. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    Go to START>SETTINGS>TASKBAR AND START MENU
    On here use the tabs at teh top and go to the START MENU
    In Here Click on the ADVANCED button
    Now you can navigate to the PROGRAMS which are under the START MENU that is highlighted, One of the folders is labeled START UP.

    It is possible that you will find Explorer in theat folder which means it will start when windows starts,

    If there are other users of your PC then there will be other start up folders for them in exactly the same layout as the one you have just navigated through.

    Have a look at each of them just in case.

    Is taskmgr running c:\Programs\Common ....?
     
  10. mbmadiw

    mbmadiw Corporal



    Nothing in the Start Up folder, no other users and taskmgr is not running it either. :confused:
     
  11. bigbazza

    bigbazza R.I.P. 14/12/2011 - Good Onya Geek

    You can control what Folders windows Explorer opens up, by amending the default.

    Some examples; Note the spaces in between commands.

    C:\windows\explorer.exe /n, /e, c:
    will open up all drives, but with an expanded c: drive showing all Folders within C:

    C:\windows\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, c:\
    will open up showing all drives but with a collapsed C drive

    C:\windows\explorer.exe
    with no arguments will open up into My Documents folder.:mad:
    This is the default that XP installs :p
    and was the first thing I banished when installing XP Pro.

    You should be able to modify your Windows Explorer shortcut by right clicking on it, selecting Properties, and loading whatever argument (from above) that you like.

    I actually have 2 shortcuts. One to an Expanded C; drive, called Explorer.;)

    The other I have called MyExplorer, and it opens up with the collapsed C; drive version above.

    My Documents shortcut opens up into My Documents (duh) as it should. :D
    Hope this helps. Bazza
    ===

     
  12. mbmadiw

    mbmadiw Corporal

    Sorry, but I'm a little confused by your answer. Explorer opens on it's own when the computer starts. We want to stop that, not have it open to something else. What command would I use to stop it from opening on start up?
     
  13. bigbazza

    bigbazza R.I.P. 14/12/2011 - Good Onya Geek

    explorer.exe is required to be able to run Windows, as you probably know.
    Pressing Ctrl-Alt-Delete and click on the Processes tab will show it there.
    As to why it appears when you startup I suggest that you try TimW's suggestions.
    Sorry I cannot assist further. Bazza

    ===

     
  14. mbmadiw

    mbmadiw Corporal



    Have any other ideas TimW? Thanks!
     
  15. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    Look at these registry values and see if explorer is listed :
    Two main locations exist in the registry:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    The Data field lists the program and its associated information. You may right-click on any program and choose delete to prevent it from executing at startup.
     

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