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P.Watson

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Each time I start up my computer, the c:\windows folder is open on my desktop!! This never used to happen. Can anyone advise how to stop it opening on startup?????
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P.Watson

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Anybody any ideas - Do I need to delete something from my startup menu in msconfig??

This has only started happening recently - since I had to reformat my hard drive.
 

Del

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I would go to msconfig and startup and make sure explorer is not listed, the easiest and fastest fix is to uncheck it and you're done.
 

P.Watson

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No Explorer listed in startup
Checked Items are

Windows MGM
Scan REsgistry
Task monitor
OEM cleanup
System tray
Load Power profile
Load QM
Still Image monitor
Adaptec DirectCD
Windows MGM ( again)
Load Power Porfile ( again)
Correct Connect
description of shortcut c:\windows\applicationdata\microsoft\installer
Epson Status Monitor 3
run=

Im not sure why a couple of items are listed twice - is this normal???

Can you see anything in there that may cause the windos folder to open on my desktop after every startup?
 
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Start/run/msconfig/startup tab. Uncheck everything except:

Scanreg
Task Monitor
System Tray
Both Load Power Profiles
Still Image Monitor (if you have a scanner)

Does it boot correctly now?
 

pyritechips

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If "description of shortcut c:\windows\applicationdata\microsoft\installer" is an item by itself in msconfig/startup, uncheck it.

Load powerprofile is correctly listed twice, To operate correctly, Windows runs it from the Run list and also the services list in the registry.

LoadQM is an unecessary part of MSN Messenger and can be safely unchecked.
 

P.Watson

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Thanks guys - that worked fine No more windows folder on startup!!

The pc starts quicker also. Is it wise to visit this on a regualr basis and uncheck unnecessary boxes
 

pyritechips

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Glad to hear it works!

Lots of software will set itself up to load at system startup. This is an unecessary waste of system resources. My personal rule of thumb is: nothing starts with windows (except Anti-Virus software). If I want something to run, I turn it on when I need it and turn it off when I'm done with it. Most software will have an option to have it run or not at wywtem startup. If it doesn't but runs, then use msconfig/startup to turn it off.

Become familiar with your startup list. Other things can put themselves in there also, like spyware and virii. Notice anything new in there, then ask yourself where it came from. Become suspicious if you haven't installed any software.
 
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