My Documents Folder Opens At Windows Startup

Satheesh C B | Saturday, March 21, 2009 | 2 comments

Sometimes when XP boots, instead of going to the desktop and icons, it brings up a window and goes directly into My Documents folder.When you  are facing  such a problem,  is   really  annoying since you have to close it every time.This could be  due to a long file name or a file path with spaces in the startup program list.


To check  it try the following .Click Start - Run, type, MSINFO32 and press enter. This will open the System Information window.Click the Software Environment and then Startup. This will show the exact command lines of the software loaders. if you find any path that uses a long file name or a path with spaces then this entry could be the problem.


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Just follow the steps  to edit the registry settings :-


Start > Run > type "regedit" (without the quotes)
This will open up the registry editor. Then navigate to:
HKLM/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/Winlogon
In there there should be a value (on right hand side of screen) called Userinit.

Change the value that reads as,




If you do see a duplicated string in there similar to the above - simply double click on the Userinit value and edit the data so as to delete everything to the right of the first comma (,). In the case above you would leave only:C:\windows\system32\userinit.exe,


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Close the registry editor and restart the PC. The My Documents window should no longer open automatically at startup.


If you are not comfortable with  registry editing ,then try this solution from  Kellys Korner :My Documents Folder Opens Upon Boot .Download ,save the file , right click and merge


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If that does not help, see what startup applications are running. Get  the Autoruns utility  from and inspect the startup programs.

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  1. I use the Tools function of CCleaner.exe freeware to check on the loaded startup programs.

  2. good info Spark