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Windows Explorer not Present at Startup

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#1 Mappum


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Posted 05 January 2009 - 06:09 PM

Whenever I start my computer, Windows Explorer is not started. Just a black screen, other than My Documents being opened. To start it, I have to use that open My Documents to go to the Windows directory and open explorer.exe. How can I get it back in startup and what caused this? I have not messed with my startup files or registry or windows or anything like that...
Thanks in advance, mappum.

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#2 hellojoey


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Posted 05 January 2009 - 07:22 PM

after doing some researching on this topic it seams to me that is is common but not very fixable

i would suggest running ccleaner ( http://www.ccleaner.com/ )(free) and malwarebytes anti-malware ( http://www.download.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-...&tag=button ) (use the free version, works very well)

these two programs should clean up just about all of your computer files, and hopefully it could help your problem (if its a malware problem)


i found this on another forum:

MOD EDIT: Backup your registry before attempting any modifications. Even minor mistakes can make your system unbootable.

"open registry (menu Start -> run (or run Comand prompt): regedit).

open: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ Current Version \ Winlogon

At right pane there is "Shell". The value of it must be "explorer.exe" (and nothing more - in my case there was activedebugger.exe too, when I removed it explorer start appear on startup)."


i would try scanning first and then try that

good luck :huh:

Edited by usasma, 06 January 2009 - 09:20 AM.
activated links; added MOD EDIT

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