The System32 folder opens at startup because of a corrupt registry value
. The value could have been corrupted for a number of reasons to include malware or installing/uninstalling a program which did not install/uninstall itself properly.
The problem could also be caused by empty run entries in your startup shortcuts which will open the system32 folder. The first thing to do is check the startup run registry entries with AutoRuns
and if any are present, remove those entries.
If that does not resolve the issue, click on the link below:http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
Scroll down to #260 and click "System32 Folder Opens Upon Boot" in the right column. You will be prompted to download xp_systems32opens.vbs
. Save the file to your desktop and double-click on it to run the script. Since the script modifies certain registry settings you may receive an alert from your anti-virus or any script blocking program. Ignore the warning and allow it to continue.
Also see System32 Folder Opens When Logging on to Windows
This solution involves making changes in the Windows registry
. Always Create a New Restore Point
and back up your registry before making any changes
users can refer to these instructions
. If you're not familiar with working in the registry, then you should NOT attempt to make any changes on your own. Improper changes to the registry could adversely affect your computer and render it inoperable
is an excellent free tool that allows you to to take a snapshot (backup) of your registry before making changes and restore it when needed.
Note: By design, Windows displays compressed or encrypted files and folders with a unique color. Windows compressed files that do not get used frequently are displayed in blue
(NTFS compression) and encrypted files are in green