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C:\windows Folder Opens After Log In

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#1 Leesa246


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Posted 23 July 2006 - 06:46 PM

Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2

After I turn on my computer and log into my name, the C:\Windows folder opens directly on my screen, before I click any buttons. It does it automatically. It has been like that for a few months now and is constant. It never skips a startup. It only occurs when I first start up, not when I log in/out after the start up.

Can you help me stop this? Thanks!

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 11:47 PM

Something is calling on a program in the C:\Windows directory - and the program is no longer there, so Windows opens up the folder to show that it's done it's job!

The tricky part is figuring out what this is. Here's a nifty list that I just found that will show you where to look: http://www.governmentsecurity.org/articles...deonstartup.php

There are simpler ways to do this. The easiest is to remember what programs that you removed around the time that this started happening. If it was spyware or a virus - then this could be the result of an incomplete fix by your utilities.

If not, then you'll have to examine your startups for entries that:
1) Point to the C:\Windows directory and
2) That refer to a file that no longer exists in that directory.

To start, go to Start...Run...and type in "msconfig" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Then go through the tabs to see if you can find it there.

If not, then I'd suggest that you use Autoruns by SysInternals (it's free) to help track it down. Here's a link for the download page: http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Autoruns.html

Then it's just a matter of wading through the details until you can locate the bugger. Then disabling it to make sure it's the one that you need to disable.
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Posted 27 July 2006 - 07:52 PM

actually mines does this too..a little diffrent...when windows loads...C:\WINDOWS comes up...but thats all it does and i just close it and its just started happening..

hahaha nvm its the batch file "winstart" sorry for wasting ur time

Edited by moomoo, 27 July 2006 - 07:53 PM.

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