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System32 Folder Opens @ Start-up

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#1 blueandgold04


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Posted 27 October 2006 - 06:37 PM

i am running windows xp pro. whenever i boot my pc and log in, all start-up routines are normal. except for the fact that my 'System32' folder opens every time. it seems to have no detrimental effect on my computing, but it does get annoying.

do i need to repair windows?

any help would be appreciated.
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 07:09 PM

Generally, when the Sytem32 folder opens at startup - it's because the system is trying to start a program (that used to be in the System32 folder) that no longer exists.

The most common cause that I've seen is the incomplete removal of a virus or spyware. Has this happened to you recently?

If it's not a virus or spyware, this should be a simple fix to perform by checking out your startups. Here's a free program that will help you do that: http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

Sometimes this is caused by one program calling another at startup - and as such it's a bit harder to figure out what is actually causing it.

If you haven't scanned your system recently, I'd suggest this free, onine scan to check for malware and to check your registry for bad entries: http://safety.live.com/
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