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My Documents launches at user login


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I'm fixing a computer for someone and I noticed that My Documents launches on startup for both uses. I ran MSConfig and CCleaner, but the only startup items are AVG, MirrorFolder and Webshots.

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curious is there a My Documents refrence at this location ?

C:\Documents and Settings\(the users account)\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

if so it will start up that way

CCleaner would have found it, but I did double-check and there's nothing in there or the All Users startup folder.

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well this isnt my work im just ccp the info for you,, i hope it will help

Need to find out where programs launch themselves from? Check out the following or if you want to know for without a lot of searching. A good solution is to download AutoStart Guard, the Freeware Autostart Viewing, Alerting & Control System for Window.

* RunServiceOnce subkey : designed to start service programs before user logs on and before other registry subkeys start.

o HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce registry key

o HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce registry key

* RunServices subkey : loads immediately after RunServicesOnce and before user logon.

o HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices registry key

o HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices registry key

* Run subkey : The Run subkey in HKLM runs immediately before the Run subkey in HKCU.

o HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run registry key

o HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run registry key

* RunOnce subkey : primarily used by Setup programs. The HKLM subkey version of RunOnce runs programs immediately after logon and before other registry Run entries. The HKCU subkey version of RunOnce runs programs after Run subkeys and after the Startup folder.

o HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce registry key

o HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce registry key XP also has RunOnceEx:

o HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnceEx registry key

* RunOnce\Setup subkey : specifies programs to run after the user logs on

* Explorer\Run subkey :

o HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run registry key

o HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run registry key

* Userinit subkey : there is an entry for userinit.exe but subkey can accept multiple comma- separated values. Can't find where program starting? Look here.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit registry key

* load subkey :

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\load registry key

* All Users Startup folder : very common place to find autostart programs for whoever logs on

Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup folder

* Startup folder : the most common location for programs to automatically boot from

Documents and Settings\user\Start Menu\Programs\Startup folder If you migrated from NT, the path is Profiles\user\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

information found is here


Edited by Lost Soul
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I have seen this problem before, and this Microsoft article covers the solution for the similar incident I dealt with, albeit a different cause.


As usual backup registry if you dont know what you are doing.

Click start, Run regedit

find the following key

HKEY LOCAL MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Look in the right pane for a value under name called Userinit. The value should read:


Including the trailing comma. If it reads anything other then the above, double click

the Userinit value and change it to the value above.

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