Whenever I open my desktop in Windows XP, a Documents folder opens automatically. How do I remove that from start up?

Desktop opens with a Documents folder open

Hello Bootsmile


Look for it in these places

Start/Run, type



Look in the Startup tab

2 Documents and Settings\username\Start Menu\Programs\Startup folder

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


If that doesn`t help you need to have a look in the registry.  Are you comfortable with that?

Go to Start>Run and type in



First of all back up the registry in case you make a mistake

Click the File menu, Export

Select a location from the resulting box and give your backup registry a name.

Then find this key:

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

Look for Userinit, it's value should be:

NOTE the comma after “userinit.exe  (that is very important)

assuming that Windows is installed on the C:\ drive.
If it reads anything else change it to that value
There might be an extra line here

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Last updated September 17, 2020 Views 2,779 Applies to: