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daffy_elmo

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A folder keeps opening during startup.
I've already done a full 'clean' Re-install of XP to stop this (among other things) from happening.

I know I don't have to re-install to fix this but I've tried everything:

I looked in the "Startup" folder. I tried "msconfig" and I've also got WinPatrol (this is GREAT software b.t.y.) and none of this returned any hits on this mysteriouse happening!

I tried moving the folder (it's a program one) that it keeps opening.... and IT WORKED :) ..... untill I moved it back again! :wave::angry:
It must be something in the registry. I tried CCleaner and I didn't find anything.

Is there a way to fix this?
I'm good with computers but I just can't work this one out 'cause I don't know what I'm looking for :)

This is the specs of my problem:

1. The folder it opens is the Skype program folder - When this last happend it was also a program folder (Cyberlink) - that it kept opening.
2. It happend just after I installed Skype recorder from Giveawayoftheday.com
3. I hadn't shut down my computer for about a week (it'd been on standby and hibernation a lot though) and i think that was what was causing my computer to randomly turn off and restart.
4. Any way I suspected that to fix this I'd just need to Shut down and restart my compueter a few times to give it a rest.
5. Before I had a chance to shut down after I installed skype recorder my worst fear came true :) ..... My computer turned itself off and restarted.
6. Then when it finished booting it opend this folder: C:Program Files\Skype
7. It's been doing it ever since :)
8. I t's not restarting all by itself anymore though ;)

If you can help that'd be great,
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sunmash

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Use regedit to kill anything in the run menus:

Click start > Select run > Type regedit >

open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows > Currentversion: look in these folders;
Run
RunOnce
RunOnceEx
RunServices
RunServicesOnce

If you find anything relating to old programs delete them; also do the same trick in HKEY_CURRENT_USER

Likewise, from the Run command box type MSCONFIG and select the start up and and tick off anything in there relating to the old program(s).
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Sorry none of that had any hits.
It's only opening a program folder, not actually a program file.

Thanks anyway,
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Do you have the latest version of Skype installed?
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See if Autoruns shows anything: http://www.microsoft...s/AutoRuns.mspx
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check all programs
start-up
it may inadvertantly ended up there

or check scheduled tasks in control panel
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Hi thanks everybody,
I tried everything and couldn't find what was making Explorer keep opening this folder on startup.
Autoruns is just like WinPatrol - it shows the list of startup programs and services but it doesn't have anything about a startup folder :)
Has anyone got any other ideas?
Thanks so much for your help guys - much appreciated :)
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When Autoruns opens, choose the 'explorer' tab.

From the top menu select "Include empty locations," and push the small refresh button

Take a close look at all the entries for explorer in Autoruns.
Double clicking an entry opens regedit to the entry's location.
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Sorry It's been a while,
Still no hits :)
Thanks anaway :)
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Phooey!
Well, I'm about tapped with this one, and I'll be off-line and on the road for several days. If you do get to the bottom of it, Please post back and let us know so we can pass it on, eh?
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Hi sorry it's been awhile :-)
It's all sorted out.
After the folder it kept opening was renamed for a few days (so it couldn't find it) it must have given up!
I renamed it back to what it was after a few days and it worked!
I suppose it's just one of those things we'll never understand about Windows!
Thanks anyway (Auto runs is soooooo cool - i like the search feature!),
daffy_elmo

Edited by daffy_elmo, 29 October 2007 - 12:07 AM.

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