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At every Windows logon/boot up, I get an open explorer window at path "c:Windows/Program Files/Microsoft". In this folder is another folder named "Search Enhancement Pack". In it are several other folders. Each time, I have to close it. It is an annoying nuisance.

This first started happening maybe six or more months ago. It started as a result of a Windows Live update that ended up installing far more crap than I wanted. At the time, I tried briefly to resolve it, but failed. Today, I tried very hard to fix it--all to no avail.

I found a number of suggestions that seem to have worked for others with the same problem...but not for me. I tried the two "msiexec /x..." suggested that supposedly delete the offending program. In both cases, it says the product must be installed before I can delete it. (I did a copy and paste, so it wasn't a typo on my part.)

I tired running the Microsoft Fixit 50060 which ran clean but the problem persists.

I went into the registry and changed all occurrences of the path to insert quotes around it. (The implication was that the path had spaces and should be quoted.) The problem persists. I am at my wit's end.

The only thing I haven't done is delete the "Microsoft" folder. I'm afraid I might be trading one error for another, possibly more grave error.

Any suggestions?
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    Kraków my love :)

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Download Autoruns for Windows: http://technet.micro...s/bb963902.aspx
No installation required.
Simply unzip Autoruns.zip file, and double click on autoruns.exe file to run the program.
Go File>Save, and save AutoRuns.txt file to know location.
Attach the file to your next reply.
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Hi, Broni.

I used Autoruns to disable the two relevant instances of "enhancement", logged off and on again--window still appears. I'm attaching the Autoruns listing...

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Yeah, I can't see any other entries.
There is a lot of hits on Google about this issue: http://www.google.co...lient=firefox-a
Did you try them all?
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All but deleting the folder.

It's amazing to me how Microsoft puts out this crap that affects so many people and then doesn't develop a fix and doesn't speak a word about it.

I'm guessing that some other process is calling this thing. That would explain why it still shows up. Strange though, that what has worked for others hasn't worked for me.
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I just tried the msiexec again using the string identified by autoruns in my search for "enhancement". Again, I got the message "product must be installed before you can delete it". <scratches head>
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I renamed the folder and re-booted. No window and no error...at least not on startup. If I ever experience some anomaly that seems related, I'll deal with it then. For now, I'm happy to have jettisoned that dang window outta here. :) Thanks for listening and providing a shoulder to cry on.
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Cool beans :)
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