Save Settings On Exit Option Enabled by Default

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Article ID: 130234 - View products that this article applies to.
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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry. Before you edit the registry, you should first make a backup copy of the registry files (System.dat and User.dat). Both are hidden files in the Windows folder.
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SYMPTOMS

You cannot prevent Windows from saving your settings when you exit.

CAUSE

The Windows user interface does not include a way to prevent saving your settings when you exit.

RESOLUTION

NOTE: For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys And Values" online Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe). Note that you should make a backup copy of the registry files (System.dat and User.dat) before you edit the registry.

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows 95. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To prevent your settings from being saved, add (or modify) the
NoSaveSettings

field in the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer


Setting the NoSaveSettings field to 1 prevents your settings from being saved. When you set this value, the following items are not saved when you exit Windows:
  • Changed icon positions on the desktop.
  • Windows that are open when you exit.
  • The size and position of the taskbar.

STATUS

This behavior is by design.

Properties

Article ID: 130234 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 1.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
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