The "My Documents" folder automatically opens every time that you log on to a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer

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Symptoms

Every time that you log on to the computer, the My Documents folder automatically opens. This symptom occurs after you install Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).

Resolution

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To resolve this issue, follow these steps:
  1. Back up the registry keys that you plan to edit before you modify the registry. For more information about how to back up the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    322756 How to back up, edit, and restore the registry in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
  2. Check the Userinit and PersistBrowsers registry entries to make sure that they contain the correct values. To check the Userinit and PersistBrowsers registry entries, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
    2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    3. In the right pane, right-click Userinit, and then click Modify.
    4. In the Edit String dialog box, type Windows installation drive letter:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe under Value data, and then click OK.
    5. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
    6. In the right pane, right-click PersistBrowsers, and then click Modify.
    7. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, type 0 under Value data, and then click OK.
    8. Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

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Article ID: 899865 - Last Review: June 20, 2014 - Revision: 2.0
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