My Documents directory loads on startup after upgrading to Windows XP Service Pack 2

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Joe Gronlund MVP

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SYMPTOMS

The My Documents directory may load on startup on Windows XP after upgrading to Windows XP Service Pack 2.

CAUSE

The primary cause of this issue is usually the result of improper registry updating during the Windows XP SP2 installation, however it can also be caused by registry damage or from conflicts from other startup items

RESOLUTION

Please note: If you do not feel comfortable using regedit, do not attempt to alter your registry as it can render your system unbootable
Click start, Run regedit
find the following key
HKEY LOCAL MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Look in the right pane for a value under name called Userinit. The value should read:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,

Including the trailing comma. If it reads anything other then the above, double click
the Userinit value and change it to the value above.
 
The example used assumes that Windows XP is installed onto drive c:
If your installation is on another drive, that drive will replace c: in this example.


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Article ID: 555206 - Last Review: 14 Feb 2017 - Revision: 1

Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002

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