Windows Explorer Starts When You Start Your Computer

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Symptoms

After you start your computer normally or in safe mode, Windows Explorer may start and display the contents of the root folder or the Windows folder.

Cause

This behavior can occur if you are running Internet Explorer version 5.0 and the Windows Explorer DesktopProcess registry key is set.

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, delete the DesktopProcess value from the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
Properties

Article ID: 228502 - Last Review: Jun 22, 2014 - Revision: 1

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