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Explorer window opens at logon in directory \program files\common\bin - Windvd issue

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If you change WINDVD 4 installation directory from default C:\Program Files\InterVideo\WinDVD4 to a sub-directory of C:\Program Files\ (i.e. C:\Program Files\WinDVD4) you may have one or several instances of Windows Explorer which open at logon, in directory C:\Program Files\Common\Bin.

This is because WinnDVD 4 installation (I have not checked for other versions) creates a directory C:\Program Files\InterVideo\Common. If you change installation directory as per example above, then the common\ and common\bin\ directories are created in C:\Program Files\
Then you have in program files C:\Program Files\Common Files\ and C:\Program Files\Common\.

This creates a mess when Windows launches the applications listed in the registry in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run or HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run if any of these applications are located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\
This occurs for example for Norton Firewall which creates a Key SSC_UserPrompt = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\UsrPrmpt.exe

There are two workarounds :
1 - Completely uninstall Windvd 4 and reinstall to default directory
2 - Replace \Program Files\ with \Common~1\ in registry keys values i.e SSC_UserPrompt = C:\Program Files\Common~1\Symantec Shared\Security Center\UsrPrmpt.exe


As a matter of fact Explorer Opens in  C:\Program Files\Common\  directory because it fails to find the application. Using Common~1 solves the problem.
However, my suggestion is to use workaround 1 !
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I have WinDVD4 not installed (also can't remeber that I've had)
I now completely reinstalled Norton Systemworks --> did not help
I completly reinstalled (upgraded) Win XP +SP@ --> did not help

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gorefest,

You need to ask a new question so the experts will see it :-).

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