XP Pro - System32 Folder Opens on Startup

Posted on 2006-06-02
Last Modified: 2008-03-10
For some reason, when windows logs on explorer opens to the \windows\system32 directory.  It is easy enough to close, but this is a customers computer and I cannot send it back out into the field like this.

I have unchecked all startup items except those referring to the McAfee A/V software in the Startup tab of msconfig.  I have gone to hkey/local.../software../microsoft/windows/run* and hkey/current.../software../microsoft/windows/run* to delete any unwanted items that refer to that directory.  I have run spybot, adaware, hijack this, and the a/v software to clean the system. I can't get it to go away!

Any ideas?
Question by:Hillyman
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    by:Lee W, MVP

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    I removed everything from the registry keys described in the link above to no avail.

    Although it is not a very professional fix:

    I downloaded a command line utility called Nircmd.exe, wrote a batch file to close all the open explorer windows, then added it to the C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup folder.  Here is the contents of the batch file.

    nircmd.exe win close class "CabinetWClass"

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