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File Explorer opens when computer starts

  1. #1


    Posts : 162
    Windows 8 Pro

    File Explorer opens when computer starts


    I have my PC setup to boot to the desktop. When my PC boots to the desktop File Explorer opens up. This just started a couple of days ago.

    Does anyone know hot to stop File Explorer from opening on boot?

    Did I do something to make it start doing this?


    Thanks

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  2. #2


    Hey jbfoster,

    I would strongly suggest you download Autoruns.exe from Windows Sysinternals. This utility will show you exactly what is being loaded when you start your system and allow you to temporarily or permanently disable the autorun. You will find the utility here:
    Autoruns

    I should note that the Windows 8 Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del or right-click on the toolbar) also has a startup section, but it does not give you as comprehensive a list as does autoruns.

    Hope this helps.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 162
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks for the tip. I will check it out when I get home. I forgot about checking task manager.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 162
    Windows 8 Pro


    I checked Autoruns and Task Manager. I didn't see anything about File Explorer.
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by jbfoster View Post
    I have my PC setup to boot to the desktop. When my PC boots to the desktop File Explorer opens up. This just started a couple of days ago.

    Does anyone know hot to stop File Explorer from opening on boot?

    Did I do something to make it start doing this?
    I have same problem and have not been able to locate any reference to File Explorer in any start-up entry anywhere...please help us eliminate this annoying quirk. Thanks!
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  6. #6


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    It would not be a reference to File Explorer per se, it may be trying to open a file from somewhere.

    This could be malicious activity, look for any startup items that have nonsense names. I know MS has nonsense names on a lot of stuff, but these would be random letters. Disable any of those you find and reboot.
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File Explorer opens when computer starts
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