Common Folder, a thorn in my side

By amen1943
Nov 29, 2006
  1. Always at start up the Common Folder opens, is there a 'novices' way to prevent this...It is so annoying
    Thank you
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Its something to do with an entry not having double quotes in it

    Click Start, Run and type REGEDIT.EXE
    Navigate to the following branch:


    Double-click the entry " something here you will have to look" and enclose the existing
    data within double-quotes.

    So that the following text,

    C:\Program Files\Common Files\something here you will have to look
    "C:\Program Files\Common Files\something here you will have to look"

    I use the term something here as it can vary but its usually to do with a recently installed program or device.
  3. amen1943

    amen1943 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank for the effort, but it didn't or I didn't work...HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE is the folder that popped up, when I xx clicked, the window opened with two fields: value name & value data. I pasted "C:\Program Files\Common Files\something here you will have to look" in the 'data'field....Nothing happened when I rebooted....Angela
  4. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    No you misunderstood the post or i didnt explain properly.

    RUN REGEDIT go to the key i gave, this lists the items that are set to load at startup.

    see the attaced pic

    Of course yours will differ from mine , one of those will be the culprit (so im led to believe) you need to change the entry and add the quotes ( " ) as per my last post...


    Attached Files:

  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    If Ididmyc600`s advice doesn`t work, try this.

    This may not be the problem, but check it anyway.

    Run regedit.
    Navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    On the right side, look at the Userinit string.
    The data should read as follows, assuming C:\WINDOWS is your windows folder:

    The comma at the end is not a typo. If there is anything after the comma, modify
    the string and remove it.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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