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Startup- explorer.exe?

By British_Command ยท 5 replies
Jan 14, 2008
  1. Whenever I seem to logon to windows vista since I formatted my comp. it seems to take forever to logon and also it always opens My documents for some reason and that is the only thing that is displayed so I will do Ctrl alt del to run tskmanager and run the explorer.exe and everything is fine but why do I have to do this? Unless somehow I have stopped explorer.exe from running on startup.

  2. mscrx

    mscrx TS Rookie Posts: 310

    I don't have a vista machine here at the moment but it should be the same or almost the same registry key you can look after:

    open regedit and go to

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    look for the string 'shell'. it should have the value 'explorer.exe' with no parameters or something. if not make it 'explorer.exe' and reboot.

    you will need admin rights to do so!

    you can also check the following keys:


    if there is something suspicious or something that would indicate explorer.exe to not run or kill it.
  3. British_Command

    British_Command TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 148


    nah didnt work although thanks :D
  4. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    I would have suggested the same exact thing. Under those lines in your registry

    does shell ="explorer"

    or does shell = "explorer and something different"

    if it says anything other than just explorer you need to change it to only explorer
  5. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    The Microsoft page for this issue is HERE

    It`s the same as what`s already been mentioned,but you may find it useful

    Also,go in to the msconfig (HERE) and uncheck explorer.exe

    or anything similar.

    Sounds like you have either just removed spyware,or still have spyware,so look HERE
  6. mscrx

    mscrx TS Rookie Posts: 310

    thanks for the msconfig in vista link! very useful to me as well
    I would have suggested a spyware thing as the next step to look for too.
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