System Configuration in Windows XP?

  Drew (newbie) 01:37 02 Jan 2004

Is there an equivalent in XP for the 98/Me System Information/Tools/System configuration facility?

I ask because my new desktop, which runs under XP, has taken to booting into Windows Explorer opened at the Windows/System32 folder, and I am damned if I can why!

Thank you.

  beeuuem 01:54 02 Jan 2004

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This problem is fairly common in Windows NT 4.0, 2000, and XP. It's caused by an erroneous entry in one of the Registry keys that control programs launched at start-up. The two keys in question are HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.

Each named value within these two keys represents a program launched at start-up; each value's data holds the command to be executed. If the command is blank or contains just a character in double quotation marks, this missing data can cause Windows Explorer to display the System32 folder at start-up.

To fix the problem launch REGEDIT from the Start menu's Run dialog and navigate to one of the keys mentioned above. Select Export from the Registry menu and export the key to a REG file, so you can undo any deletions if necessary. Look carefully at each value in the right-hand pane. If the value's data is blank, contains only single quotation marks, or otherwise appears to be corrupted, delete the value. Repeat the process for the other key, then restart your system to verify that the problem Explorer window does not appear at start-up.

  DieSse 01:58 02 Jan 2004

Whilst beeuuem may well have the solution to your problem - the answer to your query about the start-up configuration is - run msconfig from Start - Run.

  DrewB 11:33 02 Jan 2004

... both very much for your responses.

I looked at the Registry keys you suggested, beeuuem, and there was indeed a blank entry in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Run for Sonic RecordNow (a pre-installed application). I deleted it as suggested but unfortunately the System32 folder still displays at StartUp. I've imported it back into the Registry.

System32 appearing is a "cosmetic" annoyance which I can live with; it is just that I am a very tidy-minded type and would prefer it no to!

  DrewB 16:01 02 Jan 2004

I looked through the Startup list produced by msconfig and spotted

/L:ENG /L:ENG SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

which looked promising, so I disabled it and the problem was solved.

Many thanks to you both.

  beeuuem 04:35 03 Jan 2004

Glad to hear that you got there in the end. I know how you feel when there is something which isn't a major problem, but is a constant source of irritation.

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