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What to do when My Documents folder opens at startup?

December 29th, 2010 No comments

What to do when My Documents folder opens at startup?

One fine day, you start your Windows XP computer and when you log on, you find that theMy Documentsfolder opens up automatically. You close the folder, feeling a bit puzzled.

Being curious and wanting to check again, you restart the computer once but this time too, the “My Documents” folder opens up after you log on. You feel irritated. After some time, you become used to closing the My Documents folder every time you start Windows. But you wish to know how it started opening on its own. And whether there’s a way to stop it from opening at startup?

This happens if there’s a registry change in the Userinit value. Use the following steps to remove this behavior. The following procedure tells you to make changes to your Windows registry, so make sure to backup your files. Also backup the Windows registry, before you change anything in the registry. If you do something wrong with the registry, Windows may not start. So, beware. For more information on backup, click here.

  1. Click Start ->Run and type the following command and press the Enter key:


The Registry editor opens, as shown below.


2. Navigate down to the following key by clicking the + sign next to the following, as shown in the images below:

HKEY_ LOCAL_ MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

MyDocuments2 MyDocuments3

MyDocuments4 MyDocuments5


3. When Winlogon is selected in the left pane, on the right pane, carefully look for the key named “Userinit” and double click it to open the value.

It should have a value of


(The comma at the end is important, don’t delete it. Add it, if it’s not present.)


4. If there’s anything else instead of the exact value shown above, delete it and carefully type the above value and then click OK.

5. Exit the registry editor by clicking on the cross.

6. Restart the computer. After Windows restarts, the “My Documents” folder won’t open up at startup.

How to Restore from a Backup made by Cobian Backup?

December 4th, 2010 No comments

In the other posts, you saw how to install, configure and backup your files using Cobian Backup. Here, you’ll see how to restore the already backed up files, whenever you need them.

1. If you don’t remember the destination or target folder on your backup device, open Cobian backup by double-clicking its icon in the system tray. Then, click the “Files” settings in the left-hand pane. Whatever destination you selected when you configured Cobian for the first time, can be seen under the Destination heading.


2. Now, open up My Computer or Windows Explorer and go to this folder. You may have to connect your backup device to the computer if it’s not already connected. You may see something like the following screen. There’s a list of all the backed up files in zip format. Some of the backups are Full and others are Differential as mentioned in parenthesis along with each backup.


3. Since we backed up using the Differential type of backup, when restoring, we’ll have to restore the last Full backup plus the last Differential backup. Since the backup names above include the date and time of backup, we can easily select the two backup files needed for restoring the latest backup. You may copy these two files to a temporary folder on your hard drive.


4. Now, extract or unzip both the zip files. You can do this one by one, so you’d know which folders were extracted by which zip file.


5. In this case, My Documents was extracted from the Full Backup and the other three folders were extracted from the Differential Backup zip file.


6. Now, you have to move the folders created by the differential backup, into the folder created by the full backup. Cut the last three folders.


7. Then, paste them into the My Documents folder.


8. Since we are overwriting some of the files of the Full Backup, with the ones in the Differential Backup, it’s okay to say Yes or Yes to all, when Windows asks if you want to replace the existing files.


9. Now, the My Documents folder contains the latest restored files. Remember that this is within a temporary folder, so you should move all these files and folders to the folder you want them in.


10. That’s it. You are done with the restore. This is simpler than it seems because of all these steps. Once you try it, the next time you can do it much faster, without much thinking.


If you want to know all about backups, click here.

If you want help in installing Cobian Backup, click here.

If you want to know how to configure Cobian for local backup, click here.

If you want to know how to configure Cobian for online / FTP backup, click here.