Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. March 21, 2005
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Don't Open Explorer
Do you often forget and leave Windows Explorer running when I shut down for the evening. So when I start the computer the next day, Explorer opens. Is there a way to prevethis, other than remembering to close it before I shut down the computer?

You can preveExplorer or Control Panel from opening, even if you forget to kill them before you shut down. However, you'll have to edit your Registry. Be careful--you don't wato damage your system.

Click Start, Run, then type Regedit and press Enter. When RegEdit opens, go to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.

If you don't see an entry called NoSaveSettings, you need to add it.

To add the value, right-click RegEdit's right pane and choose Binary Value. Name the new value NoSaveSettings and press Enter twice (once to save the name and once to open the Edit Binary Value dialog box). Set the value to 01 00 00 00 and click OK.

If you already have NoSaveSettings, double-click it and set its value to 01 00 00 00. Click OK to continue.

Close RegEdit and restart the computer.