This PC, Computer or Documents Folder opens automatically at Windows Startup

Some often report this strange but quite annoying issue. While logging in to the computer, the This PC, Computer folder or the Documents folder opens automatically at Windows Startup. Unless you have placed its shortcut in the Startup folder, the most likely cause of this issue is the  incorrect or duplicated Usernit value in the Windows Registry.

The fix for this problem does exists, but it requires modifying the registry. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, it is essential you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it or else create a system restore point first. Then, you can restore or revert if the changes are not what you expected.

This PC, Computer or Documents folder opens automatically

If when you start your Windows 10 / 8 / 7, the This PC, Computer or Documents folder opens up automatically at start-up, first check if you have set the option to Restore previous folder windows at logon via Folder Options. If that option is checked, uncheck it and see if it sorts the issue. If it is unchecked, try this :

Click Start > Run Regedit > Navigate To the following key:

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

Documents Folder opens automatically at Windows Startup

In the right side panel, change value of Userinit to :


Now Navigate to the following key :

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ Advanced

In the right side panel, change the value of PersistBrowsers to 0.

Reboot your computer.

This should help!

If it does not, then boot in Clean Boot state and see if the problem persists and if you can identify the offender.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Prakash

    I have done all these things but nothing happens. Plz……. suggest me alternate solution to avoid this type of problems.

  2. e

    in the second place i get to advanced but there is no “PersistBrowsers”

  3. Annoyed

    I have the same problem. Also no PersistBrowsers.

  4. harry

    run msconfig uncheck the boxes in startup

  5. lp

    i have had the same thing now for 3 wks. Just got done downloading Malwarebytes free 30 day trial and it worked!!!!

  6. Guest

    I couldn’t find PersistBrowsers either. After a (regedit) search, I found it under the ‘Folders’ folder in ‘Advanced’. Unfortunately there are several options to the right of PersistBrowsers. I changed ‘CheckedValue’ and ‘DefaultValue’ to 0. I’m sad to say this didn’t work for me however…though nothing has so far. I have NO idea what changed on my computer to make this folder open at startup. Super annoying :o/

  7. Freedone

    This didn’t work for me but i fixed it by replacing the value of Shell with the one in the picture – `explorer.exe`, instead of `Explorer.exe “”`. Now i no longer see the My Computer window when the computer starts.

  8. AirMel

    Win10 upgraded from Win8.1 which was upgraded from Win8.
    Shell was: explorer.exe /select,explorer.exe
    I replaced it with: explorer.exe
    Problem solved!

  9. Chennie Rob

    How do I access this??

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