Restore previous folder windows at logon in Windows 10/8/7

If you have a list of folders such as This PC, Documents, Music or others that you access regularly and almost always open them every time you start your computers, you can have it set so that these folders are opened every time you start your Windows PC. It takes few steps to get the work done but, if you are willing to do it, go ahead and follow this short tutorial to restore previous folder windows at logon.

Restore previous folder windows at logon

Restore previous folder windows at logon

Type Folder Options in Start Search and hit Enter. Under the View tab in the Advanced Settings panel, look for Restore previous folder windows at logon.

Check this options and then simply hit the ‘Apply’ button and click on ‘OK’.

Now when you log off, restart or shutdown, your Windows will automatically open the previously opened folders.

This ability of Windows of automatically restoring opened Windows folders upon startup is very convenient for daily computer users like me who are in the habit of opening many folders and tabs, every time the computer starts.

However if you want to reopen application windows too after restart, you will have to use a tool called Cache My Work.

See this post if Windows does properly not restore previous folder windows at logon.

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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. Thomas Beling

    A little off topic, but there might be an option that shows not “this PC” if I open the explorer. I’d like to open my user folder instead. Any tutorial for this?

  2. Sure – will post a tutorial on it in a day or two. 🙂

  3. Thomas Beling

    Pretty nice, thanks in advance!

  4. infoinbulk

    i need to know info related to antivirus update..i get more problems in updating anti virus

  5. Which antivirus software are you using? Maybe the problem is related specifically to it.

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