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Windows 7: "open with" dialog at windows startup

24 Nov 2010   #1
terrytech

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
"open with" dialog at windows startup

Greetings.
I am having an odd problem with Windows 7 Home Premium. When Windows starts, an "open with" dialog pops up asking me what program I want to open "computer" with. I have not been able to resolve this issue. Computer works properly once Windows has loaded. I ran msconfig and there are no unusual startup services, last virus scan came back clean (ESET Nod32). I did just remove a trial of Novabackup. I also disconnected a network drive I do not use anymore. But I was having the issue before I made these changes.
Thank you for your time.


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24 Nov 2010   #2
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Can you post a screenshot of the following registry locations:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
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24 Nov 2010   #3
terrytech

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

As requested:


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"open with" dialog at windows startup-regedit-screen-shot-1.png   "open with" dialog at windows startup-regedit-screen-shot-2.png   "open with" dialog at windows startup-regedit-screen-shot-3.png   "open with" dialog at windows startup-regedit-screen-shot-4.png  
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24 Nov 2010   #4
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

What's the rest of the line for the ASUS web storage?
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24 Nov 2010   #5
terrytech

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ASUS WebStorage\SERVICE\AsusWSService.exe

That utility was running long before the problem started.
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24 Nov 2010   #6
Orbital Shark

 
 

Hi, welcome to the forums

Sounds like your .exe associations may be messed up.

You might want to look Here

Also, is there anything in your 'Startup' folder? Have a look in c:\users\[you]\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\start menu\programs\startup or click Start -> All Programs -> Startup

Note   Note
You will need hidden files/folders/drives enabled


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24 Nov 2010   #7
terrytech

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

The only thing in startup is desktop.ini
Repairing the .exe file associations did not solve the problem. I did find a thread on the Microsoft forum describing a similar issue. A Microsoft certified technician stated that the problem could be solved by starting in safe mode then rebooting. Needless to say that did not work either. Thanks again for the help. More suggestions are welcome. If I figure it out, I will post the fix.
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24 Nov 2010   #8
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Can we get a screenshot of this error?
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24 Nov 2010   #9
terrytech

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Screenshot of the error:


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"open with" dialog at windows startup-openwith-error.png  
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25 Nov 2010   #10
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

  1. Open Regedit
  2. Navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon"
  3. What is the "shell" value? It should be "explorer.exe" (without the quotes) as shown below:
"open with" dialog at windows startup-image1.jpg

DO NOT CHANGE ANY REGISTRY VALUES AT ALL OTHER THAN THOSE WE MENTION HERE. Making inappropriate changes to the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" settings in the registry could result in an unbootable system that won't even allow you into safe mode....


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