Reopen Folders on Startup in Windows 10/11

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To restore previously opened folders upon logging into Windows 11 or 10, you can use a built-in feature. This is how you can enable it:

Restoring Previous Folder Windows at Logon in Windows 11/10

This feature automatically opens all previously opened folders upon system startup. It is useful for users who frequently access the same folders.

  1. Access Folder Options:
    • Use the Taskbar search box to search for ‘folder options’.
    • Select ‘File Explorer Options’ from the search results.
  2. Modify View Settings:
    • In the File Explorer Options dialog, switch to the ‘View’ tab.
    • Look for the option ‘Restore previous folder windows at logon’.
    • Check this option to enable it.
  3. Apply and Save Changes:
    • After checking the option, click ‘Apply’ to implement the changes.
    • Click ‘OK’ to close the dialog and save your settings.

Using Registry Editor for Restoring Folders

If the built-in feature does not work, you can use the Registry Editor to enable the setting. It is recommended to back up your registry or create a system restore point before proceeding.

  1. Open Registry Editor:
    • Press Win+R to open the Run prompt.
    • Type ‘regedit’ and click OK to open the Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to the Explorer Key:
    • Go to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer’.
    • Create a new key under ‘Explorer’ named ‘Advanced’.
  3. Create a New DWORD Value:
    • Right-click on ‘Advanced’, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    • Name it ‘PersistBrowsers’.
    • Double-click on it and set the Value data as 1.

Restoring User Folder in Windows 11

If you have accidentally deleted a user folder, there are several methods to restore it.

  • First, check the Recycle Bin to see if the folder is there and restore it if available.
  • If not in the Recycle Bin, use System Restore to revert your User profile to a previous state.
  • As a last resort, a clean installation of Windows may be necessary if other methods fail.

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Troubleshooting Common Issues

If you encounter problems while trying to restore previously opened folders, consider the following troubleshooting steps.

  • Check if the folder restoration feature is enabled in the File Explorer Options.
  • If changes in the registry don’t take effect, ensure that the DWORD value ‘PersistBrowsers’ is correctly set to 1.
  • If the system behaves unexpectedly after making changes, use the system restore point to revert back to a stable state.

Disabling the Feature

If you decide to disable the automatic reopening of folders, you can easily reverse the process.

  • Within File Explorer Options, simply uncheck ‘Restore previous folder windows at logon’ and apply the changes.
  • In the Registry, change the ‘PersistBrowsers’ value data to 0 and restart your computer.

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