Prevent open or minimized applications from restarting at reboot

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

You can control whether Explorer will restore windows which were open when NT was shutdown. This automatic restoring of windows drives me nuts. It was a problem in OS/2, Windows NT, and now Windows 2000. You don't like it, fix it with the following Windows NT / Windows 2000 registry hack :

Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Name: NoSaveSettings
Type: REG_BINARY
Value: 1
This entry will prevent you from permanently repositioning desktop shortcuts and from adjusting the size and/or position of the Taskbar.

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