Windows XP - Disable save settings on exit

October 2016

Windows Explorer normally will prompt you to restore the last opened windows upon restarting your PC, here's a simple tip to disable this feature.

By default, Windows stores the configuration at each stop. You can disable this backup by following these steps:
  • Click on Start > Run > type regedit
  • Expand the following key : HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

  • Create a new DWORD named as NoSaveSetting.
  • Double-click the string created and assign one of the following:
    • 0 to enable save settings
    • 1 to disable save settings
  • Close registry and restart your PC.

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