How can I configure Windows XP and later to automatically reopen folders when I restart the OS?

A. You can configure XP and later to automatically reopen any folders that were open before you shut down the machine. To automatically reopen these folders, perform the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced registry subkey.
  3. Double-click the PersistBrowsers value or create this value of type DWORD if it doesn't exist.
  4. Set the value data to 1 to automatically reopen folders or set the value data to 0 to not automatically reopen folders, then click OK.
  5. Close the registry editor.
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