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Every time I reboot my XP machine the quick launch disappears and I need to manually replace it. I have read other forum threads on this matter but not found a solution. I have noticed that the desktop.ini file is there, however, when I run a search for desktop.ini on the whole system search only finds 3 instances of the file (and not the one in the quick launch folder) Are there any easy solutions for this issue?
Recently, I have been running Ad-aware, CWShredder, and Spybot to try and eliminate pop-ups and the garbage that collects over time.

 
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Do a thorough Windows Update first. Start IE. Go to Tools, then Windows Update.

Sound very much like a pre-SP1 problem.

 
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This might help
Quick Launch - Missing or you receive an error message, to correct:

This behavior can occur if the Quick Launch folder has been deleted. To resolve this issue, recreate the Quick Launch folder. Create a folder named Quick Launch at the following location:

C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer

Also this .
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm

 
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There are two forms of the Quick Launch error:

1) After every reboot, you have to manually restart Quick Launch, or
2) when you try to activate Quick Launch, you get a "Cannot create toolbar..." error.

If you are encountering problem #1 above, then do the following:

1. In Registry Editor (Start > Run... > regedit), navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

2. Find the "Userinit" key
3. it probably contains:

%system32%\wsaupdater.exe,

where %system32% represents the path to the System32 folder. For example, C:\Windows\System32

4. Instead of wsaupdater.exe, the data should contain userinit.exe,. Using the example above, change it to:

C:\Windows\System32\userinit.exe,

Do not forget to add the comma at the end!!!

5. Close the Registry Editor and reboot your computer.

 
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Jacko2215 - that is exactly what needed to be done! Thankyou for your help!

 
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After reading through these (and many other similar forums) and not finding a solution that worked for me, there appears to be a 3rd form of the problem 'Quick Launch disappears each reboot' which I was able to fix as follows:

1) Run 'Regedit'. Browse to the following registry location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\windows\currentverion\polices\explorer

2) Locate the Registry entry 'NoSaveSettings'and double-click to bring up the 'Edit DWORD value' diaglog

3) Change the 'Value Data' from '1' to '0' (i.e. where 0 = Explorer Settings - including Quick Launch Settings - are saved)

4) Close Regedit

5) Restart the Computer

6) Ensure that the Quick Launch Toolbar is displayed (Right-click anywhere on the toolbar to bring properties and check 'Show Quick Launch Toolbar'.

7) Restart the Computer

Note: The 2 restarts are necessary in order to actually see the changed behaviour. The first restart saves the registry change so that Explorer settings (such as Quick Launch settings) are saved during the second and all subsequent restarts.

 
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I was having this same problem, but I thought that Windows just had reconfigured it that way.....

 
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I have checked the regedit and all the values were set as they show in above answers,

C:\Windows\System32\userinit.exe,
and
0 in policies already there

Still the quicklaunch check in settings for taskbar disappears every time I boot up.
Help! I have windows XP

 
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Correz, you're the MAN! Your registry tweaking recommendation worked perfectly. Thanx!

 
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I Have tried both the guides here and no luck.
It already says C:\Windows\system32.userinit.exe, but the quicklaunch is gone anyway...=/
And in the other guide (Correz guide), the specified key asked for doesnt even exists...

There must be something else wrong. :sad:

Help please!

 
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did you try the info in post #3
copy this url into you address bar

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm

No, i haven´t. I dont want to use that way...if possible another way.?

But I haven´t found any...=/

 
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No, i haven´t. I dont want to use that way...if possible another way.?

But I haven´t found any...=/

Soor i don't. if you go here [C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer]is there a quick taunch folder
I fixed mine once with that method ,that why i suggested it .!

 
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Soor i don't. if you go here [C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer]is there a quick taunch folder
I fixed mine once with that method ,that why i suggested it .!

The Quick launch folder is there with all the icons inside...

 
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The Quick launch folder is there with all the icons inside...

here is what i would do ,move the folder and its content from here ,[C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer]to your desktop .then create a new folder in ithe nternet explore folder ,call it Quick Launch ,uncheck quick launch from the tool bar .reboot computer ,then copy the content of the old quick launch folder you moved to the desktop ,to the new folder you created ,and turn the quick launch back on .
To turn off and on quick launch .right click the lower bar ,go to toolbars and check off quick launch .
if thats confusing ,let me know .

 
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here is what i would do ,move the folder and its content from here ,[C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer]to your desktop .then create a new folder in ithe nternet explore folder ,call it Quick Launch ,uncheck quick launch from the tool bar .reboot computer ,then copy the content of the old quick launch folder you moved to the desktop ,to the new folder you created ,and turn the quick launch back on .
To turn off and on quick launch .right click the lower bar ,go to toolbars and check off quick launch .
if thats confusing ,let me know .

I think I did as you said...but i disappears each reboot anyway...
To be sure, can you describe it in more detail please?

 
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I think I did as you said...but i disappears each reboot anyway...
To be sure, can you describe it in more detail please?

a suggested fix in this fourm .
http://forums.techguy.org/t236559.html

 
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a suggested fix in this fourm .
http://forums.techguy.org/t236559.html

No luck, it doesnt work.
It already says what I am supposed to write in the key.

 
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sorry ,no luck ,what about a system restor back to before it all started !

 
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sorry ,no luck ,what about a system restor back to before it all started !

The only problem is that my system restore was created when I didnt have any quick launch bar =P...

I will probebly have to reinstall windows, but I might as well install XP from scratch on my computer, that way all adware and shit will diseppear to...
I dont really trust on Ad-Aware SE Personal, because another time it found som infected stuff and I deleated them, and after that I couldn´t log in anymore. :)
So I am a litte afraid of deleting stuff in there after that incident...

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