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    I've recently reloaded a computer with Windows XP Home (32-bit) and Microsoft Works 6, which also includes Microsoft Word XP/2002 as part of the package.

    At reboot or logoff & login, the folder "C:\Program Files\Microsoft" opens up automatically as if a start-up task.

    I noticed that the registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Run
    includes this value:
    Microsoft Works Update Detection
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Works\WkDetect.exe
    ~ with no quotes around it

    If I either remove the value, or put quotes around the entire string, I no longer have the popup - until I open either Word or Works. Either program restores the registry value, and the pop up returns at the next reboot.

    I know that it is a harmless problem - just close the window and move on with life. But is there any way to stop Word/Works from reinserting that value each time they are opened?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Beardall View Post
    I've recently reloaded a computer with Windows XP Home (32-bit) and Microsoft Works 6, which also includes Microsoft Word XP/2002 as part of the package.

    At reboot or logoff & login, the folder "C:\Program Files\Microsoft" opens up automatically as if a start-up task.

    I noticed that the registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Run
    includes this value:
    Microsoft Works Update Detection
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Works\WkDetect.exe
    ~ with no quotes around it

    If I either remove the value, or put quotes around the entire string, I no longer have the popup - until I open either Word or Works. Either program restores the registry value, and the pop up returns at the next reboot.

    I know that it is a harmless problem - just close the window and move on with life. But is there any way to stop Word/Works from reinserting that value each time they are opened?
    I have often just deleted registry run commands, but there may be an option set in MS Works to restart this at reboot. I would look around for this. I would also checck msconfig and do a selective startup and remove the start command (start up tab) for wkdetect.exe. Doing this in combination to deleting the registry key may solve the minor problem.
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    What happens if you delete the folder "C:\Program Files\Microsoft"?

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by P T View Post
    What happens if you delete the folder "C:\Program Files\Microsoft"?

    cheers, Paul
    I'm not sure if deleting this folder is advisable. My systems also have a C:/ Program Files/ Microsoft folder. I would not think of deleting them. I would just stop them from opening at startup. My folders do contain info that I would have no idea what I would kill if I deleted the folder.
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    There are a couple of subfolders in c:\program files\microsoft where at least two different MS apps have been installed to that location. Deleting the folder is not practical, though I agree that it would workaround the problem.

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