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Published on 02.12.09 by Brent Trahan

Restore Previous Folder Windows at Logon

Learn how to set Windows 7 to re-open folders that were open when you shut down the computer.

Let’s say you have a folder open and you reboot or shutdown Windows 7. When you enable Restore previous folder windows at logon that folder will re-appear when you log back in to Windows 7 just like you left it.

Restore Previous Folder Windows at Log On

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Open Folder Options in the Control Panel.


    Note: If Folder Options is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Select the View tab in the Folder Options window.


  4. Check off Restore previous folder windows at logon.


  5. Click OK to save the changes.
  6. Restart your computer.

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  1. Daniel says:

    This does not work on recent builds of windows 7.

  2. NL says:

    Strange… I always used that option in XP and Vista but I don’t have that option in Windows 7 release 7048!

  3. moreNL says:

    Anyone who actually needs this option already knows where it is, I don’t see why there’s a guide for it….

    On my Windows 7 (build 7100) the option isn’t there either.
    I don’t get it, why would they remove this?

    For me this option is vital because sometimes I have like 6 or more folders open, I don’t want to remember everything myself when I need to reboot my PC.

    • AnnoyedByStupidity says:

      There’s a guide for it just so an officious doof such as yourself can complain about its presence – and if it is as critical as you say, it is sorely needed. You are talking out of both sides of your mouth.

  4. system001 says:

    i do not even know why you have this guide, when you know full well that this option is not in windows 7. why go out of you way just to waste peoples time.

    • Brent Trahan says:

      Thanks for pointing that out.

      The option was there when I wrote this guide. This option seems to have been removed from later builds of Windows 7. If this feature is not included in the final version, I’ll remove this guide.

  5. Ramon Zarat says:

    I can’t believe this.

    We’re not talking about a hard bug in IPV6 or the memory kernel here… A bug that is actually challenging for a real programmer. We can go to Mars, but no way to restore folders after a reboot? Microshit never cease to amaze me. I need this function too. If it’s not there at the final release,I’m selling eveything and go back into the woods… No restore folder is worse than catching fish with my bare hands and eat it raw.

  6. Maustyle says:

    I am sure it will be added in the final version. But why take that option off in the first place?

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