How to fix System32 folder keeps popping up at startup

When you turn ON your computer for the first time in a day or reboot it, you may encounter an error on the desktop with a System32 folder opening up. It pops up each time at the computer startup. Most of the users reported the issue saying whenever the computer is started; the System32 folder opens up automatically in the File Explorer.

What is System32 folder?

You can find the System32 folder in the Windows folder in the C drive. System32 directory contains Windows System files and software program files, vital to the operation of the Windows operating system and software application running in Windows. Dynamic Link Library (DLL) and Executable (EXE) files are the most common types of files found in the System32 directory.

Is it safe to delete system32 folder?

Absolutely the answer to this question is NO. This folder contains the entire program and the Windows files that helps the Windows operating system to run smoothly. Deleting or altering any files from the system32 folder would encounter many Windows errors. Sometimes Windows will not load when you turn ON the computer.

In most of the Windows related errors, we may identify the system32 directory because as discussed, most of the system files used by windows are saved in this directory. System32 itself will not cause any issues unless any program or the application is corrupted or damaged.

Why system32 folder pops up at the Startup?

System32 folder pops up at the start-up of the computer if any third party application installed in the computer or the Windows Service encountered with any malfunction. Most of the times, if the Windows services or the third party application installed in the computer can interface with the important system functions running in the background and let the system32 folder to pop up at every start-up.

How to fix the issue System32 folder keeps popping up at startup?

Note: Before performing any changes in your computer, we suggest you to create a System Restore point, so that you can restore your computer back to previously working state if something goes wrong.

Now that, we know the most possible reasons for the System32 folder popping up at the startup is some malfunction in the third party application or the service, we can troubleshoot this issue by following the below resolution steps.

Perform clean boot:

To fix the issue with System32 folder keeps popping up at the startup, we need to identify and delete the faulty application. To know that, it is required to perform clean boot of the computer to load computer will minimal set of drivers services and startup programs. Refer below link to perform clean boot in your computer.

Learn how to perform clean boot in Windows 10.

  • During the clean boot process, disable all the startup programs and reboot your computer.
  • Now, enable each startup program and try rebooting your computer. Perform the same with the services
  • At some point of time, after enabling a program or service, you will receive the pop up.
  • Try to disable that program or service to avoid this issue.
  • You can also try to remove and re install the application.

If the issue remains after performing the above troubleshooting steps, you can continue with the further steps.

Restore your computer to previous working state:

If the issue remains after the clean boot, you can try restoring your computer back to previous working state.

There are chances that, the issue might have occurred after installing any third party application or after performing some major changes in your computer. It is your challenge to identify when the issue might have occurred. If you are sure about that, follow the steps from the below link to perform the System Restore.

Learn how to perform System Restore.

Hope the above troubleshooting helps you to fix the issue with the System32 folder keeps popping up at the startup. And it allows you to work on your computer without any further errors. Once the issues are fixed, we recommend you to create another restore point for safety purpose. If you have any questions, do comment below.

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