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Starting around the time I installed the Office 2010 Beta, Whenever I login, Windows tries to open a file named "Bob", coincidentally the first part of my username. Selecting Notepad to open it, and it contains TCP/IP network settings.

I've looked for and deleted unrecognized entries in my StartUp folder, in HKLM/.../CurrentVersion/Run and in HKCU/.../CurrentVersion/Run with no luck.

Is there any other place I should be looking for errant entries?

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Get thee a copy of Sysinternals' Autoruns and use to root out all manner of things that get injected into your system.

Most likely is that there's a program attempting to start that's using an unquoted path. The shell attempts to parse the filename and fails. Double-check anything in Autoruns that references (or starts from) your profile.

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Check out your MSConfig (Run-->MSconfig) or grab Autoruns from Microsoft.

This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them.

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Click 'Start' and type msconfig in the search box and hit Enter.

This should bring up a dialog. On this dialog, click 'Startup'. That tab will list everything that is run at startup.

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If you are running Windows 7 64 bit, check HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

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