I've been having this problem for a while now. When I restart windows certain shortcuts and settings have been reset as they were before I started Windows the previous time:
- I installed 2 programs and these created some shortcuts on the desktop; I removed these programs (clean, with uninstall) after a while and this also removed the shortcuts. When I restart windows however the shortcuts are back again but pointing to none existing applications.
- I installed dropbox but after a few restarts dropbox failed to start up (some dll's missing). I needed to reinstall dropbox every time to get it working again. After a while I gave up (switched to sugarsync) and uninstalled dropbox but after a restart windows simply puts dropbox (although the dropbox application files were really gone after the uninstall).
- Recently I received and upgrade for Windows Media Player. On first launch you have to specify some settings (file associations, privacy settings, blablabla) before you can use WMP. Each time I restart however I have to re-do these settings all over again.
- Also recently, google chrome stopped working. The application in still there but it just doesn't start up anymore. I can reinstall it after which it works until (you've guessed it) I restart windows.
Maybe I should just stop restarting windows but I am hoping you guys can tell me the cause of and/or solution to this strange behavior?