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10 more steps after I put in the CD or go to stored files.

by sonjaqna / October 23, 2005 10:28 PM PDT

There are a few defaults in XP that have increased my workload by several 1000%. I would like to know how to disable them permanently.

First is the drop down box when I put in a CD. Nothing but a Microsoft commercial, freezing the computer and blocking the screen. How do I get rid of that programming.

Second is My Computer. Every time that I go to my stored files I have to click Folders to see some common sense organization. Then, it opens with My Documents expanded. How do I fix them both.

Third is My Documents. Worst time waster ever invented. Anytime I go to my files on the disk I am rerouted to My Documents, and it opens expanded directing me to folders creating by Microsoft and whomever. Same is true when I'm using programs, I am rerouted to My Documents. I would like to totally remove this time wasting program.


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by phantazy / October 23, 2005 11:45 PM PDT

1) If you go to My Computer > Disk Drive > Properties > Autoplay, you get a choice which program to use to open, data, music, audio,video,etc. If you choose these 'open with' types, the drive will open in a window without a drop down box. I hope this is what you mean.
2) Don't understand. The window should open with the menu of the entire disk/partition, and 'My Documents' is just one folder in a long alphabetical list. There's some default missing if yours is like that, unless you open in Windows Explorer. If you do that try 'explorer /e' or '/s' from the run command.
3)My Documents is set up as a default to place My Music Etc. in a containing folder. There is nothing to stop you deleting everything in it, or renaming, or not using it at all. The 'send to' file is an option which can be regulated to include any folder you can think of, if you want to save data.

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Common thing I'm sure Rob Proffit would say . .
by pearljamkornfan / October 24, 2005 6:27 AM PDT

This is just a possibility, but this could very well be a spyware/adware etc. issue. I would recommend using Ad-aware SE, Spybot Search and Destroy, and AVG Free 7.0. These are all available for free unlimited use from Others would recommend Ewido (sp?) and I also use a registry and hard drive cleaner called "CCleaner" (crap cleaner) this does a great job of cleaning up unused registry entries etc. I bet this could fix some of your explorer issues. If you dont like the above applications, feel free to uninstall them, but I wouldn't recommend it. Plus, if you do uninstall all of them, do CCleaner last because the other 3 will leave registry information and folders on your harddrive (personal settings, etc.) Just a tip . . .

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