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How can I get XP to stop adding programs to my start menu?

by gebobs / February 14, 2008 3:16 AM PST

I have what I want there. I don't need anything else. I don't want programs there that I rarely use and it's a pain in the *** to delete them constantly.

Even things I don't explicitly run. Real Player Updater ends up there when it runs in the background. Now why the heck would I want that there? Annoying as all get out.

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by JP Bill / February 14, 2008 3:25 AM PST


Startup tab

Uncheck programs you don't want to start>Apply

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 14, 2008 4:11 AM PST
In reply to: Response

look out when you install software. The install process will often ask if you want to pin a shortcut to the Start Menu. If you say no, it will not do so.

However sometimes you don't get the option. You only get the option of 'where' in the Start Menu you want a shortcut. That's when you get to delete it manually if you don't want it there. Just list the Start Menu > All Programs, highlight the entry, right click it and select Delete.


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I think you misunderstood...
by gebobs / February 14, 2008 5:28 AM PST
In reply to: Response

I'm not talking about programs that start at startup.

What I'm referring to is when if a program doesn't have a link displayed on the Start Menu (the popup that appears when you press the Start button), it will put one there the next time I open the program.

For instance, I don't have MS Word there since I always open documents directly. So when I do that, XP then puts a link to Word on the Start Menu. I have lots of programs on there that I want so I don't want ones I don't need and it's a pain to keep deleting them.

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Never noticed that before.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 14, 2008 5:43 PM PST

I also have Word, (MS Office XP), Excel, and other Office applications and I haven't seen that before.

But with me my Start Menu is organized into sub-folders, and I have shortcuts for Word, Excel, Publisher, in a separate folder there, ie;
Start > All Programs > Utilities > Word Processing > Office, then the shortcuts for those three.

I have then forgotten about them.

They never re-create themselves anywhere else into the Start Menu. I wonder if this is some feature of the installation process from the Office CD, because I can't see any options to de-select from within Word > Tools > Options.


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That's a directory.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 14, 2008 4:24 AM PST

You could set the NTFS permissions to block such.

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NTFS permissions?
by gebobs / February 14, 2008 5:30 AM PST
In reply to: That's a directory.

Hoo does a feller with just enough knowledge to really screw something up go aboout doing that.

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Aim at foot, swing hammer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 14, 2008 6:57 AM PST
In reply to: NTFS permissions?

Sorry, none of this stuff is automatic or easy to consume as root beer but plenty of web pages are out there about the NTFS and its permissions.


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Use MS's Tweak UI
by j_golkin / February 15, 2008 5:06 PM PST

I've been wondering about this myself and tried to remember the way I took care of this in the past. Your post spurred me to action.

Use MS's Tweak UI (for Win XP). From the tree list select Taskbar and Start Menu > Start Menu. From here you allow/disallow applications to appear in the Frequently Used Programs section of the Start menu.

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Thank you...
by gebobs / February 15, 2008 9:20 PM PST
In reply to: Use MS's Tweak UI

This did the trick.

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