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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Windows 7 Tips

Remove Gadgets and Screen Resolution on Windows 7 Desktop Context Menu

One of the first things you might notice in Windows 7 is the addition of the new Gadgets and Screen Resolution items to the context menu. The only problem is that you might not really want them there—so we’ll explain how to get rid of them.

No clue what we’re talking about? If you are using Windows 7 and you right-click on the desktop, you’ll see a bunch of new items at the bottom:

Remove Gadgets and Screen Resolution Items

Normally removing items from a menu should be a simple registry hack. The problem, in this case, is that the new Windows 7 items are actually protected by special permissions making them annoying to remove—but using registry editor we can do it.

Note: Before making any changes to registry always take a backup of registry.

You’ll want to open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following registry key:


Once you’re there, you might notice that while you can see the three new items, you can’t remove or rename them.

What we’ll need to do is give ourselves permission to the keys, starting by right-clicking on the DesktopBackground key and choosing Permissions.

Now you’ll want to pretty much ignore everything in here, and click the Advanced button.

Head to the Owner tab, click on Administrators in the list, and then check the box for “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects”.

Make absolutely certain you’ve checked that box before you click Apply

Now head back to the Permissions tab, and select Administrators in the list (which should say Full Control already), and check the box for “Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object”.

Make absolutely certain you select that checkbox before clicking Apply

You’ll be prompted by Windows, asking if you really want to proceed. Click on Yes.

And now, you should be able to rename or delete any of the keys.

For example, to remove Gadgets and Screen Resolution from the menu, I’ve deleted both of those keys (after making a backup, of course).

We now have a nice, clean desktop menu.

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