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Disable Desktop Cleanup Wizard in XP

One of the more annoying default settings in Windows XP is the Desktop Cleanup Wizard.  I guess I do not need Windows telling me what I should or should not have on my desktop.  Also, I have found in IT that an employee may not use a certain icon for a few months and when they need to find that icon to run a program it may be missing.  Disabling this just saves a needless call to the helpdesk.

Right Click an open area on your desktop and select Properties

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In the Display Properties under the Desktop tab click on the Customize Desktop button.

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Uncheck the box next to Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days.  Then hit OK.

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  • Published 08/18/07

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