Could someone tell me how to remove the task bar completely, permanently, on Windows XP. I've looked everywhere and only found temporary solutions. I'm building a MAME arcade cabinet, and I want my one program to start up, nothing else. The taskbar popping up for a second or so before the program finishes starting ruins the illusion. Thanks for any and all help! :)
How to remove taskbar? (XP)(12 posts)
Camalus28, try this Right-click an empty space on the Windows XP desktop background. Click "Properties" from the menu options.
Select the "Appearance" tab.
Click on the "Windows and Buttons" drop-down menu. Click on "Windows Classic Style."
Click on the "Color Scheme" drop-down menu. Click on "Windows Classic."
Click on the "Advanced" button. Click on the "Item" drop-down menu and select "3D Objects." Click on the "Color 1" drop-down menu box and select the black color, the second option from the left in the first row of colors. Click "OK."
Click "Apply." Wait for Windows XP to apply the changes. Close the desktop "Properties" box.
If it is just one app, then you could change the windows shell, so windows explorer (the desktop/taskbar) would not even startup.
BEWARE: this could break your system, but you could always do CONTROL+ALT+DELETE, click task manager and create a new process with the name of "explorer.exe"
If you follow these instructions, but replace the exe location with the location of your exe, then you should be fine! It would be a very good idea to create a spare account and then use the single account method.
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