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How to remove taskbar? (XP)

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  • Started 2 years ago by Camalus28
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Camalus28
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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! :)

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Xhi
Xhi
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Turn off autohide the Taskbar. Then unlock the Taskbar and drag the top edge to the bottom of the screen so it has 0 height.

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7ths0n
7ths0n
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I don't know too much about comps I ones had a a rft file that i tried to get rid of & it seemed nothing worked, so I emptied my hd of all important files & ran ccleaner drive wiper & it got rid of it.

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ronniesonora
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Might try here http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....-vista-xp/

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Camalus28
Posts: 9

ronniesonora: that gets rid of the icons on the taskbar but no the taskbar itself
xhi: There's a little blue bar left, is it possible to turn it black?
thanks to all of you!

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Xhi
Xhi
Posts: 6298

Without third party software not sure you can. I don't have any recommendations there. One idea would be to use the screen adjustment buttons on your monitor and move the screen vertically down a small amount below the frame of the monitor.

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ronniesonora
Posts: 919

Camalus28, try this Right-click an empty space on the Windows XP desktop background. Click "Properties" from the menu options.

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Select the "Appearance" tab.

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Click on the "Windows and Buttons" drop-down menu. Click on "Windows Classic Style."

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Click on the "Color Scheme" drop-down menu. Click on "Windows Classic."

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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."

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Click "Apply." Wait for Windows XP to apply the changes. Close the desktop "Properties" box.

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Camalus28
Posts: 9

Thanks to both of you again! And when i drag it down, it stays until i reboot. It's back to normal when i boot it up again, and i can't lock it down...

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ronniesonora
Posts: 919

I found this, you might want to take a look or try is http://download.cnet.com/Taskb.....08230.html

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Camalus28
Posts: 9

Hmmmm, i tried it and the taskbar still pops up before the eliminator has a chance to start...

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minigeek
minigeek
Posts: 353

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"

http://www.knowledgesutra.com/.....shell.html

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.

Good Luck!

MiniGeek

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Camalus28
Posts: 9

Minigeek, that worked perfectly! Thank you :D

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