Start menu

im using the classic start menu.

i want to get rid of

documents
search
help and support

what is the easiest way to go about doing that?
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  1. Documents:
    http://malektips.com/windows-xp-start-menu-my-documents.html

    Help and Support:
    http://malektips.com/xp_taskbar_start_0015.html

    Main page for XP start menu tweaks:
    http://malektips.com/windows_xp_taskbar_-_toolbar_-_start_menu_help_and_tips.html

    Search (this requires a registry tweak, best practice to back-up registry before making changes or export key):
    http://www.pctools.com/guides/registry/detail/149/
  2. You can also remove the search function by using a tweak from Kellys Korner.

    Scroll down to line 70 (left hand side). Click on the underlined words To remove

    Save the batch file to your desktop the double click to run. Allow the registry merge.

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

    If you want the search function back run the script to the left of To remove, i.e. Search is Missing from the Start Menu
  3. search is gone but the other two the method described there didn't apply to "classic start menu"
  4. Do you have XP pro?

    Click Start > Run and type in:

    gpedit.msc

    Hit enter.

    Navigate to:

    user configuration>administrative templates>start menu and taskbar

    There are settings in there that aren't normally available.

    Otherwise the fix is again a registry tweak.
  5. gpedit.msc isnt on my computer and run brings up nothing
  6. Ok... If you want to remove the "Documents" & "Help and support" options in the start menu you are going to have to edit the registry.

    Important: Back up your registry in case a mistake is made.

    While in the registry, when indicated to "Export the key to the desktop" you will need to right click the folder in the left pane and select export, name it accordingly and save it to your desktop.

    If you encounter problems from changes that are made you will be able to fix simply by double clicking the new .reg file on the desktop and allowing the merge.


    Remove documents from start menu

    Click on Start > Run and type in:

    regedit

    and hit enter.

    Navigate / drill down to :

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer

    "Export the Explorer key to the desktop"

    In "Explorer" look in the right pane - double click on No RecentDocsMenu and set the Value Data to 1. Click OK, and close registry editor.

    You may need to reboot the pc for the change to take affect.

    Remove Help and support from start menu

    Click on Start > Run and type in:

    regedit

    and hit enter.

    Navigate / drill down to :

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer

    You have already exported the Explorer key to the desktop. Keep this until you are satisfied with the outcome.

    Right click a blank area in the right pane and select "New" > "DWORD Value". Name it:

    NoSMHelp

    Double click the new entry and give it a value of 1.

    Again right click a blank area (in the right pane) for another new DWORD value and name it:

    NoHelp

    Double click the new entry and give it a value of 1.

    Reboot the pc to see if the desired settings have taken effect.

    Please take care when working in the registry, it is a literal minefield to walk through. If you are unsure of any of the steps please allow us to clarify.
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