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Remove user installed gadgets from Sidebar.

This tweak can disable execution of user installed gadgets from the new Sidebar feature of desktop.

Tweak for : Windows Vista
Microsoft has introduced yet another feature in Windows Vista, the Sidebar on desktop. Sidebar has the ability to make use of gadgets, which are small applets that may display information or utilities to the user.

With this tweak you can opt to disable execution by removing user installed gadgets from Windows Sidebar.

For this, go to Start > Run menu, enter “regedit” and navigate to the registry path listed below. If any of the subkeys “\Windows\Sidebar” does not exist, create it as explained below. Then, create a DWORD value “TurnOffUserInstalledGadgets” in the right panel, and change its value to “1”.

However, if you want to enable user installed gadgets, change the value to “0”.

The changes take effect after a restart or logoff.

Turn Off User Installed Gadgets.reg

The '.reg' file will turn-off user installed gadgets.

Turn On User Installed Gadgets (Default).reg

The '.reg' file will turn-on user installed gadgets.

Apply registry settings according below given steps of screenshots with related changes.

Remove users installed gadgets from Windows Sidebar.

Users installed gadgets to Windows Sidebar are fully-functional, by default.

First, click the 'Start' button, and select 'Run'. In the resulting dialog box, type 'regedit'.

Second, go to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\] and create a new key 'Windows'.

Third, create a new subkey 'Sidebar' under the key 'Windows'.

Fourth, create a DWORD value 'TurnOffUserInstalledGadgets' under the subkey 'Sidebar'.

Next, right click on the DWORD value 'TurnOffUserInstalledGadgets' and select 'Modify'.

Finally set the value data as '1' in the textbox and click 'OK'.

Showing Windows Version on the Desktop (For Windows 98/Me).

Category : Display > Desktop

Enabling this option will show the Version information of Windows on the desktop and disabling the option will hide this information from desktop.

Do not save changed icon position on desktop (For All Users)

Category : Display > Desktop

Users can change the positions of icons and place them anywhere on the desktop. Windows saves such settings even when the user logs off or restarts the system. This setting can let you disable such feature.

Remove “Active Desktop” item from Settings in the Start menu (For Current User in Win 98/Me).

Category : Display > Desktop

This setting enables you to remove the menu item “Active Desktop” from Settings in the Start menu.

Remove “Active Desktop” item from Settings in the Start menu (For All Users in Win 98/Me).

Category : Display > Desktop

This setting enables you to remove the menu item “Active Desktop” from Settings in the Start menu.

Prevent changes to “Active Desktop” settings.

Category : Display > Desktop

This setting removes the options from Desktop, where you can make changes to the “Active Desktop” settings.

 
 
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