XP_CommonTasks.exe - Remove Common Tasks from Desktop
Doug Knox - 5/04/2003

This application will correct the Registry setting that causes the Common Tasks pane to appear on the Windows XP Desktop. 

The correct value is:  file://%userappdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop.htt

And exists in:

HKCR\CLSID\{00021400-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}\shellex\ExtShellFolderViews\{5984FFE0-28D4-11CF-AE66-08002B2E1262}

To use: Download the XP_CommonTasks.zip file and save it to your hard drive Locate and double-click the file you just saved and extract XP_CommonTasks.exe. Double click XP_CommonTasks.exe to run the utility. You will need to log off/log on or reboot for the change to take effect.  There is no install/uninstall.  Simply delete the EXE file to remove it.

The original VB Script version can still be found here.

This page last updated 06/03/2011 06:11
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