Reset XP Taskbar Program Groups

I consider myself a power user to some extent. After working on a few things, I might end up with 8-10 Firefox windows grouped together on my taskbar. This is all well and good, except eventually when I went to click on the program group, I no longer got my list of windows to choose from. Frustrating!

I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know this is curable with a handy little VB script (right click, save as). Esentially, this modifies the registry and restarts Explorer. After running, you’ll find that your start menu and taskbar are defaulted back to stock settings and program groups are fixed.

 

About Benjamin Perove

Benjamin has been associated with computer technology starting from a very early age, and has contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises since 2001. He loves to crush pow at Keystone, play acoustic guitar, climb rocks, and ascend mountains on his road bike. Benjamin is an Avalanche fan and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.

Fix (Empty) XP Start Menu Programs

Have you ever clicked on Start > Programs and instead of being presented with a list of 50 of your programs, it says (Empty)? Not to worry–here’s a simple fix:

regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

Run with adequate privileges and restart. That ought to do it.

 

About Benjamin Perove

Benjamin has been associated with computer technology starting from a very early age, and has contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises since 2001. He loves to crush pow at Keystone, play acoustic guitar, climb rocks, and ascend mountains on his road bike. Benjamin is an Avalanche fan and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.

Uninstall Windows Messenger

Windows Messenger always seems to find its way into your system tray one way or another. Remove it once and for all by editing:

c:\windows\inf\sysoc.inf

Look for the line with msmsg and near the end, remove HIDE so the commas have nothing in between. You will then be able to uninstall the program from Add/Remove Programs in the control panel, under Windows Components.

See ya.

 

About Benjamin Perove

Benjamin has been associated with computer technology starting from a very early age, and has contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises since 2001. He loves to crush pow at Keystone, play acoustic guitar, climb rocks, and ascend mountains on his road bike. Benjamin is an Avalanche fan and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.

Remove the Language Toolbar

Tired of the language toolbar always showing up on the taskbar? Remove it permanently by unregistering a DLL. From a command prompt, type:

regsvr32 /u msutb.dll

Adios.

 

About Benjamin Perove

Benjamin has been associated with computer technology starting from a very early age, and has contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises since 2001. He loves to crush pow at Keystone, play acoustic guitar, climb rocks, and ascend mountains on his road bike. Benjamin is an Avalanche fan and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.

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