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Turning Off Mis-Features of Windows

Many features added by Microsoft to the Windows operating system are damaging to productivity and should generally be turned off by serious users.  The best example is Personalized Menus, which go against the very purpose of menus by hiding from you the full range of available functionality.  Some people do not know these features can be turned off and fight against them day-after-day.  Others know they can be turned off but can't remember where Microsoft have hidden the controls.

On this page, I intend to collect suggestions for turning a new installation of Windows into a decent working environment somewhat like Windows 98SE.  You may disagree with my choices, so at each step I'll tell you what I'm doing and why and you can make the call.

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Taskbar

Personalized Menus

Desktop Icons