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Exclude a Program from the Start Menu

By: Arie Slob

You can remove a program shortcut from the left side of the new Start menu (where XP shows you a number of most frequently used programs) by right clicking the shortcut and choosing Remove from This List, but you will notice that after some time (if you continue to use the program), it will reappear.

There is a way to ban programs from this part of the Start menu permanently:

  1. Start the Registry Editor
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ FileAssociation \
  3. Right-click the String Value AddRemoveApps, and select Modify
  4. Add the name of the programs executable at the end of the Value data, make sure that the name is preceded by a semicolon (;)
  5. When ready, press OK and close the registry editor
  6. Log off, or restart Windows for the changes to take effect


This is one of the functions performed by:


Tweaking Toolbox XP