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Removing ATI’s Catalyst Control Center from the Windows context menu

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One of the worst things about bloated software is the addition of shortcuts and context menus that are better suited as opt-in features rather than self-imposed annoyances. So, call me a purist, but when I recently switched from a GeForce videocard to one of the newer Radeon HD boards, I hated to see a new context menu option added by ATI drivers that looks plain ugly with its red icon and too-wide-to-be-true length.

In case you don’t know what I’m talking about…
ati-catalyst-control-center

Looking for a solution I stumbled upon this website that offers the quick & dirty tip, if you want to disable the new link:

Open regedit and go to:
KEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\ACE
Then then remove the key named “ACE“.

Alternatively, you can download these registry files and run them to disable or enable back the ATI option.

Written by Julio Franco

January 31st, 2008 at 5:18 am

11 Comments so far

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  1. Thanks!

    random_n

    29 Mar 08 at 9:30 pm

  2. thanx pal!

    istanbuL

    18 Jul 08 at 3:02 pm

  3. Great! I finally get rid of the link! Thanks.

    Khoa

    8 Aug 08 at 10:13 pm

  4. Thank you !!! This worked like a gem.

    Don Q Wall

    17 Aug 08 at 2:46 am

  5. Thank you, I can finally get rid of that annoyance!

    Why does ATI feel it mandatory to inform me that Catalyst is a registered trademark, every time I right-click the desktop?

    Abbers

    1 Oct 08 at 5:02 am

  6. Thanks! Very annoying option :(

    All the best!

    Vivio

    15 Nov 08 at 8:39 am

  7. i love you.. thanks!

    dinko

    29 Nov 08 at 10:59 am

  8. Thanks a ton, that was sooo annoying.

    Matt

    11 Aug 09 at 11:07 pm

  9. thnks dude..ATI – great card, sh*t software..

    tofsla

    18 Aug 09 at 9:19 am

  10. Quick thanks

    Fake Name

    22 Dec 09 at 5:48 am

  11. thanks :)
    you got anymore tweaks for ati catalyst?
    like how to remove some of the 4 processes it takes to run it?

    dean

    22 Feb 10 at 1:31 pm



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