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Remove AMD Catalyst / Nvidia Control Panel from the Windows desktop right-click menu

By Julio Franco
Jun 29, 2013
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  1. 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 AMD drivers that looks plain ugly with its red icon and too-wide appearance.

    In case you don’t know what I’m talking about…

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    There's a very easy way to remove it however. 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.

    Nvidia drivers also add a similar shortcut, though it's of a more subtle appearance and they offer a quick way to remove it without any registry hacks.

    Open the Nvidia Control Panel using that desktop shortcut, then on the window menu go to: View > Add Desktop Context Menu. That will actually disable it from view upon click (or enable it back).
     
    Jad Chaar and cliffordcooley like this.
  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Lol. I still dont get what is so bad about that icon xD!
     
  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder You know, that one guy with the PC Posts: 2,189   +589

    Lol? I don't mind either sides menu add on, but it's good to know for those who do find it annoying. :p
     

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