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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).
     
    JC713 and cliffordcooley like this.
  2. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,021   +913

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

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,262   +541

    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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