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#1 Army Guy

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 11:13 PM

My OS is WinXP Pro /SP2. On my desktop, I right-click and select "New", and a Context Menu appears with shortcuts to some document types. The same event occurs within a folder when I select File > New. Until recently I had only a few selections: Text documemt, Wordpad document, Rich Text Document, Microsoft Office Publisher Document. Then I installed several new software programs, and their shortcuts also appeared in the Context Menu: Hallmark Card Studio project, Microsoft Streets and Trips map, etc. If I had the option when I installed these programs, I did not choose it, and I do not want these shortcuts!

I searched my Registry and found two Locations where all these shortcut names appeared together:

#1 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Discardable\PostSetup\ShellNew

#2 HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1526481764-1885110432-1698105928-1005 \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Discardable\PostSetup\ShellNew

Although it was impossible to delete entries from Location #1, I was able to delete the unwanted shortcut names from Location #2, then they concurrently disappeared from Location #1. That solved my problem only temporarily. Upon going to my Desktop's "New" Context Menu the first time after the Registry deletions, the unwanted items were gone. But upon my second use of this Context Menu, they reappeared. They also reappeared in Registry locations #1 and #2. I was back to Square One.

Does anyone know how to permanently delete shortcuts from the "New" Context Menu?

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 06:49 AM

This appears to be a feature of the Hallmark software - as such, I'd suggest uninstalling it and then removing the entries (if they remain).

The key at Location 1 is what Windows loads from Location 2 when your profile logs onto the computer. It may have been locked because it was in use - or it may have been locked because of the Halmark (or other) program. Regardless, if the thing installs stuff that you don't want without giving you the option - I'd get rid of it.
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