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How to remove "Gadgets" from desktop right-click menu...?

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro

    How to remove "Gadgets" from desktop right-click menu...?


    Hi everyone,
    I have upgraded my OS from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 8 Pro for the sake of driver compatibility and I have this annoying problem that bugs me which is "Gadgets" in desktop right-click menu, I googled it as always but didn't find any fine solution. Care to help me out?
    Here is a snapshot of my desktop to tell the story better...

    Thanks
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  2. #2


    Hello there!

    Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers and see if you find there one of the following paths

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell


    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers


    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFileSystemObjects\ShellEx


    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi captain,

    I didn't quite get what you meant by above post, I went to "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers" and this is the snapshot of it, I find what now...? Would you please walk me through it...
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  4. #4


    Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Ultimate


    Maybe instead of that, if you want to use gadgets:

    Download 8GadgetPack - 2.0
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  5. #5


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro


    thanks but still there's gotta be a way...
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  6. #6


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Quote Originally Posted by srg84 View Post
    Maybe instead of that, if you want to use gadgets:

    Download 8GadgetPack - 2.0

    Saw you recommend that somewhere the other week.

    Tried it, and am very happy with it..

    Thanks again!!!!
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by hpz364 View Post
    Hi everyone,
    I have upgraded my OS from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 8 Pro for the sake of driver compatibility and I have this annoying problem that bugs me which is "Gadgets" in desktop right-click menu, I googled it as always but didn't find any fine solution. Care to help me out?
    Here is a snapshot of my desktop to tell the story better...

    Thanks
    Click image for larger version
    hpz364,

    You need to delete this key and all its subkeys:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Gadgets

    However, you first need to take ownership of the Gadgets key and give yourself (or the Administrators group) full control of the object and its sub-objects. Then you can delete it and the option will immediately disappear from the Desktop context-menu.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by waqqas31 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hpz364 View Post
    Hi everyone,
    I have upgraded my OS from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 8 Pro for the sake of driver compatibility and I have this annoying problem that bugs me which is "Gadgets" in desktop right-click menu, I googled it as always but didn't find any fine solution. Care to help me out?
    Here is a snapshot of my desktop to tell the story better...

    Thanks
    Click image for larger version
    hpz364,

    You need to delete this key and all its subkeys:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Gadgets

    However, you first need to take ownership of the Gadgets key and give yourself (or the Administrators group) full control of the object and its sub-objects. Then you can delete it and the option will immediately disappear from the Desktop context-menu.
    Thanks for the response, however I had done this before and although I took the ownership of the key, the system didn't let me delete it anyway...
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  9. #9


    Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Ultimate


    You must take ownership of all subkeys and then delete all rights and set "everyone" user all rights in subkeys also. Sorry for my english...
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  10. #10


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by srg84 View Post
    You must take ownership of all subkeys and then delete all rights and set "everyone" user all rights in subkeys also. Sorry for my english...
    Thanks I'll try that and let you guys know the result...
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