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Force Windows to Use the Classic Desktop (Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000) Popular

This tweak disables the various enhanced features of the Windows shell which are included in newer releases of Windows and Internet Explorer. It will remove features including Active Desktop, Web view, thumbnail views and the quick launch toolbar.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "ClassicShell" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Note: Requires Internet Explorer 4.0 or greater.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|ClassicShellREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\...|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Explorer]
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Explorer]
Value Name: ClassicShell
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = Default, 1 = Classic Desktop)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: May 16, 2003