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cleanup XP: Disable the automatic desktop cleanup wizard [How To]Back in the day, when Windows XP was brand new and shiny, one of the New Features was the Desktop Cleanup Wizard. The idea was to help you keep your desktop tidy and un-cluttered.

Personally I never used it. I pride myself in maintaining a strict Desktop Clutter Policy and rarely allow any programs I install to take occupation on my desktop. Therefore I never needed the DCW, and could remove that annoying popup reminder all together.

Here’s how you do it

  • Right click an empty area on the desktop.desktop cleanup XP: Disable the automatic desktop cleanup wizard [How To]
  • Click Properties and select Properties.
  • Click the Desktop tab.
  • Click Customize Desktop.
  • In the Desktop Items dialog box, clear the checkbox labeled “Run Desktop Wizard every 60 days.”
  • Click OK to close the dialog boxes.

You can still run the wizard manually should you want to, by clicking “Clean Desktop Now” in the Desktop Items dialog box.

unused XP: Disable the automatic desktop cleanup wizard [How To]



 XP: Disable the automatic desktop cleanup wizard [How To]

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Computer geek from the age of 7, which amounts to 30 years of computer experience. From the early days (when every computer company had their own OS) of DOS, Windows 1.0 through Seven...

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  • Idd00jea

    Using WXP Pro: I can’t follow instructions after second step.

    • http://www.mintywhite.com Thomas

      having problems ?
      Please be a little more specific.

      • Idd00jea

        I can’t find the checkbox labeled “Run Desktop Wizard every 60 days” when pressed “Customize Desktop” button.

      • http://www.mintywhite.com Thomas

        Take a look at the image I added, it shows you the window you should see when following the instructions.

      • Idd00jea

        That new image you added is what I never find when following your first steps of instructions, so I suppose these instructions ARE NOT for Windows XP Pro operating system.
        Isn’t it the reason ?. Just try using Windows XP and you will see the difference.

    • ABC123

      +1 Also cannot see that option on a clean install of XP.

  • Idd00jea

    Sorry, … I have just found the frame for “Desktop Items” and unselected the “Run Desktop Wizard every 60 days.” checkbox.

    Sorry again.


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