How can I disable the Desktop Cleanup Wizard?
In Windows XP Pro, the Desktop Cleanup Wizard automatically runs every 60 days and tries to help the user in maintaining a clean and uncluttered desktop.
While good in nature, this feature could be quite annoying for those of us who do know what they want and what they don’t want on their desktop. I usually know exactly what is on my desktop, and everything there is for a purpose. I don’t like semi-automatic brainless wizards touching my computer…
To prevent the Desktop Cleanup Wizard from automatically running follow these steps:
and give it a value of 1.
Note: As always, before making changes to your registry you should always make sure you have a valid backup. In cases where you’re supposed to delete or modify keys or values from the registry it is possible to first export that key or value(s) to a .REG file before performing the changes.
As second method to disable the Desktop Cleanup Wizard is via the GUI: