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what is the desktop "cleanup" service ??

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by paul0073, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. paul0073

    paul0073 Flightless Bird

    As the subject say, what uses the desktop cleanup "service"? I got an
    info that wanted to "clean" my desktop as some icons haven't been used.
    Never had that "service" even when I installed the sp3.

    My system is now reinstalled real clean on a new harddrive using a
    slipstreamed cd that has winxp sp3. Strange that things behave
    differently as opposed to just installing the sp3.

    I just want to kill the watchdog that wants to destroy my desktop the
    way I like it.

    Also anyway to also kill the "error msg" that say my firewall isn't
    active? I do use a router with the firewall on. Another item that
    didn't exist before!
     
  2. Bernd

    Bernd Flightless Bird

    -------- Original-Nachricht --------

    >
    > As the subject say, what uses the desktop cleanup "service"? I got an
    > info that wanted to "clean" my desktop as some icons haven't been used.
    > Never had that "service" even when I installed the sp3.
    >
    > My system is now reinstalled real clean on a new harddrive using a
    > slipstreamed cd that has winxp sp3. Strange that things behave
    > differently as opposed to just installing the sp3.
    >
    > I just want to kill the watchdog that wants to destroy my desktop the
    > way I like it.
    >
    > Also anyway to also kill the "error msg" that say my firewall isn't
    > active? I do use a router with the firewall on. Another item that
    > didn't exist before!


    Clean up:
    Desktop properties -> Desktop tab -> checkbox at the bottom

    Firewall:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/security/internet/sp2_disablefwalerts.mspx

    Bernd
     
  3. GbH

    GbH Flightless Bird

    paul0073 wrote:
    > As the subject say, what uses the desktop cleanup "service"? I got an
    > info that wanted to "clean" my desktop as some icons haven't been
    > used. Never had that "service" even when I installed the sp3.
    >
    > My system is now reinstalled real clean on a new harddrive using a
    > slipstreamed cd that has winxp sp3. Strange that things behave
    > differently as opposed to just installing the sp3.
    >
    > I just want to kill the watchdog that wants to destroy my desktop the
    > way I like it.
    >
    > Also anyway to also kill the "error msg" that say my firewall isn't
    > active? I do use a router with the firewall on. Another item that
    > didn't exist before!


    Pardon my ignorance but what is 'an info'?

    --
    --
    Geoff
    ExploitEd

    Wisdom and experience come with age, they say, but I do wish I could
    remember the darn question
     
  4. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Disable the Desktop Cleanup Wizard (Line 62, Left)
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

    HOW TO: Use the Desktop Cleanup Wizard in Windows XP:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306542
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
    www.banthecheck.com


    paul0073 wrote:
    > As the subject say, what uses the desktop cleanup "service"? I got an
    > info that wanted to "clean" my desktop as some icons haven't been used.
    > Never had that "service" even when I installed the sp3.
    >
    > My system is now reinstalled real clean on a new harddrive using a
    > slipstreamed cd that has winxp sp3. Strange that things behave
    > differently as opposed to just installing the sp3.
    >
    > I just want to kill the watchdog that wants to destroy my desktop the
    > way I like it.
    >
    > Also anyway to also kill the "error msg" that say my firewall isn't
    > active? I do use a router with the firewall on. Another item that
    > didn't exist before!
     
  5. Donchano

    Donchano Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 16 Jan 2010 19:48:46 +0100, Bernd <fake@gmx.de> shouted from
    the highest rooftop:

    >Clean up:
    >Desktop properties -> Desktop tab -> checkbox at the bottom


    To be more specific: right mouse click on a clean area of your
    desktop.

    That will open a dropdown menu: left click on "Properties."

    That will open a window with tabs: left click on the tab marked
    "Desktop."

    That will open the Desktop menu: left click the "Customize desktop..."
    button at the bottom.

    That will open yet another window: under the General tab, uncheck the
    box for "Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days."

    If you want, you can also open the "Web" tab and check the box for
    "Lock desktop items."

    Cheers
     
  6. paul0073

    paul0073 Flightless Bird

    In article <ugMlOytlKHA.6096@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl>, fake@gmx.de says...
    >
    > -------- Original-Nachricht --------
    >
    > >
    > > As the subject say, what uses the desktop cleanup "service"? I got an
    > > info that wanted to "clean" my desktop as some icons haven't been used.
    > > Never had that "service" even when I installed the sp3.
    > >
    > > My system is now reinstalled real clean on a new harddrive using a
    > > slipstreamed cd that has winxp sp3. Strange that things behave
    > > differently as opposed to just installing the sp3.
    > >
    > > I just want to kill the watchdog that wants to destroy my desktop the
    > > way I like it.
    > >
    > > Also anyway to also kill the "error msg" that say my firewall isn't
    > > active? I do use a router with the firewall on. Another item that
    > > didn't exist before!

    >
    > Clean up:
    > Desktop properties -> Desktop tab -> checkbox at the bottom


    ^
    customize desktop
    >
    > Firewall:
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/security/internet/sp2_disablefwalerts.mspx
    >
    > Bernd



    MANY THANKS!!! Got both done..
     
  7. paul0073

    paul0073 Flightless Bird

    In article <#tbGF3tlKHA.5520@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl>,
    Geoff_Hannington@IEE.ORGasm says...
    >
    > paul0073 wrote:
    > > As the subject say, what uses the desktop cleanup "service"? I got an
    > > info that wanted to "clean" my desktop as some icons haven't been
    > > used. Never had that "service" even when I installed the sp3.
    > >
    > > My system is now reinstalled real clean on a new harddrive using a
    > > slipstreamed cd that has winxp sp3. Strange that things behave
    > > differently as opposed to just installing the sp3.
    > >
    > > I just want to kill the watchdog that wants to destroy my desktop the
    > > way I like it.
    > >
    > > Also anyway to also kill the "error msg" that say my firewall isn't
    > > active? I do use a router with the firewall on. Another item that
    > > didn't exist before!

    >
    > Pardon my ignorance but what is 'an info'?
    >
    > --


    I should have been more specific. It is an icon on the tray with "I"
    for information; like the "windows security alerts" except the info
    icon is not red since it is "information only". At least it warned me
    before doing the cleaning.

    I have no idea how long it feels is too long but I have my desktop
    set to the way I want it no matter how long between usage. I don't
    follow the "advice" to download the program onto the desktop then
    run it from the desktop; this definitely clutter the desktop if one
    doesn't remove the install icon.

    This was my 1st time encountering the "info" on my tray.
     

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