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Over the years there have been things I have struggled to find information on using the www. So I thought it may help others if I list it here. Please tolerate the repetition in the descriptions - I hope it will help people find the information.

If you do find this helpful - please drop me a mail - I would love to know how I helped.

1) How to get rid / remove / delete the Toshiba Software Download Store link shortcut on a Toshiba notebook.

The shortcut is officially refered to as an OEM link by Microsoft.

Here is the link to Microsoft's site which describes how to add/remove it: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;555437

Below is the test description:

How to add or modify the OEM link on the Windows XP style start menu
Important: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry

1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe) and navigate to the subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartMenu\StartPanel\ShowOEMLink

2. On the right hand pane, double click on the DWORD value named 'NoOEMLinkInstalled' and change its data to '0' (zero) and click on OK.

3. Navigate to the subkey:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2559a1f6-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}]

4. On the right hand pane, double click the string named '(Default)' and enter the name of the link that you want it to appear on the Start menu.

5. Click on edit and point to new and select 'string'. Add the following values:

String name: InfoTip
String data: Any text that you want to appear as a tooltip when you hover over the link.

6. Click on Edit and point to new and select 'Key'. Add the following values:
Key name: DefaultIcon

7. Select the 'DefaultIcon' key in the left hand pane and double click the '(Default)' string value in the right hand pane and enter the full path to a icon file that you want it to appear next to the OEM link on the start menu.

8. Navigate to the subkey:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2559a1f6-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}\Instance\InitPropertyBag

9. Click on edit and point to new and select 'string'. Enter the following values:

String name: Command
String data: The name of the link as you want it to appear on the start menu (same as in step no. 4).

10. Again click on edit and point to new and select 'string'. Enter the following values:

String name: Param1
String data: The fully qualified path to an internet location or a local folder. Example:

C:\Foldername\executable.exe
or
http://www.microsoft.com

11. Exit the registry editor and restart Windows for the changes to take effect. You may have to enable the OEM link through the Start menu properties.


How do I delete email addresses / name out of Outlook's autofill list.
Select it in the list with your up/down arrow keys and press the Delete key.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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