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Disable Highlighting of Newly Installed Programs in Windows XP

Windows XP has a default tendency to highlight newly installed programs. Refer the images below.

This is a feature of XP that sometimes ikrs me.
And guess what? This can be easily disabled in a few simple steps.

You have to use the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window to make any changes to the Windows XP Start Menu.
Here's how you do it..

1. Right click the Taskbar and click Properties to open the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties Window.

2. Click the Customize button to open the Customize Start Menu box.

3. Uncheck Highlight newly installed programs in the Start menu settings section.

Windows Vista too has this behaviour. The steps to disable highlighting in Windows Vista are almost the same, but with a few minor changes.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, March 09, 2007