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Remove Name from Windows XP Start Menu

By default, Windows XP Start Menu displays the name of the current logged in account.
Those who dont't like it, can easily get rid of it by tweaking the registry.

Caution: Editing the registry the wrong way can cause serious consequences. Make sure you back up the registry before editing. Click here to learn to Backup the Windows registry.

Below are the steps to remove the name from the start menu.

1. Click Start >> Run
2. Type Regedit and press Enter to open the Registry editor.
3. Now, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
4. On the right pane of the Registry editor, right-click a blank space and select New >> Dword Value. Set the name to NoUserNameInStartMenu
Click Ok.
5. Right-click the newly created Dword and select Modify. Change the value from 0 to 1 and click Ok.

From now, the name will not be displayed in the Windows XP start menu.
To revert the changes, you can always delete the key mentioned in the steps above or change the value to zero.

Another method is to change the Windows XP Start menu to classic style.
1. Right-click the Taskbar and click Properties. The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window appears.
2. Click the Start menu tab and select the Classic Start menu option. Click Ok or Apply to make the changes.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, March 03, 2007


Comment by Anonymous on April 17, 2007 at 9:43 AM  
hi, your informating about winxp,2000 very very helpful to me. I want some more doubts.
Can you send me how to break the Administrator password in WinXp ?
and how to break the activation in Win Xp..thanking youe