Remove Gadgets and Screen Resolution on Windows 7 Desktop Context

How to remove new Gadgets and Screen Resolution items on the context menu?

Maybe we will find that the new Gadgets and Screen Resolution items are added to the context menu in Windows 7. But if you don't want them there, I will show you how to remove them on Windows 7 desktop context menu.

Here is the screenshot to show a bunch of new items (Gadgets and Screen Resolution) at the bottom:


Remove Gadgets and Screen Resolution Items

Normally removing items from a menu should be a simple registry hack, without any complicated instructions. The problem, in this case, is that the new Windows 7 items are actually protected by special permissions making them annoying to remove—but we also have ways to achieve it.

You’ll want to open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following registry key:


Once you’re there, you might notice that while you can see the three new items, you can’t remove or rename them.

What we’ll need to do is give ourselves permission to the keys, starting by right-clicking on the DesktopBackground key and choosing "Permissions".


Now you’ll want to pretty much ignore everything in here, and click the "Advanced" button.


Head to the "Owner" tab, click on Administrators in the list, and then check the box for “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects”.

Make absolutely certain you’ve checked that box before you click Apply!

Now head back to the "Permissions" tab, and select Administrators in the list (which should say Full Control already), and check the box for “Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object”.

Make absolutely certain you select that checkbox before clicking Apply!

You’ll be prompted by Windows, asking if you really want to proceed. We do.


And now, you should be able to rename or delete any of the keys. I would advise making a backup by right-clicking on DesktopBackground and choosing to export into a reghack file.


For example, to remove Gadgets and Screen Resolution from the menu, I’ve deleted both of those keys (after making a backup, of course).


Now we have a nice, clean desktop menu.


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