How to remove Search and File Explorer from the taskbar on Windows 11 with NTLite?

crypticus

Well-Known Member
Remove it startup as always?

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModel\SystemAppData
 

Windows 10 User

Active Member
Remove it startup as always?

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModel\SystemAppData

Yes, it looks like if I disable it and run it , it says disabled, but if I remove it and run it, it adds itself to startup.
 

Windows 10 User

Active Member
its about software, set your software settings.

Then why did you type what you typed? Also, I already looked for a softwate setting that might have been causing this but I find nothing. Anyway, even if it's about software, then why does it remain disabled after disabling it and running it again?
 

crypticus

Well-Known Member
If dev of software added a check for it. and finds out the entry is missing, it can fix itself. but if its present, then leaves as it is. Anyway, try to use use search bar and your brain to think things like "why its adding it self back" "where to add reg files" "where to put cmd commands in" because I won't be helping you anymore, Don't have time for your endless questions and unsatisfied behaviour. not worth it.
 

Windows 10 User

Active Member
If dev of software added a check for it. and finds out the entry is missing, it can fix itself. but if its present, then leaves as it is. Anyway, try to use use search bar and your brain to think things like "why its adding it self back" "where to add reg files" "where to put cmd commands in" because I won't be helping you anymore, Don't have time for your endless questions and unsatisfied behaviour. not worth it.

Like I said, I didn't find it (and it looks like you are not even sure if there's one or at least you're not telling me where it is), and not every one knows how to do advanced settings like add cmd commands or reg keys in NTLite (or at least what do to create them in the first place). Sorry for not being a pro like you. Then why do you keep replying? It's not my fault when you expect every one to know how to do the things you mention so it's normal why I'm not satisfied.
 

garlin

Moderator
Staff member
I checked the registry.
CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband is missing from both HKU\.DEFAULT and Default User\NTUSER.DAT.

Which means the user's first logon is creating this key. Unless you make a RunOnce task, Post-Setup commands aren't much help.
Every discussion of this hack online never mentions how to make it work from install.
 

Windows 10 User

Active Member
I checked the registry.
CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband is missing from both HKU\.DEFAULT and Default User\NTUSER.DAT.

Which means the user's first logon is creating this key. Unless you make a RunOnce task, Post-Setup commands aren't much help.
Every discussion of this hack online never mentions how to make it work from install.

So, it's not possible to remove File Explorer from the taskbar with NTLite?
 
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garlin

Moderator
Staff member
You can unpin any app from the taskbar. The question is which method you can implement.

- Unpinning by hand (takes two seconds)
- Deleting Quick Launch links/Explorer Taskband (most common answer). Doesn't work until you're signed on.
- Unpinning app using VBScript or PowerShell (using the same WMI). Doesn't work until you're signed on.
- Custom Start Menu/Taskbar Layout (most difficult). Can be added to image, W10 & W11 solutions are different.

If you're not comfortable with scripting, unpin by hand (it's like 3 default apps) or run the two commands in CMD.

Not everything in Windows is a simple on/off switch.
 

Clanger

Well-Known Member
People get very et up about adding things to an image and i am not pointing fingers here because it is a widespread issue but for the love of god there is nothing wrong with doing stuff Live. I mean, how long does it take for a bat or cmd file to run and is it really a hardship to run a bat each time a new user is created. It saves time and posts and users energy replying by doing it Live, i prefer doing it all Live with a bat because you can go much further than you can with a reg file alone.
 

Windows 10 User

Active Member
You can unpin any app from the taskbar. The question is which method you can implement.

- Unpinning by hand (takes two seconds)
- Deleting Quick Launch links/Explorer Taskband (most common answer). Doesn't work until you're signed on.
- Unpinning app using VBScript or PowerShell (using the same WMI). Doesn't work until you're signed on.
- Custom Start Menu/Taskbar Layout (most difficult). Can be added to image, W10 & W11 solutions are different.

If you're not comfortable with scripting, unpin by hand (it's like 3 default apps) or run the two commands in CMD.

Not everything in Windows is a simple on/off switch.

What about preventing Edge from adding itself on startup after removing it from there and running it?

EDIT: Weird, after manually disabling Edge from startup and ran it, it stayed disabled.
 
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