Desktop Cleanup Wizard in Windows®
About Windows desktop cleanup wizard and the ways to enable and disable Windows desktop cleanup wizard.
The Windows operating systems from Windows XP onwards come loaded with a new utility called the Desktop Cleanup Wizard. The Desktop Cleanup Wizard feature or utility is known as the Clean Desktop in Windows 7 and Windows Vista systems and known as Desktop Cleanup Wizard in the Windows XP systems. The Desktop Cleanup Wizard in the Windows systems is intended to clean the desktop icons that are unwanted or not being used by the user. The default time for the desktop icons to be considered as unwanted items is 60 days. If the Desktop Cleanup Wizard is kept enabled upon the user system, the utility would monitor the desktop icons and would find those icons that are less used in the system. The wizard would display the pop-up while the user is running the system. The user can clean the desktop by clicking on the pop-up and following the steps in the wizard. The wizard window would notify the user about the unused icons and the user can thus confirm the action.
Discussed below are some points related with enabling and disabling Windows Desktop Cleanup Wizard:
- Need for Desktop Cleanup Wizard
- Steps to enable the Desktop Cleanup Wizard
- Steps to disable the wizard
Need for Desktop Cleanup Wizard
The need for Desktop Cleanup Wizard provides an easy way to get rid of the desktop items that are left unused for a long time. The utility would decide the unused icons and perform the operation after notifying the user. The user can avoid the monitoring of the desktop icons that are not used in the system. The Desktop Cleanup Wizard would do the job and perform the cleanup process at regular intervals.
Steps to enable the Desktop Cleanup Wizard
For the purpose of enabling the Desktop Cleanup Wizard, the user should navigate to the 'Control Panel'. Click on 'Appearance and Themes' section in the 'Control Panel' and then choose the 'Display' option. In the 'Display properties' window, click on 'Desktop' tab and then press on the 'Desktop Customization' button. In the 'Customize' option dialog box, select the check box under the 'Desktop Cleanup Wizard' for enabling the option. Click on the 'Clean Now' option if needed to perform the cleaning.
The Desktop Cleanup Wizard would sometimes annoy the users even if the icons are not kept unused. In such cases the user is forced to disable the cleanup utility from appearing at the screen. Navigate to the 'Display Properties' dialog box either through the 'Control Panel' or by right-clicking on the desktop. Select the 'Desktop Customization' option and then deselect the option for disabling the Desktop Cleanup Wizard.
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