I received an email earlier this week from a reader (Brian):
The Hide/Show Menu main menu doesn’t seem to work with this utility. I can easily hide it via other means, but your utility doesn’t seem to do it. All other changes apply, but not that one.
He did quite a bit of research for us, and determined how our utility was writing to the registry. Thanks to Brian’s diagnostic help we have determined that IE 7 no longer looks to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key for the changes described in my previous article on the subject.
Normally with preferences like this, a Microsoft application will search HKEY_CURRENT_USER, then check HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. So if you want to make the setting system wide, you simply write to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. If you want it for just the current user then you write to HKEY_CURRENT_USER.
The more I think about it, we should have been writing the updates to HKEY_CURRENT_USER anyhow. This allows you to customize the setting for each individual user on the system without impacting others.
We have updated it to write to HKEY_CURRENT_USER. To get it you can download it from here.
As always – no spyware, adware included – only freeware goodness.
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