Banishing "Browse the Web" from the Win95 Start Menu

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Banishing "Browse the Web" from the Win95 Start Menu

Postby Andrew T. » 2019-6-05 @ 00:19

This week, I've been reviving a Pentium III system with Windows 95...and after a rocky start with an uncooperative network card, things are going more smoothly.

Except for one small matter: A mysterious, annoying "Browse the Web" option has planted itself in the root level of the Start Menu. I've never seen this appear before on Win95, and I'm not sure which software title, driver, or system update slipped it in. (The system doesn't have IE installed.) How do I get rid of this?!
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Re: Banishing "Browse the Web" from the Win95 Start Menu

Postby Fusion » 2019-6-05 @ 19:30

I've never seen that before either. Weird. Let us know if you ever figure out what put it there.
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Re: Banishing "Browse the Web" from the Win95 Start Menu

Postby keropi » 2019-6-05 @ 19:46

most likely that's a registry entry , maybe some windows customization software can remove it?
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Re: Banishing "Browse the Web" from the Win95 Start Menu

Postby Andrew T. » 2019-6-05 @ 19:50

Caluser2000 wrote:http://www.tech2u.com.au/training/tech2u/win95_2/startmenu.html

That's just a tutorial to edit the Programs tree of the Start Menu, which is trivial for any user. My beef with the "Browse the Web" option is that it doesn't appear in the Programs tree...it appears in the lower reaches of the root level of the menu, where it can't be removed by ordinary means...and where extra items can't be placed to begin with unless you're a Microsoft software developer or an intrepid hex editor!

But, some good news...the problem has been solved! I traced this to a later, 2002-dated version of the "explorer.exe" executable that had become installed (I haven't traced the source, but it was most likely the "unofficial service pack" I had ironed on earlier). Reverting to the original 1996-dated explorer.exe made the unwanted menu item go away. :)
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Re: Banishing "Browse the Web" from the Win95 Start Menu

Postby Fusion » 2019-6-05 @ 20:25

Another reason why 'unofficial' service packs usually suck.
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P3 450 | 128MB PC100| AGP TNT2 Pro 32MB | CT4170 SB16 | MS-DOS 7.10
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Re: Banishing "Browse the Web" from the Win95 Start Menu

Postby Caluser2000 » 2019-6-05 @ 23:59

I've had absolutely no problems with unoficial updates. In fact at times they are more robust than official ones. Just need to look at Windows 10 updates to see that.
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