Modified Windows setting with XP patches

  Original_Bagpuss 03:04 18 Sep 04

I have had some unwelcome 'benefits' from recent XP (SP1 and SP2) updates. Firstly, the unwanted 'search assistant' which shrinks my quick-launch into a corner in the task bar and occurs at every start-up/re-start. Secondly, my machine now starts with 'my documents' folder as an open folder on my machine rather than a simple desktop view (this was SP2s contribution). Can anyone help me disable these annoying modifications so my desktop and task bar are clear of this unwelcome clutter?

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