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windows 7Windows SlideShow is an interesting feature in Windows 7 and Vista which delivers information from your PC to a secondary display on two kind of devices: those which are integrated into a computer, such as a small color display in a laptop lid; and those that are separate from a computer, such as a remote control or mobile phone. Windows SlideShows is able to display gadgets, information about your computer (if it is in sleep mode, for example), incoming emails, pictues, news etc. However, in order to save precious computer resource, you might wish to turn it off. Here is a brief tutorial to achieve this result.

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Search field, type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
  3. If prompted by UAC (User Account Control), click YES .
  4. On the left pane, go to Configuration\Administrative Templates\ Windows Components\ Windows SideShow.
  5. On thr right pane, double click  Turn off Windows SideShow.
  6. Click the Disabled radio button.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Done!

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7 Comments to “How to Turn Off Windows SlideShow in Windows 7 and Windows Vista”

  1. Martin Says:


  2. Anon Says:

    It’s Windows SIDESHOW, not SLIDESHOW you retard.

  3. What? Says:

    For Windows 7 Home Premium (& maybe Basic too), you could try this.
    This will disable your ability to use gadgets.

    1. Click Start.
    2. Type windows features & press Enter.
    3. Find Windows gadget platform (near the bottom of the list) & clear it’s check box.
    4. (Optional). While you’re there, I would also reccomend clearing the check boxes for Games & for Tablet PC components, unless you do have a tablet PC.
    5. Click OK.

  4. Dennis F Says:

    PS: Using Win 7 Pro.

  5. Dennis F Says:

    I researched the Wiki and MS for info on this. I use a Logitech G15 keyboard with a display. I’m not sure, but I think I would lose my RSS feeds in the display if I turned this off. Any ideas, Frank?

  6. Web Talk Says:

    Hi leofelix,
    yes, this problem is well-known in Windows 7. Home Premium or Basic editions do not have this command. I have made a quick search and as far as I can see there is not any solution to this issue. Sorry!

  7. leofelix Says:

    Thank you.
    Since gpedit.msc is not available in Windows 7 Home Premioum do you know any alternative method?


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