October 21, 2011

How to remove the "AMD VISION" entry from the right-click menu


When you right-click on your desktop or in a folder you will see an AMD VISION Engine Control Center (formerly know as ATI Catalyst) entry in your right-click menu which allows you to have a direct access to the AMD Vision Control Center and fiddle with your graphics card settings. If you find this annoying and don't use that function or you have other means to access it (like from the Start menu) you might want to wish to remove it.

Removing the AMD Vision entry context-menu entry:

1. Open regedit.exe. (Start > Run.. (alternatively Windows + R) > type regedit > press OK)

2. Navigate to:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\ACE



3. Double-click on the (Default) key and rename the value data to whatever you wish or put a few dashes in front of it to disable it, as shown in the picture:



4. Changes take effect immediately. You can close regedit.exe.

Note: these steps are valid for any version of Windows.

28 comments :

  1. THANK YOU!
    Glad to know I'm not the only one annoyed by AMD doing this!

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  2. Thanks for this info ... I hate every time I see this !!

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  3. and they didnt give any option to disable this shit..

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  4. Thanks, worked perfectly!

    AMD should know that this is super annoying!!! No one uses this!

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  5. Thanks a lot mate :)
    Helped a lot..always used to annoy me :P

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  6. Graciassssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!

    Thanksssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!

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  7. THUMBS UP!!!!!!! Thanks!!!

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  8. Fantastic! Now my context menu opens instantly, instead of having to wait a good 15 seconds each time.

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  9. This worked successfully for me as well - however, whenever I reboot my computer, my AMD's driver automatically uninstalls itself and I'm left with a generic 800x600 input. I tried reinstalling the driver and rebooting, but I had the same problem until, after using process of elimination, I tried undoing the changes I made to the registry that hid this button from the context menu. Now it works just fine. Anyone else have the same problem? For now I'm just living with the eyesore until I find a solution.

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    1. Pretty sure this doesn't uninstall your graphics card driver. The problem is on your end. Disabling this key merely removes the option from the right-click menu, which can be annoying as it sometimes slows down the opening of the menu in question.

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  10. thanks, exactly what I needed

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  11. Why would you want to remove it if you still have the AMD/ATI driver and card? I recently removed my ATI card and drivers and still the thing showed up in the right click menu so this was great for me, but now I have the NVIDIA menu, which is exactly where I want it, as well as on my taskbar. If you're running ATI card, leave the thing on.

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  12. Awesome, worked! (win 7 ultimate)

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  13. Big thanks :-)

    The right click context menu is one of the best things about Windows (I so miss it when I'm on a Mac). So I resent AMD adding a useless extra line that I'll never use and, worse, not providing an easy way to disable it!!

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  14. Thanks a lot, man!

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  15. Thanks! It really worked immediately.

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  16. Thank you! it worked.

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  17. This seems like a brilliant solution, *except* till I came to a comment that said that this causes your graphics card driver to uninstall itself? WTF??
    Now I don't know whether to try this or not O.o
    I suppose I can always try to undo the changes or use backup and restore if it does this for me but... wow that's quite a little catch. Don't you kind of need your graphics card and drivers lol?
    By the fact that no one else complained about this , I'm hoping it was a one off and won't happen to me, but damn that arrogant amd intrusion into our context menu, so annoying, i'm gonna throw caution to the wind and try it anyway because that's just sooooo annoying.

    ps the person that wrote this..
    "TryptSeptember 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM
    Why would you want to remove it if you still have the AMD/ATI driver and card? I recently removed my ATI card and drivers and still the thing showed up in the right click menu so this was great for me, but now I have the NVIDIA menu, which is exactly where I want it, as well as on my taskbar. If you're running ATI card, leave the thing on."
    Really? I thought the article made this clear: we want to remove that item from our context menu because it's arrogant and useless to put it there because it's something we hardly ever use if at all. Why would this mean we want to get rid of our graphics card?

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  18. help! I can't see the "ACE" in it.

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  19. As if I need to fiddle with my graphics settings like, ever and need my system to lag out constantly to provide this 'convenience'...

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  20. Excellent. I'm running a large network on an Active Directory domain. Group Policy settings can prevent users messing with their screen resolution etc through the display properties dialogue, and then AMD put this item in and override the restrictions I've put on there.

    Intel did something similar a while back (delete the "igfxcpl.dll" file from system32 to get rid of this, if memory serves). A message to both Intel and AMD - stop putting redundant properties dialogue boxes into context menus. I don't want my users changing resolution/colour depth etc, I've locked it down to the native resolution of their display, maximum refresh rate, maximum colour depth. I do NOT want them to be able to change it!

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  21. THANK YOU

    I really hate that catalyst feature, is not useful and slow.

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  22. God Bless You ... it was making me crazy....

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  23. Thank You So Much

    Regards,
    Imtiaz Khan
    www.imediasolutions.in

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