On March 14, 2010, I posted a Windows Blog post explaining how to take advantage of the Windows Mobility Center for quick reconfiguration of a notebook PC. The Windows Mobility Center is very convenient for notebooks, but it is not absolutely necessary. And for desktop PCs running Windows 7 or Vista it is potentially resource overhead that you may want to eliminate. You also may want to free up the Mobility Center's shortcut key ([Windows] + X) for some other function or application.
The example for this Quick Tip uses Windows 7, but the procedure should be similar for Vista. There is a PDF version of this blog post available in a TechRepublic Download.
Registry TweakStandard disclaimer: The Windows Registry File is vitally important to the proper operation of the Windows operating system. Please backup the file before you make any registry edits.
To disable the Windows Mobility Center you only need to make one tweak to the Windows Registry file.Click on the Start button and type regedit in the search box. Click on the regedit.exe file in the list of items and answer the UAC prompt. Once in the registry editor (Figure A), navigate to this key:
Windows Registry editorUnder the Policies key there needs to be a key with the name MobilityCenter. If that key does not exist, you will have to create it by right-clicking the Policies key and navigating to the New | Key menu entry. (Figure B)
Create a new key under PoliciesFill in MobilityCenter as the name of the new key as shown in Figure C.
Name the new key MobilityCenterRight-click the newly created MobilityCenter key and create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value (Figure D) with the name NoMobilityCenter. (Figure E)
Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value
Name the new DWORD NoMobilityCenterRight-click the NoMobilityCenter and click the Modify menu item to get to the Value entry screen (Figure F). Change the Value data to 1. Click OK and exit the Registry Editor.
Change to value data to 1 to disable the Windows Mobility Center
If you want to re-enable the Windows Mobility Center, just change the Value data to a zero.
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.