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Gmail Notifier Disabled on other Windows Accounts

Did I really not post this before? I've had to set this up multiple times, and it bites me every time.

In my household, the four of us share some computers, and we all have our own accounts on them. Some of us use Gmail and the Gmail notifier, and some of us don't.

The problem: Gmail notifier installs for all users, no exceptions. So the accounts that don't use Gmail still get the annoying login screen every time the computer boots up. No one should ever have to deal with a modal dialog that doesn't enrich their lives.

My workaround is this: Use RegEdit to tweak the GMail startup behavior.

Remove the individual value from HKLM's Run:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"{<GMAIL'S GUID>}="C:\\Program Files\\Google\\Gmail Notifier\\gnotify.exe"

And for every user that wants it, add it to their particular HKCU's Run:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"{<GMAIL'S GUID>}="C:\\Program Files\\Google\\Gmail Notifier\\gnotify.exe"

That should now disable the Gmail Notifier on the accounts that don't want it.

Tags: geek, solved


 (no name) on Sep 17th 2009 at 5:09 PM
Brilliant ! why didn't I think of that ?? thanks

 (no name) on Feb 27th 2010 at 1:06 PM
Thanks David, Awesome help for the masses (or me at least) Brad

 (no name) on Jan 18th 2011 at 2:16 AM
i cant find gmail notifier in the run folder.

 dblume on Jan 18th 2011 at 3:35 AM
Do you see a GUID there? Did you install GMail?

 bothwill on Feb 21st 2011 at 8:23 PM
The last time I entered RegEdit I ended up ruining my whole system, I deleted the wrong dll file extension and my operating system was crushed in a matter of seconds. Thanks for sharing this, I've been dealing with this notifier myself for quite some time.