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Question: How can I make those 'White Baloon' help messages in my system tray go away? I'm using Windows XP.

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Your wanting to know how to permanently disable those irritating "white balloon" help messages that keep popping up all over my desktop and system tray? There are a couple of things you can done to get rid of these for good! To my knowledge these instructions are for Windows XP+. I am not sure about Windows Vista but it may be worth a try if your having this problem and your running that version of Windows.

First Solution:

1.) Open up any window or click on My Computer.
2.) Click on the Tools tab near the top of the window you have open.
3.) Then click on Folder Options -> View -> Advanced Settings
4.) Uncheck: Show pop-up descriptions for folder and desktop items
5.) Click Apply or Ok
Other solutions can be found at the Microsoft website:

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