You can safely disable this feature by doing the following;
Rightclick your taskbar and click "Properties"
Next select the 2nd tab; "Start menu"
Now click on the button that says "Adjust" or "Modify"
(pardon me since I am only capable of accessing a Dutch
version of Windows XP at the moment - bu there only is one
button there so it's quite evident I hope)
In this new window click on the tab that says "Advanced"
and there, untick the option called "Highlight newly
Click on "OK" and "OK" to return to your desktop. This
should then have disable the feature to highlight newly
Hope this helps,
Mochtar van de Griendt
>I have installed several programs. They remain
>highlighted in the start menu even after accessing and
>rebooting. How long are they to remain highlighted?
>I know about disabling feature, but cannot find info on
>this feature and how its supposed to work. I have
>downloaded the latest drivers.
>Thanks in advance,