on Windows 7/8 it was possible to 'never combine, hide labels' with the minwidth registry hack. However on Windows 10 this no longer works.
This is the sole issue preventing me from using Win10 on my primary desktop. (I have been using it for months on my 'play' computer)
I was wondering whether it was possible to monitor the registry to see if a minwidth equivalent key is being read. Using process monitor it will report what keys were attempted to be read, even if they didn't exist.
The problem is getting process monitor to monitor the explorer process as the user is logging in. (I attempted to create a boot log, but I couldn't get it to load - it had an error that I forget now)
I tried auditing the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics\ key, but that just says that an attempt was made to read, it doesn't report what was attempted to be read. i.e. it says WindowsMetrics was read, rather than MinWidth was read.
So my questions are...
Is this a course of action that might yield a suitable registry hack for minwidth on 10?
How can you use process monitor to log the explorer login process (or some other tool that will report attempted key reads)
If this doesn't work, is the taskbar api accessible enough to create a small program that would perform this task
(I'm not looking for a shell replacement, I like win 10 shell! - I'm just looking for a minwidth fix)