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31 Jan 2009   #
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Drive Letters - Show Before or After Name in Computer

How to Show Drive Letters Before or After Drive Name in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8


information   Information
This will show you how to have drive letters in the Computer or This PC show before or after the drive name in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.


EXAMPLE: Drive Letters Before and After Drive Name in Computer
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OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Show all Drive Letters After the Drive Name for All Users
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
NOTE: This is the default setting. This will override steps 2 and 3.
Show_Drive_Letters_After_All_Users.reg
download
B) Go to step 4.
2. To Show all Drive Letters Before the Drive Name for All Users
NOTE: This will override steps 1 and 3.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Show_Drive_Letters_Before_All_Users.reg
download
B) Go to step 4.
3. Show all Drive Letters Before Drive Name for Only Current User (you)
NOTE: This step will be overridden by step 1 or 2 above.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Show_Drive_Letters_Before_Current_User.reg
download
4. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

5. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

6. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION TWO
Manually in Registry Editor
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, click on Yes in the UAC prompt.

3. For Only Current User (you)
A) In regedit, navigate to the locations below.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
B) Do either step 5 or 6 for what you wanted to do.
4. For All Users on the Computer
A) In regedit, navigate to the locations below. (see screenshot below)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
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B) Do either step 5 or 6 for what you wanted to do.
5. To Show the Drive Letters Before the Drive Name
A) In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. (see screenshot above)

B) Type ShowDriveLettersFirst and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
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C) Right click on the ShowDriveLettersFirst and click on Modify. (see Screenshot above)

D) Type the number below for what you want, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)



Note   Note
  • 1 = Drive letters displayed first for remote drives only.
  • 4 = Drive letters displayed first for all drives.
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E) The registry will now look like this. (see screenshot below)
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F) This step depends on if you did step 3 or step 4 above.
  • If you did step 3, then be sure to also do step 6 at the step 4 location.
  • If you did step 4, then be sure to also do step 6 at the step 3 location.
G) Go to step 7.
6. To Show all Drive Letters After the Drive Name
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Right click on the ShowDriveLettersFirst (if available) and click on Delete. (see screenshot above)

B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion. (see screenshot below)
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C) This step depends on if you did step 3 or step 4 above.
  • If you did step 3, then be sure to also do this at the step 4 location.
7. Close Regedit.

8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.
That's it,
Shawn







Attached Files
File Type: reg Show_Drive_Letters_After_All_Users.reg (488 Bytes, 1758 views)
File Type: reg Show_Drive_Letters_Before_All_Users.reg (518 Bytes, 4837 views)
File Type: reg Show_Drive_Letters_Before_Current_User.reg (314 Bytes, 1531 views)
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