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Windows 7: Removing device classes from Computer explorer window

03 Sep 2012   #1

Everything from 98SE to Win7 64-bit
Removing device classes from Computer explorer window

This question is related directly to this thread. I added bluetooth devices to Windows7 Home 64bit, and now they are annoyingly in Computer under "Other" as well as appearing at the top of the folder drop-down (which I use constantly). I would like to remove the bluetooth device class from appearing in the Computer explorer...I do not want to remove the devices themselves, only their appearance in the Computer explorer window. I can easily get to them through the Devices and Printers control panel the rare times I need them, so having them in Computer seems redundant and unnecessary.

I checked the suggestion in that earlier thread and found one of the objects (the Mrs.' cell phone since its name was easy to specify) in \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID in the registry, but searching for each object and deleting the icon seems really tedious, and something that would need to be repeated any time a new device is added. Seems inefficient, and I'm not sure how much of the parent to delete without causing issues for the connection itself.

And this doesn't apply just to bluetooth devices - there should be some set of reg entries that determine what classes of items appear in that explorer window. It should be trivial to remove bluetooth, unattached media (MP3) players, etc. from displaying in that window, but after spending too long this morning researching the issue, I can't find any reasonable way to remove these device classes from that window.

Would greatly appreciate any suggestions.

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