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Windows 7: Path to the Network

05 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Path to the Network

In Win 7 one can either place an icon on the desktop to access the Network or click the Start Menu > Network. I've gotten into the habit of accessing frequently used programs by using the desktop context menu. It's just a habit that I'm now on "autopilot" when I want to launch frequently used apps. Here's a snip of my desktop context menu with the yellow highlighted items being the files I access frequently:


My question is this...What is the path to the Network so that I can tweak the registry and have Network available from the context menu? Can it even be launched from the context menu?

Thanks for any help.


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06 Sep 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Service Pack 1 - Linux Mint Mate 14 x64
 
 

The path for Control Panel can found within this resolved tutorial:

Link To Path Within Control Panel

Found a tutorial which allow you to add icons to the context menu if preferred:

Context Menu - Add Shortcuts with Icons

EDIT: Managed to find the file path for the Network connections within Control Panel, if you click Network and Internet it will bring you to the Network part of Control Panel:

File Path: C:\Windows\System32\ncpa.cpl

P.S From some of the forums and tutorials I have found, Network Connections is the closest you can get to the Network section of the Control Panel.

Hope this helps,

Harry
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06 Sep 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Mark,

In addition, depending on what network you wanted:

Network Folder Shortcut - Create
%windir%\explorer.exe /e,::{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}

Network Connections - Create Shortcut
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL ncpa.cpl

Network (WORKGROUP) Shortcut - Create
%windir%\explorer.exe /e,::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}


Hope this helps,
Shawn
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06 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thank you both for the replies and I apologize for responding so late. It is the Network Folder that I would like to open when I click on Network from the context menu. However, when I add %windir%\explorer.exe /e,::{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C} as the ValueI get the followingwhen I click on Network
from the context menu:


If %windir% is a specific path I would have to know that as permissions is no problem.

Thanks so much for your assistance. -Mark
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07 Sep 2012   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by markaz View Post
Thank you both for the replies and I apologize for responding so late. It is the Network Folder that I would like to open when I click on Network from the context menu. However, when I add %windir%\explorer.exe /e,::{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C} as the ValueI get the followingwhen I click on Network
from the context menu:


If %windir% is a specific path I would have to know that as permissions is no problem.

Thanks so much for your assistance. -Mark
I believe you need to replace the %windir% with the drive whereby your operating system is located; mostly it is the C: drive.

Hope this helps,

Harry
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07 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by x BlueRobot View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by markaz View Post
Thank you both for the replies and I apologize for responding so late. It is the Network Folder that I would like to open when I click on Network from the context menu. However, when I add %windir%\explorer.exe /e,::{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C} as the ValueI get the followingwhen I click on Network
from the context menu:


If %windir% is a specific path I would have to know that as permissions is no problem.

Thanks so much for your assistance. -Mark
I believe you need to replace the %windir% with the drive whereby your operating system is located; mostly it is the C: drive.

Hope this helps,

Harry
Thanks for the reply, Harry. It had to be more than that as C: is just the drive, not the Directory where Windows is located. But your response turned on the light, age is at work here, and %windir% is almost universally C:\Windows. Brink probably would have stated that in his response only he did not know the drive letter where Windows is located. On my computer %windir% could be G:\Windows. But you're correct....it is C:\.

Thank you Brink for bringing to my attention which Network I was looking for and providing the path. Just a massive brain lapse as to %windir%. So C:\Windows\explorer.exe /e,::{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C} was added as the Value and the Network Folder opens perfectly from the desktop context menu.

Thank you very much!!

Mark
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07 Sep 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news Mark. I'm glad we were able to help.
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07 Sep 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Service Pack 1 - Linux Mint Mate 14 x64
 
 

I'm glad your problem has been solved, and glad we were able to help you (:
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07 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by markaz View Post
On my computer %windir% could be G:\Windows. But you're correct....it is C:\.
I wonder why your %windir% setting points to the root of C:.
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