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Computer - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

How to Add or Remove Computer from Navigation Pane in Windows 7
Published by Brink
17 Nov 2009
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How to Add or Remove Computer from Navigation Pane in Windows 7


information   Information
This will show you how to add or remove Computer in the Windows Explorer Navigation Pane in Windows 7.
warning   Warning
  • You can only do this while logged into an administrator account.
  • This will affect all user account's on the computer.
  • This will also add or remove the default Computer desktop icon as well.

EXAMPLE: Computer in Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is Computer added (default) (left screenshot below) and removed (right screenshot below) from the Navigation Pane.
Computer - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-default.jpg

Computer - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-removed.jpg



Here's How:
1. Open the Start Menu and type regedit.exe in the search line, then press enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

3. In Regedit, go to the location below: (See screenshot below step 4)
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\ShellFolder
4. In the left pane of regedit, right click on the ShellFolder key and click on Permissions. (See screenshot below)
Computer - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-step-.jpg
5. At the top, select the Administrators group. At the bottom, check the Allow box to the right of Full Control and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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7. In the right pane of regedit, right click on a empty space and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type Attributes and press enter. (See screenshots below)
NOTE: If Attributes is already here, then you can skip this step and go to step 8 below instead.
Computer - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-step-c.jpg

Computer - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-step-c2.jpg

8. In the right pane of regedit, right click on Attributes and click on Modify. (See screenshot below)
Computer - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-step-d.jpg
9. To Add Computer to the Navigation Pane
NOTE: You can also right click on Attributes and click on Delete and Yes to restore Computer to the Navigation Pane.
A) Type in b084010c and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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B) Go to step 9.
10. To Remove Computer from the Navigation Pane
A) Type in b094010c and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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11. If you have 64-bit Windows 7 Installed
Note   Note

To also add or remove Computer from the "Open" and "Save as" type windows as well in 64-bit Windows 7, you will also need to do this step.

If you have a 32-bit Windows 7 installed, then skip this step since doing steps 1 to 7/8 will add or remove Computer from the "Open" and "Save as" type windows as well.
A) In Regedit, go to the location below:
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\ShellFolder
B) Repeat steps 4 to 9/10 above.
11. Close regedit.

12. Restart the computer to fully apply.
That's it,
Shawn




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17 Nov 2009   #1
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

As usual, great tutorial.
Edit: I found that if I quit the Explorer process and restarted it, I did not need to reboot.

Edit 2: Shawn, I noticed that the registry value does more than just remove My Computer from the navigation pane. It also removes the icon from the desktop, even when the box is checked. I rebooted just to make sure the problem was not caused by quitting explorer and restarting it, with no success. I entered the enable value and My Computer magically reappeared.

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17 Nov 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Jonathan. True, but if you had other user accounts on the computer, it would be easier to restart.

EDIT:
Thank you again Jonathan. I added a warning about the desktop icon.
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20 Jul 2010   #3
typ911411and718

windows 7 | Vista
 
 

oh good, this means i can also remove the library from the nav pane, yes?
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20 Jul 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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16 Dec 2011   #5
kancaras

Win7 Pro 64bit RTM
 
 

I just tried the tutorial and it doesnt work for me. I am stuck at Step 5. It says "Unable to save permission change...." and I AM logged in as administrator. Windows 64bit pro.
I used THIS method to remove ather shortcuts, now i only need to remove computer.
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16 Dec 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Kancaras,

It sounds like you may need to use step 3 of Option Two in METHOD TWO of the tutorial below to take ownership of the ShellFolder registry key first, then try setting the permissions for it.

Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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08 Jul 2013   #7
Soyabeaner

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Is this the only method to also hide the Computer icon under the Desktop icon in file open/save dialogs? If so then I'd rather not go with it because then it'll also hide all the drive letters in the navigation pane, which I need .

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08 Jul 2013   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Soyabeaner,

I'm afraid so.
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02 Nov 2013   #9
GrayGhost2

XP/7x32-x64/8x64
 
 

Just discovered ...
Remove "Computer" from Navigation Pane ... took immediate affect without rebooting
Add "Computer" to Navigation Pane ... must be rebooted to take affect

Windows 7 x32-bit
As Administrator
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