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Windows 7: Window Explorer Toolbar - Remove


Window Explorer Toolbar - Remove

How to Remove Windows Explorer Toolbar in Windows 7
Published by kookster
21 Feb 2010
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How to Remove Windows Explorer Toolbar in Windows 7

information   Information
In windows 7 Microsoft implemented a new toolbar in Windows Explorer. It has options like: Organize, Share with, Burn, New Folder. Do you want to get rid of this for good? This is how.

Note   Note
If you do this you will not be able to access any of the features that are on this bar, that includes changing which panes are up. You can however use these tutorials registry edits to turn them on or off:
To use custom themes after removing the explorer toolbar, you will have to extract the file to:

C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\"Custom Theme"\Shell\NormalColor







OPTION ONE
To Remove Windows Explorer Toolbar
1. Click on the Download button below to download the Remove Explorer Bar.zip file.
download
2. Disable Aero.
  1. Right click on the Desktop, select "Personalize"
  2. Select "Windows Classic" theme:

3. Download and install "Add_Take_Ownership.reg".
  1. Extract: "Add_Take_Ownership.reg"
  2. Run: "Add_Take_Ownership.reg"
  3. If prompted by User Access Control, then select "Yes".
  4. "Registry Editor" will ask something like:

  5. Select "Yes"
  6. "Registry Editor" will say something like:

  7. Select "OK"
4. Determine whether your operating system is 64 bit or 32 bit.
  1. Right Click on "Computer", select "Properties"
  2. Look next to "System type:", it will say one of these: "64-bit Operating System" or "32-bit Operating System":

5. Taking control of necessary files.
warning   Warning
You MUST back up the following files if you ever wish to revert back. One way you might backup a file is by copying the original file and then renaming the copy "shellstyle - Original.dll" or "shellstyle - Backup.dll". Make sure you do a backup file for each file that you are going to change.

  1. Navigate to the folder:
    Code:
    C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Aero\Shell\NormalColor
  2. Right click on the file: "shellstyle.dll", select "Take Ownership":

  3. If prompted by User Access Control, then select "Yes".
  4. The following Steps 5-7 are for "64-bit Operating System" only.
  5. Navigate to the folder: "C:\Windows\SysWOW64"
  6. Right click on the file: "shellstyle.dll", select "Take Ownership":

  7. If prompted by User Access Control, then select "Yes".

6. If your system is a "64-bit Operating System" perform steps 1-2.
  1. Extract and run the following files: "Shellstyle Extract x64.exe", "Shellstyle Extract x64_2.exe".
  2. If prompted by User Access Control, then select "Yes".
7. If your system is a "32-bit Operating System" perform steps 1-2.
  1. Extract and run the following file: "Shellstyle Extract x86.exe"
  2. If prompted by User Access Control, then select "Yes".
8. Re enable your original theme.
  1. Right click on your Desktop, click "Personalize"
  2. Enable your desired theme
9. You are Done!






OPTION TWO
To Restore Windows Explorer Toolbar
1. Disable Aero.
  1. Right click on your desktop, click "Personalize"
  2. Select "Windows Classic" theme
2. Restore Backups.
  1. Navigate to the folder:
    Code:
    C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Aero\Shell\NormalColor
  2. Change the file "shellstyle.dll" to another name I.E. "shellstyle - NEW.dll"
  3. Put the original file back in this folder and name it "shellstyle.dll"
  1. Navigate to the folder: "C:\Windows\SysWOW64" (Note this folder is only on 64 bit versions of windows 7)
  2. Change the file "shellstyle.dll" to another name I.E. "shellstyle - NEW.dll"
  3. Put the original file back in this folder and name it "shellstyle.dll"
3. Re enable your original theme.
  1. Right click on your Desktop, click "Personalize"
  2. Enable your desired theme
4. You are Done!

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21 Feb 2010   #1
kookster

Windows 7 64-bit Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

hope this helps someone, took me forever to find out how to do this, when I found it i figured there should be a tutorial on how too

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28 Feb 2010   #2
fakts

Windows 7
 
 

I really wanted this to work as I hate that sh**bar, but I couldn't get this to work
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01 Mar 2010   #3
kookster

Windows 7 64-bit Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

did you follow all of the steps? Did you take ownership of the proper files?
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01 Mar 2010   #4
fakts

Windows 7
 
 

I did, but I don't have folder (C:\Windows\SysWOW64)
Running Windows 7, 32
How come I don't have that folder?
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01 Mar 2010   #5
kookster

Windows 7 64-bit Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

That folder is for 64 bit only, so if your windows is 32 bit it wont have it and you shouldn't have to worry about it.
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01 Mar 2010   #6
fakts

Windows 7
 
 

Ok, but
After renaming the old ones and copying the new ones then explorer itself wont start
I get the frame and it looks busy and nothing, explorer itself wont function anymore
Luckily I have xplorer2 installed, otherwise I would be F*****
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01 Mar 2010   #7
kookster

Windows 7 64-bit Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

wait so you are reverting it, and it did that? I need you to list in detail every step you did and how you did it.
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01 Mar 2010   #8
fakts

Windows 7
 
 

I did exactly as instructed, the problem is that Explorer wont function after switching Shellstyle files
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01 Mar 2010   #9
kookster

Windows 7 64-bit Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

What version of windows 7 do you have? and its 32 bit correct?

Well doesnt matter, I was able to replicate this, im working on fixing it. Sorry about this.
There seems to be a issue with the windows/system32 file. O also a note there are still ways you can get to files without explorer, if you open taskmanager select new task, run notepad. You can use its open file menu as a file browser pretty well, just make sure you select all files.
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