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Windows 7: How to remove "Favorites" from explorer

18 Nov 2009   #11

Windows 7 Professional x64 PL

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoobKillerSM View Post

I did as said but don't know why, my favourites are now stuck. How can I bring them back as it was at the beginning?
So go back to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}\ShellFolder find Attributes string and restore to a0900100 (in hex) +restart

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03 Jun 2010   #12

Windows 7, 64-Bits

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoobKillerSM View Post

I did as said but don't know why, my favourites are now stuck. How can I bring them back as it was at the beginning?

This is how it looks now, when I click on it nothing is happening :

Hard to believe it didn't work

I also did the change and am finally happy !

Here, open a Command Window, run this command and post the screenshot:
(everything in one line )

reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}\ShellFolder

This will display the contents of the key. BTW, here is the output so you can check by yourself:
Attributes REG_DWORD 0xa9400100
PinToNameSpaceTree REG_SZ No

Perhaps you mis-read the original post from DeathAngel and made a mistake by typing a0940100 instead of 09400100. Note how subtle it is but if you break in two words it becomes evident (remember, the value is a double 32-bit word):
a094 0100 <-- original
a940 0100 <-- modified

Yeah, you can use the command "reg" to check, delete etc registry keys... type "reg /?" to see the options. Just in case you dislike the graphical interface...

To modify that value, use it like this (first it deletes and then re-adds with the new value), so here's the full hack after all:

reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}\ShellFolder /v Attributes /f

reg add HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}\ShellFolder /v Attributes /t REG_DWORD /d 0xa9400100 /f

Reboot. Done.

[[ to revert to original, replace 0xa9400100 by 0xa0900100 and re-run]]

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jul 2010   #13

Windows 7
didn't work for me

i changed the value to 0xa9400100, like stated.
the favorites folder didn't go away, so i figured i had to delete it, and then it finally wouldn't come back.
however it did, and i took a screen shot of it, with proof that the value is 0xa9400100.


also, i'd be very grateful if someone could direct me to a page or thread helping me remove the pesky "searches" folder as well. the only reason it's not in my screenshot is because i had just removed it, but it's guaranteed to come back.

yes, it is windows 7. it's just in classic view with an hour's worth (and still making changes) of customizations to make it run similarly to winXP(classic view)/win98.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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