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Windows 7: Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

11 Aug 2011   #40
Shag00

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Brink,

as you can see from the attached screenshots my initial post remains correct:

Capture is the 32 bit entry,

Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-capture.jpg

Capture 1 shows the registry tree where the missing registry location given in the tutorial should appear if it existed,

Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-capture1.jpg

Capture 2 is the 64 bit entry in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}\ShellFolder, which we have discussed earlier.

Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-capture2.jpg

I am still wondering if the version of Windows 7 one has is the reason for the different registries, as I said previously this is a new install of Windows 7 Home Premium.




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11 Aug 2011   #41
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Strange. Where did you get your copy of Windows 7 from? Is it some sort of modified version of Windows 7?

Does it still not remove Favorites from the navigation pane for you with those set, and even after restarting the computer?
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11 Aug 2011   #42
Shag00

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Brink,

I got it from a shop that sells Windows 7 and favorites still appears, the only modifications I have made to the registry are network related to improve speed and reduce logon requirements of LAN devices.

I did however check another PC I have and it has the registry entries described in the tutorial. I know registry entries can be merged, do you know if I can copy the entry from my other PC and merge it with my registry?
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11 Aug 2011   #43
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Before we try something as involved as that, try merging the REG file below to add the location below to the registry from step 9 to remove favorites. Afterwards, try the tutorial again to see if Favorites is gone.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}


Attached Files
File Type: reg Remove_Favorites.reg (4.2 KB, 293 views)
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13 Aug 2011   #44
Shag00

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Brink,

this was not as successful as we may have hoped:

Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-capture.jpg

in fact nothing was copied over, not even the directory structure. I tried again as the first thing I did after re-booting and still same response.

Can merges be done between POST and Windows start?


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13 Aug 2011   #45
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Shag00,

It seems that something is wrong with your installation if this key is not present. Other than doing a repair install of Windows 7, or a clean install, I'm not sure what else may fix this for you.

If this is your only issue, then you might not want to go to this extreme for just this issue though.
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13 Aug 2011   #46
Shag00

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Brink,

found something interesting, I tried to manually create a new key in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE, called wow6432Node and to my surprise I got this error message:

Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-capture.jpg

so it appears the key is there but not visible. I am able to create new keys with other names.


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13 Aug 2011   #47
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That sure is what it appears to be. I'm afraid that I do not know of any way to fix it other than a repair install though.
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21 Aug 2011   #48
Shag00

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Brink, an update - this whole area is as buggy as hell and I have spent many hours today trying to pin down what is actually happening and what is causing it.

From the top:
1. a brand new win 7 x64 install
2. only firefox, CCleaner, device drivers and windows updates installed on my machine
3. I still lost the wow6432node
4. after numerous system restores I finally managed to end up with no favourites and my wow6432node registry key intact
5. I did not need to alter the wow6432node key either

The fact that on numerous occasions doing the same thing gave different results is disconcerting (create system restore point, action, result//system restore, same action, different result) as is also the fact I did not need to change the wow6432node key.

My suspicion is that changing the locations of MY Documents/Downloads/Music/Pictures/Videos to a different drive is the root cause though after several attempts I cannot re-create the problem consistently. The problem is in here somewhere but as I have what I want I CBF to spend the hours necessary to dig out the proof.

My suggestion to anyone else with this problem is do not change the location of all of your MY XXX folders and to create a system restore point before every step.
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21 Aug 2011   #49
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Shag,

Thank you for posting back with your results. The wow6432node key is only for the smaller "Save as" type windows though in the 64-bit Windows 7.
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